Spooktacular, pet-friendly event to feature live music, fun and adoptable pets

Bell Tower Shops and the Gulf Coast Humane Society have partnered to host a Halloween-themed Yappy Hour block party on Friday, Oct. 13 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Center Court. Held on the second Friday of each month, Yappy Hour is the area’s largest pet-friendly social hour. Pet lovers are invited to bring their four-legged friends out to play and enjoy an evening of fun at the dog-friendly shopping, dining and entertainment destination.

In the spirit of Halloween, Yappy Hour will feature a costume contest at 7 p.m. to name the cutest and spookiest dogs and the best dressed pet-owner duo. Participants can register on-site at the Gulf Coast Humane Society’s table. Pets and their owners are invited to come decked out in spooky gear for a chance to win. An on-site $5 donation to the Gulf Coast Humane Society is requested per dog to enter, with participation available for up to 25 contestants.

Offering activities for the whole family to enjoy, the event will feature live DJ entertainment from DJ Tiko, a bounce house, a sidewalk chalk station, lawn games and more. Cru will present the beer and wine for the evening, with all proceeds from beer purchases to be donated to the Gulf Coast Humane Society. Omaha Steaks will also present a “Doggone Good Deal” – $2 hot dogs and $1 water bottles with proceeds going to the Gulf Coast Humane Society. Pets Du Soleil Photography will be offering pet portraits, with 25 percent of the proceeds benefiting the Gulf Coast Humane Society.

Throughout the event, visitors will have the chance to stop by dog-friendly sponsor stations and can also meet adoptable dogs from the Gulf Coast Humane Society.

To learn more about the event, visit www.thebelltowershops.com or www.facebook.com/BellTowerShops/.

About Gulf Coast Humane Society

Gulf Coast Humane Society is a regional organization dedicated to helping companion pets find their forever homes, no matter how long it takes. GCHS provides an adoption center, spay-neuter and veterinary clinic, as well as education and awareness to the public about the welfare of homeless pets.

GCHS’ mission is to care for companion pets in need by offering safe refuge, providing medical care and facilitating adoptions. GCHS promotes the concept the “Adopt, Don’t Shop” and help educate the community about proper and responsible animal care, while providing quality, affordable veterinary care.

About Bell Tower Shops

Bell Tower Shops is the premier dining and fashion destination of the Fort Myers-Cape Coral market. The open-air center features The Fresh Market, Bed Bath & Beyond and a 20-screen Regal Cinema complex. Exceptional specialty retailers include: World of Beer, White House Black Market, Francesca’s Collection, Ulta and Williams-Sonoma. Visit www.thebelltowershops.com for more.

About Madison Marquette

Madison Marquette is a private real estate investment and operating company and a member of the global investment firm Capital Guidance, headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland. Founded in 1992, the firm employs a proven repositioning and redevelopment strategy to create value in infill and mixed-use assets in major urban gateway markets throughout the United States. Madison Marquette enhances returns while mitigating risk by directly controlling and managing the execution of its investment strategies. With more than 230 employees, Madison Marquette covers major U.S. markets through its offices in Washington, D.C., San Francisco, Los Angeles, Seattle, San Diego, New York, Philadelphia, Dallas and Fort Lauderdale. For more information, visit the company website at www.MadisonMarquette.com.