l. to r.: EJ Seay, Katie Shaw Sweeney,
and Melissa Rodriguez
Randolph-Macon College is going to the dogs—in an artistic fashion, that is. FETCH
a Cure, a non-profit organization based in Richmond, Virginia, has unleashed its
Pups on Parade fundraising project to benefit canine cancer research and the development
of a local canine cancer center, and R-MC is helping.
Twenty-five dog sculptures are “adopted” by individual sponsors, transformed into
works of art, and then grouped into “packs” of hounds that will be displayed throughout
Richmond. Online voting via the FETCH a Cure Web site allows pet lovers with a penchant
for whimsical art to vote for their favorite canine, and a “black-collar” gala event
on June 20 wraps up the dog-centric campaign.
R-MC alumnus Frank E. “Pepper” Laughon Jr. ’59 is sponsoring
one of the pooches, which was painted by Katie Shaw Sweeney, the college’s Flippo
Gallery curator. Laughon’s generosity extended beyond the sponsorship
to include the donation of art supplies, and, with the help of R-MC students EJ
Seay '09 and Melissa Rodriguez '09, Katie’s artistic flair and creativity turned
the blank sculpture into a vibrant, boldly-painted pup. The FETCH a Cure gala
event, which will be held at the Science Museum of Virginia, includes dinner and
entertainment and is capped off with an auction. Attendees will have the opportunity
to bid on some of the pups, including the R-MC hound. The ultimate goal is to retrieve
the pup and bring it back to campus, where it can stay permanently.
For more information on FETCH a Cure, call 804-527-3535.
For more information about R-MC's Flippo Gallery or for questions about events at
R-MC, call Anne Marie Lauranzon at 804-752-7317, firstname.lastname@example.org.