Somers Point-Community First hosted "Beauty and the Leash" on the lawn of Shore Medical Center on Saturday, Sept. 14.

Hosted by Eddie Davis of Lite Rock 96.9 FM, the event kicked off with a “Show Us Your Paws” parade along Bay Avenue led by “R Dog” of Republic Bank in Somers Point, which was followed by a ceremony honoring the pet therapy dogs at Shore.

It culminated with a talent and beauty contest judged by former Miss America Suzette Charles; former Miss New Jersey and Miss New Jersey-USA Amy Fissel-Osborn; David Hughes, founding member of Somers Point-Community First; and Don Bellis, board president of Beacon Animal Rescue, which was on hand with adoptable dogs and swag, while Republic Bank gave away doggie-approved goodies. Winners were awarded a medal and celebratory biscuit.

Associate Editor, At The Shore/ACWeekly

Freelance reporter for At The Shore/Atlantic City Insiders from 2011-2015; Editor in Chief, MainStreetMarlboro.com,2014-2015; Writer for Zagat, 2013

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