DUPONT — At a music festival like PawPalooza, you might expect the lineup to include acts like Kitty Purry, The Beagles and a stand-up routine by Jimmy Kibble. The event couldn’t land those animal-themed mega-stars, but on March 26 two well-known local acts, including one with a theme-matching moniker, will lend their talents to a four-pawed cause.
A fundraiser for SPCA of Luzerne County will be held 2 p.m. March 26 at Dupont Hose Company, 308 Main St., and will include performances from Dupont band The Dawgs and Avoca’s Teddy Young and the Aces, as well as raffles and a 50/50 drawing.
According to organizer Anita Budzilek, the event will also feature catered and home-cooked options for meals and dessert.
All money raised will go directly to SPCA of Luzerne County.
“I am just a huge animal lover and I wanted to help all the animals out there,” Budzilek said. “It’s just my passion to help animals. I feel that they can’t help themselves, so if we can’t help them, who would?”
Budzilek chose the SPCA after visiting its 542 E. Main St., Wilkes-Barre location — a visit that changed her opinion of the organization.
“I went in thinking the SPCA was not a nice place for the animals, thinking they do negativity,” Budzilek said. “When I left there, I felt so great about it and that’s why I want to help them do as much as possible for these four-legged kids.”
Young said he’s also an animal lover and has his own four-legged friend. Young plays guitar and sings in Teddy Young and the Aces, and said benefit attendees who enjoy blues are in for a treat.
“Progressive blues, blues rock, anything from original stuff to Jeff Beck,” he said. “Possibly Hendrix and Clapton.”
Ron Piechota, keyboard player for the night’s other performing act, The Dawgs, said the crowd can expect its own brand of blues, classic rock and improvisational jam band material. Piechota and his bandmates all hail from Dupont, making March 26’s benefit a hometown show in addition to a fundraising effort. Piechota said he’s proud to support the cause.
“They’re a good organization and they do good work around the country,” he said of the SPCA. “There are way too many cats and dogs out there, and if they can get some of them spayed and neutered and find a proper home for them, that sounds good.”