"We're thrilled to be chosen as a recipient of the DunDun award. We use our funds to benefit animals and pets in Palm Beach County whose owners are in financial distress," Rhodes said.
"We believe that helping owners keep their pets, providing a safety net of assistance during times of hardship, can save the lives of dogs and cats who might otherwise be surrendered."
According to Passion for Paws, last year more than 18,000 dogs and cats were euthanized for not having a home, being feral, being surrendered by their owners or strays being picked up on the street.
"Each year we help more than 150 low-income pet owners and more than 300 cats and dogs to stay together," Rhodes said.
Barrero, who runs the gallery and the events at the arts district, is a pet lover and has two rescue dogs – a 3-year old, 15-pound Jack Russell mix and Moses, an 8-month-old Plott Hound weighing in at 73 pounds, both rescued from the streets.
He said Passion for Paws brings together his passion for dogs and Ms. Cleo.
"I'm excited and honored to sponsor an event for this magnificent cause," Barrero said.
Suggested donation at the door is $12.50 or a 5-pound bag of dry cat/dog food. Visit ConversationsWithCleo.com or crowdrise.com/passionforpawswpb/fundraiser/ycleomiliharris. Information on Passion for Paws may be found at passionforpaws.com. For information on the Arts District, call ActivistArtistA Gallery at 786-521-1199 or email ActivistArtistA@Gmail.com.