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    “Strong Women, Strong Dogs” Competition to Benefit Homeless, Abused Canines

    Wayne, Michigan – This Thursday, December 5, US 12 American Grill will be selecting the grand prize winner of the “Strong Women, Strong Dogs” calendar girl competition to benefit Detroit Bully Corps. US 12 hopes to raise more than $10,000 from calendar sales and will be donating all proceeds to Detroit Bully Corps, a non-profit organization dedicated to rescuing and rehabilitation Bully Breeds, which includes breeds such as the American Pit Bull Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier, Boxer, Rottweiler, Bulldog, and Mastiff.

    “This calendar girl competition is more than just pretty girls in bikinis. This is a way for us to give back by raising awareness and much-needed funds for homeless and abused dogs,” said John Goci, owner of US 12 American Grill. “We’ve all heard the stories about Detroit’s stray dog epidemic and Detroit Bully Corps is doing important work by being a resource to the community and the dogs.”

    Photographer Perry Rech of Palan Images is donating his photographic services for the calendar. Photo shoots will take place at Ponyride, a 30,000 square-foot warehouse located in Detroit’s Corktown neighborhood that was transformed by Phil Cooley of Slow’s Bar Bq fame into an eclectic mix of workspaces used by artists and entrepreneurs.

    “I am grateful the owners of Ponyride have graciously donated the use of their building for this project,” said Rech. “We’ve completed four photos shoots so far and Ponyride has proven to be a perfect backdrop due to the wide variety of colors, textures and vignettes available inside and outside of the building.”

    Detroit Bully Corps president and co-founder Bill Bellottie said, “The theme of the calendar, ‘Strong Women, Strong Dogs’, really comes to life when you see Perry’s photos. Instead of focusing on where these dogs came from, we are celebrating their lives now. They are survivors.”

    The final competition begins at 10:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 5 at US 12 American Grill located at 34824 Michigan Avenue in Wayne. US 12 has been hosting the competition for the past 12 weeks and calendars will go on sale in mid-December.

    Detroit Bully Corps is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization located in Ann Arbor dedicated to rescuing and rehabilitating Bully Breeds, especially the American Pit Bull Terrier. For more information, please visit:

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