The Columbus Day Parade has gone to the dogs!
Well, art shaped like dogs. Whatever. It’s a good cause. Stay with me here.
This Monday, the artwork of celebrities â€“ many with a connection to the Lower Hudson Valley â€“ will be paraded down the streets of New York City as part of an initiative to raise money for a Brewster charity.
About 30 celebs painted life-sized fiberglass dogs that will be aboard a float in the city’s Columbus Day Parade. Among the artistic celebs with a local connection are Pound Ridge residents Richard Gere (pictured) and Clive Davis; Bedford residents Chevy Chase, Glenn Close, Robert Kennedy Jr., Paul Shaffer and Martha Stewart; Chappaqua resident Vanessa Williams; North Salem resident and John Jay High School alumnus Stanley Tucci; and former Putnam County resident Judge Judy Sheindlin.
The money raised through a subsequent auction will benefit Green Chimneys, a 60-year-old non-profit organization that operates a special education school, a residential treatment center for children and a farm and wildlife rehabilitation center in Brewster. The auction ends Nov. 1.
For the rest of October, the dogs will be on display at the TimeWarner Center in Columbus Circle.
Among the other celebrities to apply their palates to fake pups were Fiona Apple, Rachael Ray, Robin Quivers, Dan Aykroyd, Jane Goodall, Cyndi Lauper, Soledad Oâ€™Brien, Joe Piscopo, Mike Richter and Bill Walton.