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Two seniors will raise funds for Doernbecher Children's Hospital with a dog wash at Paws for Elegance.

COURTESY: MAEVE WIENCEK - Ten teams of Sherwood High seniors, some of them pictured here, will compete in this year's Bowmen Pageant, a fundraiser for Doernbecher Children's Hospital.Sherwood High School students Maeve Wiencek and Ally McCullen will host a dog wash fundraiser from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 19, at Paws for Elegance in Sherwood.

This fundraiser is just the pair's latest effort to raise money for Doernbecher Children's Hospital as part of the Bowmen Pageant, an annual Sherwood High event in which pairs of seniors compete to see who can raise the most funds.

In March, the seniors will come together to put on a coed pageant, complete with a talent show, interview portion, formal wear and more. Ticket sales from the March event also will benefit Doernbecher.

"I saw the Bowmen Pageant happen my freshman and sophomore year, and it was just really inspirational and empowering," said Wiencek, who helped facilitate the pageant last year as part of the junior committee. "I thought it really proved that a lot of students can really make an impact on such a great cause."

The total fundraising goal is $30,000; because 10 teams are competing, each pair hopes to raise at least $3,000. So far, Wiencek's and McCullen's fundraising efforts have included a can and bottle drive, an holiday caroling fundraiser, and babysitting. The Paws for Elegance fundraiser is their most ambitious effort yet, Wiencek said.

"When Ally and I were thinking about what we thought would bring in a lot of money toward the cause — we were just thinking, we both own dogs, so obviously we're dog lovers," she said. "We thought that doing a dog wash would probably attract a lot of people in the community."

They chose Paws for Elegance specifically because "that's where we usually take our dogs to wash them, and we know that they've been really helpful to fundraisers in the past," Wiencek said. Bill and Gigi Brand, the business' owners, are donating dog wash supplies for the students to use.

Wiencek and McCullen hope to put a big dent in their fundraising goal on Friday afternoon — and they hope to see a lot of local dog owners come out to support their efforts.

"It's a great cause, and in the past this event has raised a lot of money," Wiencek said. "This is a good chance for people to give back to Dorenbecher, which really does have a lot of impact on people's lives."


Blair Stenvick
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