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Fundraisers boogie for rescued dog

by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Borris, a Newfoundland puppy diagnosed with severe aortic stenosis, will be the star attraction at a kissing booth, just outside Milwaukie City Hall on May 3, during First Friday.Borris wants to give everyone big, sloppy kisses, but he needs a little help so that he can have a long, productive life.

Borris, a Newfoundland puppy diagnosed with severe aortic stenosis, was rescued by Jamie Bailey when she found out his former owner could not pay for the $3,000 surgery he needs. Once Bailey, a client at The Warrior Room, a kettlebell studio in downtown Milwaukie, told her colleagues at the studio that Borris needs the surgery within the next two months, they rallied to help raise money.

First up is “Boogie for Borris,” on Saturday, April 27, at The Warrior Room, located at 1928 S.E. Washington St., in Milwaukie.

In addition to free hugs and kisses from Borris, other activities will include a 45-minute kettlebell workout led by three Warrior Room certified kettlebell instructors, while disc jockey Gustav, of 94.7 FM, Portland’s alternative radio station, spins music.

The $15 tax deductible donation lets participants get up close and personal to a kettlebell workout; free childcare is available. Only two sessions are planned, one from 10 to 10:45 a.m. and the other from 11 to 11:45 a.m. Sign up for the class at warriorroom.org; limited to 20 people per class.

In addition, on April 27, $1 from every cup of coffee sold at the Painted Lady Coffee Shop will be donated to Borris’ campaign. The coffee shop is at 2045 S.E. Washington St., Milwaukie.

 Kissing Booth

The next appearance Borris makes will be where the kissing really pays off, noted Jody Schreffler, a client at The Warrior Room, who said she is acting as “Borris’ campaign manager.”

Borris will be the star attraction at a kissing booth, just outside Milwaukie City Hall on May 3, during First Friday. Professional photographer Sara Vandepas is donating her time to take photos of Borris kissing participants, after they make a donation to his surgery campaign, Schreffler noted.

City Hall is at 10722 S.E. Main St., and First Friday takes place from 5 to 8 p.m.

“People are passionate about pets, and once I put the information out there, businesses started contacting me,” she said.

ACME TV, 2026 S.E. Monroe St., Milwaukie, has donated copies of the DVD “Mooch” with special edition covers featuring Borris for the group to sell during First Friday at the kissing booth.

“The more I live in Milwaukie, the more I see what a powerful thing it is to live in a small community. I don’t think you would get this kind of attention in a bigger community,” Schreffler added.

Fast Facts

Pay for the kettlebell class online at warriorroom.org, with cash, check or credit card at The Warrior Room, or by making a direct donation to guardiansofallcreatures.org. You MUST make a donation to secure your spot.

Find out more about First Friday in Milwaukie at firstfridaymilwaukie.com.




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