The Wilshire Grand Hotel, located at 350 Pleasant Valley Way, West Orange, New Jersey, will host the second annual New Jersey Barking Beauty Pageant on Sunday, September 25 at 4:00 p.m. During the pageant, canines will compete in ActiveWear, GalmourWear, and Talent competitions for a grand prize package that includes a fashion photo shoot.  Category winners and overall runners-up will receive prizes including gift certificates, dog-walking and grooming services. Proceeds from the Barking Beauty Pageant will benefit the Mt. Pleasant Animal Shelter of East Hanover, NJ.

Leslie Hughes, star of “Doggie Moms” and host of the "National American Miss" Pageant, will MC the event along with her Yorkshire Terrier, Salli Sue and will be joined by celebrity judges Meghan Alexander from Inside Edition and Lou Martini Jr. from The Sopranos.   The judges' scores determine the winners of each category and the top three overall winners. The 2011 Barking Beauty is ultimately determined by audience vote.

To learn more about the event, contact the organizers about sponsorship opportunities, or to register your pooch, go to Pre-registration for contestants is $50; space is limited to 20 dogs so pre-registration is encouraged.   Audience tickets are $15 and can be purchased online or at the door.  Audience members are also welcome to bring leashed dogs to join in the fun.


About The Wilshire Grand Hotel


All guests staying at The Wilshire Grand Hotel enjoy an atmosphere of luxury, which includes an accommodating staff, large comfortable guest rooms, plush furniture and elegant décor.  Plus, complimentary amenities abound, such as wireless internet, Grand Wilshire European Style Breakfast Buffet, cardio & weight fitness center, seasonal outdoor patio & putting green, and much more.  For added enjoyment, The Wilshire Grand Hotel features the Zagat Rated restaurant and bar, Primavera, offering exciting meals and libations in an atmosphere ideal for socializing, networking, or simply relaxing at a New Jersey luxury hotel. The first-class accommodations and amenities at The Wilshire Grand Hotel entice business travelers, while also catering to private individuals or for corporations and privately catered affairs.  For more information, please visit www.thewilshiregrandhotel.coml.