Open House Barbeque to benefit animals with special needs

Photo courtesy of Ed Serecky Photography
Councilman Robert Abraham (left), Mary Kate and Mary Ann Abraham enjoy the festivities at the 2013 Open House.

Councilman Robert Abraham and family host event

DEARBORN – The public is invited to attend the fourth annual Abraham’s Open House and Barbeque from 5 to 9 p.m. July 26 at the family’s house at 510 Crescent Drive.

The evening is a benefit for the Dearborn Animal Shelter’s Hope’s Heroes program, a fund dedicated to assisting special needs animals at the shelter.

All donations are welcome at the event. Donations also can be made online at

The event will be catered by the Detroit BBQ Co. and Park Place Catering, with disc jockey George Kontos of Sonik Entertainment on hand spinning Motown hits.

The Dearborn Animal Shelter helps care for thousands of rescued animals annually, as they prepare to become adoptable pet family members.

Sometimes animals with severe injuries or special needs arrive at the shelter and require extra resources. The Hope’s Heroes program is designed specifically to help care for these animals that require extraordinary measures to give them a second chance.

In its first three years, Abraham’s Open House has raised more than $22,000, directly benefiting shelter animals who require extra special “hope.”

The evening is in memory of the Abraham family’s Labrador retriever, Dublin, who was killed in a fire that ravaged their house in 2009.

“This celebration is a way for our family to honor Dublin and simultaneously help the Dearborn Animal Shelter, which benefits so many in our community,” Councilman Robert Abraham said. “This year we are also especially honored to include the Dearborn firefighters, who were on the spot when we needed them and who do so much good in our city.”

The event this year is also made possible with the support of Donelson Law Group.

“The Hope’s Heroes program affords us the ability to care for special needs animals without putting stress on our daily operating funds and the rest of the adoptable animals in our care,” said Elaine Greene, Friends For the Dearborn Animal Shelter executive director. “The Abraham Open House is a wonderful community gathering that continues to keep funds at the ready when the need arises.”

The Dearborn Animal Shelter is at 2661 Greenfield Road, and is operated by the FFDAS, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. For more information, call 313-943-2697 or go to

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