2nd Annual Hamptons Barking Beauty Pageant

To benefit RSVP Animal Rescue Group, & WHB PAC Children’s Arts Academy

Thursday, August 29th, 2019, 6-8pm – Opening Cocktail Reception, 8pm – Show

Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center

Cute Canines compete in Designer Duds and Tantalizing Talent for fame & fortune

– to benefit Pet Rescue and young Performers’ Dreams! 


On Thursday, August 29th 2019 6-10pm at the infamous Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center, a pet fashion, talent and rescue extravaganza will feature the cutest dogs in the Hamptons! Area businesses, and Kennedy Art Productions have joined forces to present the 2019 Hamptons Barking Beauty Pageant to help raise the money needed by RSVP Animal Welfare and Rescue Group to save and rehabilitate abused and neglected area pets, and to help fund the WHB PAC Nancy & Frederick DeMatteis Arts Academy and their young performers.

Founded in 2006, The Barking Beauty Pageant has helped support community projects and animal rescue groups with exciting pageant events in New York City, Philadelphia, and New Jersey. The 2nd Annual, 2019 Hamptons Barking Beauty Pageant will mark their 14th pageant event overall.

The Barking Beauty Pageant is the original beauty pageant event for dogs. Patterned after human beauty pageants, the canine contestants will compete in Photogenic, Activewear, Glamourwear and Talent, for the chance to win a Crown, Medals, Banners, and beautiful gifts from the event Sponsors, all while contributing to worthwhile causes. Spectators will also win with Door Prizes, a Silent Auction, and a 50/50 Raffle.

Leslie Kennedy, veteran pageant contestant and emcee, and former star of NYCTV25’s Doggie Moms, created and will host the event along with her adorable sidekick, Yorkshire Terrier, SalliSue. “Any dog is eligible – young, old, male or female, full breed or mixed, big or small – all are welcome,” she said, “We’ve had male and female winners, mixed breeds, even a big dog, a pittie won one year! It’s so fun to see all these cute dogs and to experience the love they share with their parents – just like me and SalliSue!”

“We are so happy to be included as a beneficiary of this event, and are so looking forward to it. I think this is going to be one of the highlights of our year,” said Lillian Lennon, President of RSVP, Inc.

Julienne Penza-Boone, Dir. of Arts Education for the WHB PAC Arts Academy said, “What brings more joy to the world than children and animals? We’re so grateful that the proceeds from Barking Beauty Pageant will be benefitting both dogs and WHBPAC Arts Academy programs – all year long, children shine on our stage and now, we’re so excited to see some fabulous pups show off in the WHBPAC spotlight.”


For more information please contact Leslie Kennedy of Kennedy Art Productions and The Barking Beauty Pageant at 631-654-9180 or email Leslie at BarkingBeautyPageant@gmail.com. The official website for the event is www.BarkingBeautyPageant.org.

This is a pet-friendly event.

Tickets for the Opening Cocktail Reception beginning at 6pm are $75 each and include Free hors d’oeuvres, cash bar & General Admission tickets to the pageant beginning at 8pm. Spectator Tickets alone are $60 each – available at www.BarkingBeautyPageant.org/ticket-sales . Well-behaved leashed non-contestant pets are welcome free of charge. All attendees will receive free Door Prize Raffle Tickets, the opportunity to win in the 50/50 Raffle, and to bid on fabulous Silent Auction gifts. Free Gift Bags to the first 100 attendees.

Contestant Registration is $110 and includes a human ticket for the Contestant’s Escort, for both the reception and the show – available at www.BarkingBeautyPageant.org/ register .


****Sponsorship and Vendor Opportunities Available****

The Barking Beauty Pageant: The Barking Beauty Pageant seeks to provide a fun, bonding and learning experience for the contestant dogs and their parents, while providing a unique entertainment experience for the spectating audience, and an opportunity for all to contribute to a deserving local pet charity and an active area civic organization/charity by providing funds for education, creative recreation, medical care, food and/or other services as needed.

RSVP Animal Welfare & Rescue Group: RSVP, Inc., is a proactive, grass roots animal welfare organization dedicated to improving the lives of companion animals while enhancing the communities in which they live by providing low-cost and free spay/ neuter assistance, rescue and adoption services, pet-care education and continued oversight and support as needed for responsible pet ownership.

Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center’s Nancy & Frederick Arts Academy: For the over 600 students who participate in the onsite week-long camps, after-school classes, and tween and teen theatre troupes annually, the WHB PAC Arts Academy is designed to empower, engage, and educate youth and adults through high-quality, transformative performing arts and storytelling experiences, to cultivate creative expression, empathy, and confidence in all students – regardless of socioeconomic background, race, gender, or sexual identity, and to build a nurturing and strong community within the WHBPAC walls and beyond.   






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