PHOTO GALLERY: Pooches help bring in the moolah

Now an annual event to benefit underprivileged migrant worker children, Mutts ‘n Martinis Yappy Hour brought out a bumper crowd

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  • The organization was founded by Marco Islander Karen Saeks in 2006 after she became appalled at the plight of children whose parents didn’t even have the money to buy them proper pajamas, socks, and e

A little yapping, just a hint of territorial-type growling here and there, and plenty of getting-to-know-you sniffing.

That was the scene over at the Esplanade Wednesday when the charitable organization Bedtime Bundles held its biggest fundraiser of the year.

Appropriately called Mutts ‘n Martinis Yappy Hour, the event attracted dog owners galore, who paraded their pooches in assorted fun categories, while dozens of tables featured silent auction items to bring in operating money for the organization.

Bedtime Bundles benefits the underprivileged children of migrant workers in Collier County, particularly on farms.

It was founded by Marco Islander Karen Saeks in 2006 after she became appalled at the plight of children whose parents didn’t even have the money to buy them proper pajamas, socks, and even underwear.

Since then, the organization has grown to the point of having 180 volunteers, and permanent offices at 951 N. Collier Blvd. above IBR Realty’s offices.

“At the moment, we’re working on 540 bundles,” said Saeks Thursday morning, taking a call in the middle of a meeting to assess the amount of money raised the previous evening.

She said 100 percent of the proceeds go towards making up children’s bundles, which also contain sweat shirts and pants, bath towels, and also a toy and a book for good measure.

Saeks said by all accounts, this year’s event — the second of its kind — would turn out to be a great success.

“We’ll be doing the same thing every year at this time,” she said.

Bedtime Bundles hours are 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. weekdays. Contact number is 393-3415.

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