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Bulldogs Unleashed to return to Batavia for 2018 encore

Sep 04, 2017 08:30AM ● By Ben Scott

The Batavia Foundation for Educational Excellence, Batavia Public Library Foundation, and Batavia Parks Foundation are back in the dog house together to bring the beloved painted bulldog statues back to the streets of Batavia next summer.

“Bulldogs Unleashed II” is a public art-based effort to raise community spirit as well as funds and awareness for the founding organizations. Teaming up with the foundations are new community partners: Batavia MainStreet, Water Street Studios, City of Batavia, and the Batavia Chamber of Commerce to help with celebrations and promotions all year long.

“The original effort in 2011 was such a great success for the community, bringing thousands of people to town to see the bulldogs on display with $75,000 raised for three key Batavia foundations,” said event chairman, Steven McKenna. “Our groups felt the seven year itch, so decided it’s time to do it again.”

The bulldogs will be unleashed from Memorial Day to Labor Day 2018 with a community celebration and auction event to be held in September 2018.

CALL FOR ARTISTS: Artist applications are available online at Design proposal review begins Sept. 13.

SPONSORS NEEDED: Bulldog Unleashed sponsorship and outright purchase opportunities exist at all levels. Detailed information can be found on the website. The deadline for sponsoring or purchasing a bulldog is Dec. 15.

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