CADILLAC — Two area students have hatched a plan to promote the Wex, give some animals a home and complete a school project.
Career Tech Center seniors McKenzie Nelson of Grayling and Kelly Fischer of Manton are hosting an animal adoption show at the Wexford Civic Center on Saturday, Feb. 24.
They're both hospitality, retailing and entrepreneurship students, and they're working on a sports and entertainment promotion plan as a project for DECA, a student marketing organization, said Sarah McKeever, their instructor.
The Cadillac High School varsity hockey team is volunteering to help out at the adoption show, McKeever said.
Since The Wex is the "biggest sports place in Cadillac," Nelson and Fischer wanted to promote it, Nelson said.
"We love animals" and wanted to promote them as well, Nelson said. The event also promotes the Missaukee Humane Society's work.
"The more often we can get out in front of people, the better," said Kyle Musselman, director of the Humane Society.
The shelter is planning to bring 4-5 cats and about 15 dogs, assuming those animals aren't adopted first. Adoptions have been strong lately, according to Musselman.
Nelson and Fischer approached the shelter about the adoption show in mid-to-late January, Musselman said.
The students will also be taking donations at the event. The money will be split between The Wex and the Missaukee Humane Society.
The Career Tech Center's Hospitality, Retailing and Entrepreneurship program is already chatting on social media about the event, using the hashtag #adoptashelterpet2018. Students in the program who visit the adoption show and post a picture on social media with the hashtag will get extra credit, according to a Facebook post.
The adoption show is noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 24, at the Wexford Civic Center.