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It’s not quite a toga party, but the Oct. 5 event that is officially named Animal House does invite guests to dress for a 1960s frat party and the organizers promise to keep everyone on their feet dancing. Held at the William F. Bolger Center (9600 Newbridge Drive, in Potomac) from 6 to 10 p.m., Animal House features raucous live music by Junior Cline and the Recliners and an evening full of other fun attractions.

Animal House is the third annual MCPAW party benefitting the animals helped by the Montgomery County Animal Services and Adoption Center (MCASAC), a multimillion-dollar, 50,000 square-foot facility that helps up to 6,000 animals each year, including dogs, cats, birds, reptiles, livestock and more. MCPAW (Montgomery County Partners for Animal Well-Being) is the non-profit partner of (MCASAC).

“It’s really going to be a blast,” said MCPAW’s board chair, Donald Hoffman. “Unlike a lot of staid Washington-area fundraisers, we’re hosting an upscale, 60s-style frat party with rocking, live music from Junior Cline; an over-the-top barbecue, raw bar and open bar; awesome auction items that include Ritz-Carlton, Four Seasons and beach house getaways; vintage cars, goodie bags and … well, lots more.”

The vintage cars will be viewable outside the Bolger Center but the party itself will take place in a ballroom and on the patio. Guests can also have their photos taken in a “Magic Mirror” photo booth that transforms every picture into a colorfully animated keepsake. A dessert of hot fudge sundaes will ensure a stellar finish to this event. Hoffman, whose “day jobs” include serving as founder and CEO of EXCEL Services Corporation, a nuclear utilities professional services company, and entrepreneur proprietor of Hauser Estate Winery and Jack’s Hard Cider (Gettysburg, PA), encourages attendees to, “Forget black tie. Dress like you did in college and bring your canine party animals — on a short leash, please!”

Yes, this means guests can really bring their dogs to Animal House, especially breeds that enjoy rock-and-roll. Hoffman added that, “All proceeds from the party will benefit the lost, abandoned and injured animals served so well by the Montgomery County’s Animal Services and Adoption Center. And we’re especially grateful to the event’s Cornerstone Sponsor companies — WTOP, Bethesda Magazine, EMP 180 and the Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner, who, along with my own team at EXCEL Services, and the MCPAW team, are so committed to helping us raise the roof and lots of funding for the shelter.”

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For the Animal House frat party, a range of ticket options is available, including discounted early-bird tickets (ends September 1), and group purchases. For tickets to MCPAW’s Animal House frat party, visit and click on the Eventbrite link.