Two months ago, Mary and Ed Bergin of Florida were in North Platte visiting relatives when they attended the debut of the Paws on the Platte’s community art project.

Impressed with the artistic quality of the painted dog statues and the people they met at a Business After Hours gathering at the Prairie Arts Center, the animal loving couple wanted to be involved in the project.

The Bergin’s saw the need to help with a Paws-itive Partners’ fundraiser.

The Bergins will donate a vacation at their beach home on the gulf coast of Florida. The 2,800 square foot beach home with screened decks is on a private island accessible only by a car ferry or private boats.

The week-long vacation will be sold during the “Paws on the Platte” auction, organized by Paws-itive Partners.

The community art dog statues are now at their final location before the auction in three weeks.  Beginning Thursday, the 27 dogs are on display at Westfield Shopping Center businesses – their final location before they will be auctioned on July 27 at Pals Brewing Company.

The event opens at 5 p.m. with a band, beverages and food. The live auction begins at 6:30 pm.

The Paws-itive Partners auction is open to the public.