Why? Weekends!

It was a busy weekend, so let’s get right to it!

Designer Dress Days

On Friday, I attended the preview day for the Designer Dress Days sale, put on by the National Council of Jewish Women/Cleveland.

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This is the 50th anniversary of Designer Dress Days, which offers new and gently worn designer dresses, suits, jackets, handbags, athletic wear and more at ridiculously great prices.
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I scored 2 cashmere sweaters, a Burberry dress, a Burberry skirt, and a Bergdorf Goodman dress for under $300!

The event is volunteer-driven and supports the NCJW/Cleveland’s community service and advocacy initiatives. The sale continues today from 12pm-8pm and tomorrow from 10am-7pm, so check it out and score some designer duds for a great price and for a great cause!

***Disclosure: I was asked to by NCJW/Cleveland to help promote Designer Dress Days. In exchange, I received complimentary access to the Preview Day, as well as compensation. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

Northeast Ohio Parent Blogger Meet-Up

On Friday evening, Jeffrey and I headed to Café o’Play for a meet-up with fellow Northeast Ohio Parent bloggers and their families.

We love Café o’Play because it’s a fun, safe indoor play area with lots to do, but still the ability to keep an eye on your child no matter where they might be (and the coffee and food are legit, too.) Apparently, Jeffrey had so much fun I didn’t even get a picture of him!

I really enjoy blogging for Northeast Ohio Parent and try to focus my blog posts on things to do with your kids around town or ways to incorporate Cleveland into your parenting, play dates, and whatnot. You can check out my latest post here.

Best of Cleveland Party

I had never been to the Cleveland Magazine Best of Cleveland Party before, which made me feel like I was missing out on one of the best parties of the year. After Saturday night, I know I was right to feel that FOMO.

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Held at the Rock Hall, the party was three levels of amazing Best of Cleveland winners with everything from beer to burgers to books.

I finally got to try Mama Mary’s Hummus and it was just as amazing as everyone says it is! Try the seasonal pumpkin hummus with a cinnamon graham cracker to achieve peak fall.

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The Gimme S’more mini beers from Boss Dog Brewing were a total win, especially because they took the time to do the sugar rim and toasted marshmallow at the event!

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Mitchell’s Homemade Ice Cream…I mean, you know my love for them is so deep.

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Polpetta deserves to be at Best of Cleveland because their table featured two of my great loves: meatballs and Kevin Love (holding a meatball.)

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And I got so excited to see The Pompadour, one of our new favorite spots, honored for Best Tapas!

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And from mascots to friends, there were so many of the best people to get to see, too!

 

We danced to Billy Likes Soda and DJ E-V and just generally celebrated these restaurants, breweries, businesses, and people who are making Cleveland the amazing place it is!

***Disclosure: I was asked by Cleveland Magazine to help promote the Best of Cleveland Party. In exchange, I received two complimentary tickets to the event and two tickets to give away. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

We also threw into the weekend a birthday party for one of our nieces, some yoga, and some time at home…phew! How was your weekend?

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Why? Designer Dress Days!

Burberry. Tory Burch. Lululemon. Betsy Johnson. Louis Vuitton. Gucci. kate spade.

If any of these brands (or all of these brands) make you as excited as they make me, then you can’t miss the Designer Dress Days sale happening Friday, October 12 through Tuesday, October 16 (excluding Saturday, October 13) at the Mandel Jewish Community Center.

Designer Dress Days is in its 50th year and is a fundraiser put on by the National Council of Jewish Women Cleveland. Putting together the items for the sale is truly a labor of love. I had the opportunity to tour the warehouse where the items for the sale were being sorted, tagged, and priced and was amazed at the well-organized operation staffed by the NCJW/Cleveland volunteers.

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From Athleisure to Exclusive Designers to Contemporary, there is something for everyone to love at Designer Dress Days.

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And it’s not just clothing either. You can find handbags, jewelry, furs, and accessories. All the items are new or gently worn and are insanely low-priced (A Burberry skirt for $50?! Be still my heart!)

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The proceeds from Designer Dress Days benefit the NCJW/Cleveland’s Advocacy and Community Service initiatives, so you’ll be scoring a great deal for a great cause!

Friday, October 12 from 10am-4pm is the Preview Day for Designer Dress Days and is the only day there is a fee for admission. For $20, you’ll get first pick of all the designer duds (and word on the street is there will be a line to get in.)

The rest of the days of Designer Dress Days, admission is free. The hours are as follows:

  • Sunday, October 14 – 10am-4pm
  • Monday, October 15 – 12pm-8pm
  • Tuesday, October 16 – 10am-7pm

I hope to see you there and to admire all your fabulous designer finds!

***Disclosure: I was asked by NCJW/Cleveland to help promote Designer Dress Days. In exchange, I will receive compensation and complimentary admission to the Preview Day. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

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Why? Put on Your Boogie Shoes Fundraiser – Costumes and Cocktails!

Want a fun way to celebrate Halloween while benefiting a great cause? Well, then Put on Your BOO-gie Shoes and head to the Hilton Cleveland Downtown on Friday, October 26.

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This event is put on by Charles Bowlus Charities. Charles Bowlus Charities was established in memory of Charles Bowlus, CEO and founder of ECRM, who passed away in August, 2011 from lung cancer, with the intent of keeping Charlie’s philanthropy alive. Its mission is to provide support for local organizations, who assist those individuals and families dealing with cancer, health & wellness, women, and children.

The beneficiary of this year’s Put on Your BOO-gie Shoes is the Domestic Violence & Child Advocacy Center, which empowers individuals, educates the community, and advocates for justice to end domestic violence and child abuse.

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Put on Your BOO-gie Shoes will be a fun Halloween party with live music from Faction (one of our favorite local cover bands), food, beer, wine, raffles and silent auctions, and costumes galore with a costume contest too.

General admission tickets are $85 and include a beer and wine bar and food. VIP tickets are $125 and include the above, plus liquor, valet parking, and VIP section access. You can purchase tickets online.

Don’t miss this fun way to celebrate Halloween, while benefiting a great cause. Oh, and tell me what Matthew and I should dress like in the comments…

***Disclosure: I was asked by Charles Bowlus Charities to help promote Put on Your BOO-gie Shows. In exchange, I will receive two complimentary tickets to the event. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

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Why? Taste of the Browns!

The last few years that we’ve attended the Greater Cleveland Food Bank‘s Taste of the Browns fundraiser, the food has been terrific and the venue has been stellar and everyone has been excited about helping out those in need. But the energy about the Browns themselves…it might have been a little bit low.

But coming off the big win last Thursday and the announcement of Baker Mayfield as the starting quarterback, there was genuine sports excitement in the air on Monday night.

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Of course, the terrific food, stellar venue, and fantastic opportunity to help those in need still existed too.

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Every dollar raised at Taste of the Browns equals 4 meals for those with food insecurity. Chef Rocco Whalen, one of the honorary co-chairs of this year’s event, single-handedly raised $10,000 by donating two Fahrenheit food truck private parties during the live auction!

Of course, Taste of the Browns isn’t just about the Browns…it’s also about the taste! And taste we did!

We started out at B Spot Burgers with their Georgia Peach burger.

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Did you know that the B Spot in FirstEnergy Stadium creates a new burger geared to each of the Browns home opponents? This creation for the Falcons game is a winner for sure!

Check out this array of delicious nibbles, with an Asian pulled pork wonton from Pearl Asian Kitchen, tuna nachos from Heck’s Cafe, and steak with horseradish sauce from Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse.

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The miso-glazed pork belly from AMP 150 and the rosemary lamb chop with butternut squash from Johnny’s Downtown were both perfect for the now fall-like weather!

And we had a ball with these gigantic Salerno Family meatballs from Lago East Bank.

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Proving they’re more than just tacos, Barrio‘s sea scallop ceviche was a fresh, delicious treat!

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I also love when I find a new restaurant that I have to try outside of a tasting event. This year, that restaurant was Corktree Tavern, whose short ribs with goat cheese polenta and dried cherries was tender, flavorful, and an amazing amount of yum in a small bite.

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To the food, the cause, and the newly re-energized Browns, cheers!

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***Disclosure: I was asked to help promote Taste of the Browns. In exchange, I received two complimentary VIP tickets to the event. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

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Why? Chefs Unbridled!

On Saturday night, Matthew and I attended one of our favorite foodie events: Chefs Unbridled to benefit Fieldstone Farm Therapeutic Riding Center.

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This event brings together a collection of talented Cleveland chefs, all of whom prepare delicious small plates to be enjoyed while strolling the big tent on the Chagrin Valley Hunt Club grounds.

The weather was cooler and the chefs were thinking cozy, fall flavors. Chef Scott Kuhn and Chef Chris Hodgson of the Driftwood Group prepared seafood chowder and fried burrata, both of which were warm and satisfying.

Speaking of warm and satisfying, the tomato risotto from the Union Club of Cleveland fit that bill too! And the slightly spicy, totally tender pork ropa vieja from Sol was delicious!

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The newly-opened Polpetta was on hand with chicken meatballs with Thai peanut sauce over veggie fried rice. Yum!

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And Chef Demetrios Athenos’ stuffed dates wrapped in bacon were the perfect bite-sized nibble.

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All of this food and fun (and friends)…

 

benefited Fieldstone Farm Therapeutic Riding Center, which helps children and adults with disabilities, PTSD, and other physical and emotional challenges, connect with horses and find comfort and growth through these relationships.

 

The live auction, which included two in-home dinners provided by Driftwood Group, raised over $60,000 for Fieldstone Farm!

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What a fabulous, fall-like evening for a wonderful cause!

***Disclosure: I was asked by Fieldstone Farm to help promote Chefs Unbridled. In exchange, I received two complimentary tickets to the event. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

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Why? Zoo Clues and Brews and Date Night at the ZOOvies!

Last week, we attended two fun, adults-only events at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo. Both were fundraisers for the Cleveland Zoological Society, which supports the Zoo’s education, conservation, animal care, and capital improvements initiatives.

Zoo Clues and Brews is put on by the Cleveland Zoological Society’s young professionals group: Ambassadors Circle. Teams hunt throughout the Zoo for answers to clues on everything from animals to exhibits to the Zoo’s mission.

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It’s a great way to get to know the Zoo better, plus enjoy some munchies and adult beverages!

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Plus, teams really get into the team names and costumes! This year, our team was named Ostricilogical Signs. Mariah made these awesome shirts with an ostrich constellation and we added boas for some feathery fun.

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Zoo Clues and Brews has become a really popular yearly event at the Zoo, so stay tuned for next year’s scavenger hunt, as well as other great events from the Ambassadors Circle!

Speaking of popular, sold-out zoo events, Date Night at the ZOOvies definitely qualifies. The Zoo is open after-hours for food, drinks, and a throwback movie in the Zoo’s amphitheater.

This year, the Driftwood Group, Great Lakes Brewing, and Vitamix all provided delicious food and drinks for pre-movie munching.

 

Plus, both Zoo Clues and Brews and Date Night at the ZOOvies were enhanced by the Asian Lantern Festival still being set up throughout the Zoo.

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After dinner and lanterns and seeing some Zoo critters…

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we headed to the amphitheater to watch the classic “Wayne’s World,” while enjoying popcorn and movie theater candy.

It was a great week of adult fun at the Zoo, all to benefit the Cleveland Zoological Society!

***Disclosure: I was asked by the Cleveland Zoological Society to help promote both Zoo Clues and Brews and Date Night at the ZOOvies. In exchange, I received complimentary tickets to both events. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

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Why? L’Amour du Vin Giveaway!

L’Amour du Vin. The love of wine. Goodness knows I love me some wine. So, I always enjoy the L’Amour du Vin fundraiser to benefit the Arthritis Foundation on Wednesday, September 26 at the Avon Oaks Country Club.

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L’Amour du Vin features small bites from some of the area’s best restaurants, like Bistro 83, Heck’s of Avon, Noodlecat, Emerald Necklace Inn, and Market and Wine Bar, Rocky River.

All of this delicious food will be paired with unlimited tasty wine samplings from a variety of vineyards representing wines from around the world. Plus, you’ll have a chance to bid on some fabulous silent auction items.

There is also a VIP Lounge, with exclusive wines, Brown-Forman cocktails, and special tastings from Gertz Culinary.

Proceeds from the event benefit the Arthritis Foundation, working to help conquer and cure arthritis, which impacts people of all ages.

Tickets are $75 for general admission and $95 for VIP admission and can be purchased online. Or you can enter to win two general admission tickets to L’Amour du Vin right here!

Here’s how to enter (you can do one, two, three, four, or all five entries, just leave a separate comment for each):

1.Check out the list of participating restaurants and leave a comment here telling me which you’re most excited to try.

2. Visit Arthritis Foundation Ohio and Why CLE? on Facebook and leave a comment here letting me know you visited both page.

3. Follow @arthritisfoundation and @whycle on Instagram and leave a comment here letting me know you’re following both.

4. Follow @ArthritisFdn and @WhyCLE on Twitter and leave a comment here letting me know you’re following both.

5. Tweet the following phrase and leave a comment here letting me know you tweeted:

I want to attend #LAmour2018 to benefit @ArthritisFdn thanks to @WhyCLE #giveaway https://whycle.com/2018/09/06/why-lamour-du-vin-giveaway-7

You can tweet once per day for additional entries, just leave a separate comment here each time you tweet.

The giveaway will close on Tuesday, September 11 at 11:59pm and the winner will be notified the following day. Good luck!

***Disclosure: I was asked by the Arthritis Foundation to help promote L’Amour du Vin. In exchange, I will receive two general admission tickets to give away. I declined my own tickets due to scheduling conflicts. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

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Why? Taste of the Browns Giveaway!

Fall is almost here, which means football season and one of the coolest food events in town: the 20th annual Taste of the Browns to benefit the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, happening Monday, September 24.

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This event combines Cleveland’s love for the Browns, the city’s celebrated culinary scene, and the chance to help those in need into one fabulous evening!

Your ticket includes wine and beer tastings, as well as delicious nibbles from over 25 of Cleveland’s best restaurants, like Fahrenheit, Johnny’s Downtown, Pier W, Deagan’s Kitchen & Bar, and many more.

Plus, you’ll get to mingle with Cleveland Browns player and alumni, pose for photo opps, bid on amazing silent auction items, and enjoy the beautiful Club Lounge at FirstEnergy Stadium.

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Tickets for Taste of the Browns are currently on sale for $177 for general admission and $252 for VIP admission. You can purchase tickets online.

Or you can enter to win two general admission tickets right here! Here’s how to enter (you can do one, two, three, four, or all five entries, just leave a separate comment here for each entry):

1.Leave a comment here telling me your favorite Cleveland Browns memory.

2. Visit Greater Cleveland Food Bank and Why CLE? on Facebook and leave a comment here letting me know you visited both pages.

3. Follow @clefoodbank and @whycle on Instagram and leave a comment here letting me know you’re following both.

4. Follow @CleFoodBank and @WhyCLE on Twitter and leave a comment here letting me know you’re following both.

5. Tweet the following phrase and leave a comment here letting me know you tweeted:

I want to win tickets to @CleFoodBank #TasteoftheBrowns at @festadium thanks to @WhyCLE #giveaway https://whycle.com/2018/08/21/why-taste-of-the-browns-giveaway-7 

You can tweet once per day for additional entries, just leave a separate comment here each time you tweet.

The giveaway will close on Sunday, August 26 at 11:59pm and the winner will be notified the following day. Good luck!

***Disclosure: I was asked to help promote Taste of the Browns. In exchange, I will receive two complimentary general admission tickets for myself and two general admission tickets to give away. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

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Why? Weekends!

What a busy and fun weekend we had! Let’s get right to it!

Scene 75 Entertainment Center

On Friday, we had the perfect rainy morning play date at Scene 75 Entertainment Center. Jeffrey loves arcades and gets so excited to win tickets and earn prizes.

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Scene 75 has a ton of arcade games in a huge space that doesn’t make you feel crammed in or overwhelmed.

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They also have a lot of other fun attractions, like go-karts, glow-in-the-dark miniature golf, laser tag, and a bounce house area that was definitely a favorite for Jeffrey and his friends.

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We had a blast and will definitely be back because there’s a ton to do at Scene 75!

Lake Metroparks Farmpark Corn Maze Grand Opening Corn Roast

As much as I’m trying to hang on to summer, fall is just around the corner, which means things like fall fests and corn mazes. The Lake Metroparks Farmpark hosted a grand opening corn roast to celebrate their Alien Adventure Corn Maze.

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The grand opening party had live music from Horsefeathers Band, pedal tractors, corn hole, and a delicious dinner of BBQ chicken, Jo-Jo potatoes, and corn.

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We took on the corn maze challenge of finding all 20 aliens hidden throughout the maze. Jeffrey was so proud that he found all of them!

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The Corn Maze is now open through October 14 from 9am-4pm. Farmpark admission applies. Definitely put this on your list of fall to-do’s!

Recovery Resources Run for Recovery

Saturday morning, we met up with friends at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo for the Recovery Resources Run for Recovery.

 

While the kids missed the Fun Run because we were trying to wait out the rain, they created their own fun run…

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…plus we had a chance to wander through the Zoo and see the red pandas, elephants, and tigers before the Zoo opened.

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The Run for Recovery is in its 6th year and had its most successful turnout to raise money for Recovery Resources’ addiction services programs. A fun morning for a great cause…no better way to start the day!

***Disclosure: I was asked by Recovery Resources to help promote the Run for Recovery. In exchange, I received a complimentary race registration. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

Western Reserve Rowing

We hustled over to the Western Reserve Rowing regatta on the Cuyahoga River just in time to see Matthew and his team win a gold medal in the Experienced Rowing division!

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This is Matthew’s second year rowing and I’m so proud of all the time and effort he’s put in, to say nothing of the team’s success!

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Plus, it’s just a really cool thing to be hanging out on the banks of the Cuyahoga surrounded by the city and watching people enjoy the water (and take a break for a massive freighter to go through).

Goldie’s Donuts & Bakery

Our busy Saturday wasn’t done yet. We also got to sample some new products that are now available at Goldie’s Donuts & Bakery.

The “sticky fingers” will be available on weekend mornings and is a donut that is prepared French-toast style and topped with nuts, corn flakes, and caramel drizzle.

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Sweet, sticky, satisfying, and delicious!

Jeffrey also gave an enthusiastic thumbs up to Goldie’s Oreo cheesecake, which is light and fluffy, but still totally decadent.

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This donut shop that’s more than just donuts is worth a stop no matter the time of day!

***Disclosure: I was invited for a complimentary tasting of Goldie’s Donuts & Bakery’s new menu items. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

Indians Game

The weather on Sunday was just perfect to take in an Indians win at Progressive Field!

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Jeffrey gets so excited about sports events now. He loved everything from watching the game…

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…to participating in the activities on the Family Deck

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…to running the bases as part of Kids Fun Day.

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Jeffrey has a Tribe Town MVP membership this year and it was so worth it! From a cool swag bag to getting to skip the activity waiver line to being first in line to run the bases, the membership has a lot of great perks for families attending games.

And since it was Jim Thome weekend, I had to enjoy a Thomenator hot dog with kraut, onions, and pierogi. A hall of fame hot dog for our newest hall of famer!

So, that was our weekend! Lots of busy, end-of-summer fun! How was yours?

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Why? Woofstock Giveaway!

I’m a big believer in “adopt, don’t shop,” which is why I’m so excited to again help promote Woofstock, a groovy fundraiser for the Geauga Humane Society Rescue Village.

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Woofstock is a full day of family- and dog-friendly activities happening on Sunday, September 16 at the Cleveland Metroparks Polo Field. The day kicks off with a can’t-miss pooch parade around the polo field, with prizes for Best Group, Best Individual, and Most Creative.

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There will also be live music throughout the day, Rescue Rrrow filled with adoptable dogs, vendors with treats and fun for humans and fuzzes, and lots more!

There are three registration options for Woofstock:

  • $25, which gets you admission and a Top Dog t-shirt
  • $10, which gets you admission and an Average Mutt bandana
  • $5, which gets you admission and a Stray Dog wristband

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Registration is free for children 10 and under. Once you register, you’re encouraged to continue your fundraising efforts for the Geauga Humane Society Rescue Village. Click here to register or donate.

Or you can enter to win a complimentary Woofstock registration and Top Dog t-shirt right here! Here’s how to enter (you can do one, two, three, four, or all five entries, just leave a separate comment for each):

1.Leave a comment here telling me why you want to attend Woofstock.

2. Visit the Geauga Humane Society and Why CLE? on Facebook and leave a comment here letting me know you visited both pages.

3. Follow @rescuevillage and @whycle on Instagram and leave a comment here letting me know you’re following both.

4. Follow @rescuevillage and @WhyCLE on Twitter and leave a comment here letting me know you’re following both.

5. Tweet the following phrase and leave a comment here letting me know you tweeted:

I want to groove, play, and fund raise for @rescuevillage at #Woofstock thanks to @WhyCLE #giveaway https://whycle.com/2018/08/17/why-woofstock-giveaway-2 

You can tweet once per day for additional entries, just leave a separate comment here each time you tweet.

The giveaway will close on Tuesday, August 21 at 11:59pm and the winner will be notified the following day. Good luck!

***Disclosure: I was asked by the Geauga Humane Society Rescue Village to help promote Woofstock. In exchange, I will receive one complimentary Woofstock to give away. I declined my own complimentary registration due to scheduling conflicts. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

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