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2022 Cotillion Events

Cotillion 2022 Events

Join us for a three day weekend of fun and fundraising benefitting Canine Rescue! Enter your furbaby in professionally judged pet fashion runway events including International Night with country specific costumes and the Saturday night Cotillion competition complete with pet evening gowns and tuxes or suits. Trophies will be awarded to winners. There will be a live auction, raffles, silent auction, and 50/50 raffle along with music by DJ Bumi Benjamin. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday events will be held at the Monarch Country Club a short distance from the event hotel which is the Courtyard by Marriott in Stuart, Florida.


Friday Night, International Competition. Costume may be any country, any era. Furbaby moms and dads may dress in cocktail attire or matching costume.

Saturday Night Main Event, Cotillion Competition. Furbaby attire: evening gowns for girl, suits or tuxedo for boys. Moms and dads of competing furbabies are asked to wear navy or black cocktail attire.

Sunday Brunch

Pajama party theme. Be creative and have fun. Skits are welcome.

Competition Prejudging Schedule:

There will be two days of prejudging. Friday judging will be for the International Competition and Saturday for the Cotillion Competition. Prejudging will be at the event hotel, Courtyard by Marriott by appointment from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM on each day. Judging times will be given by the time and date of purchase of tickets, first come first serve.

Trophies will be presented to the following categories:

INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION (Friday evening, arrive 5:00 PM)

Mr. and Miss International

*First Runner Up Furboy and Furgirl

Best International Costume, Furboy and Furgirl

*First Runner Up Costume Furboy and Furgirl

*Second Runner Up Costume Furboy and Furgirl

Best International Costume Designer, Furboy and Furgirl

*First Runner Up Best International Costume Designer, Furboy and Furgirl

*Second Runner Up Best International Costume Designer, Furboy and Furgirl

COTILLION COMPETITION (Saturday evening, arrive 5:00 PM)

Mr. and Miss Cotillion

Mr. Gentle Furboy

Miss Congeniality

Mr. and Miss Ambassador

Best Evening Gown and Best Tux, Furgirl and Furboy

*First Runner Up Best Evening Gown and Best Tux, Furgirl and Furboy

*Second Runner Up Best Evening Gown and Best Tux, Furgirl and Furboy

Best Evening Gown Designer, Best Tux/ Suit Designer

* First Runner Up Best Evening Gown Designer, Best Tux/Suit Designer

*Second Runner Up Best Evening Gown Designer, Best Tux/Suit Designer


Awarded to Furboy and Furgirl who has attended every event in the season. The award is based on total scores from each judge for each event calculated together to reach a final score. 2022 International Night and Cotillion Night scores will be added to the final total.

Top Points Winner, Furboy and Furgirl

First Runner Up Points Winner, Furboy and Furgirl

SUNDAY BRUNCH (arrive 11:00 AM)

Sunday brunch will not be judged by costume but for creativity and fun! Skits welcome.

The following categories will be judged at the brunch event:

Just Rolled Out of Bed

Hugh Heffner Look

Victoria’s Secret Sexy Lingerie Look

Grandpa Pajama Look

Granny Nightgown Look

Best Themed PJ Group (1 trophy)

Best Mom and Furbaby (boys and girls) Pajama Look

Overall Best Skit


Enter your furbaby in the Most Photogenic furboy and furgirl contest by purchasing a ticket in the ticket section and submit furbaby photo to Furbaby must be dressed. Winners will be announced at the Cotillion. Trophies will be presented to each winner.


Vendors may reserve a complimentary vendor table with purchase of a 3 day ticket. Tables will be available to attendees for the entire 3 day period. 20% of all vendor table sales will be donated to Canine Rescue.


Tickets for Cotillion may be purchased on this Eventbrite site. Price of ticket includes meals for 3 events. There will be a set menu for the Friday night event. Meal selections for the Saturday night event are either Filet Mignon or Salmon. See the ticket section for pricing and meal selections. Select your ticket by meal choice.

All meal events will be held at the Monarch Country Club. Prejudging on Friday and Saturday will be done at the event hotel (Courtyard by Marriott in Stuart, Florida.)

NOTICE: CDC occupancy rates for the state of Florida are limiting the number of people who may occupy a meeting room during the Covid outbreak. This includes all service people in addition to attendees. Tickets will sell out very quickly. Do not delay purchase of your tickets. Once tickets are sold out there will be no additional admissions. In the event of COVID 19 disruptions events will be rescheduled and tickets applied to a new event. Each event is observing proper COVID requirements for the protection of attendees.

Hotel Information

Courtyard by Marriott

7615 Southwest Lost River Road

Stuart, Florida 34997


The hotel has a 24-hour cancellation policy; if for any reason you cannot keep your reservation, please call 24 hours prior to arrival to avoid a cancellation charge of one night’s room & tax. Please call the hotel directly at 772-781-3344 or utilize this link. Ask for the G Girl Cotillion block to get the group rate.

There is someone at the hotel to handle your request 24/7. Standard room types within the room block are $99.00 plus tax; upgraded room types (balcony rooms) are an additional $10.00 (excluding suites) per room plus tax. The Courtyard Stuart offers ample free parking, a great-room lobby concept complete with a Bistro-style restaurant serving Starbucks coffee. The Bistro is open in the morning for breakfast and then again in the evening for dinner and/or drinks. Early check-ins will be accommodated when possible, but cannot be guaranteed.

Competition International/Cotillion Judging Criteria

International Night

Costume Category-Pick any country – any era (Fur moms/dads costume must be in black or black cocktail)

Cotillion Night

Fur babies evening gowns girls/tuxedos boys

Fur mom and dads formal back attire

Costumes/Gowns/Tuxes will be judged by the following criteria:
• General first impression
• Originality and uniqueness of design
• Theme appropriateness
• Fit and comfort
• Construction of the garment to include stitching, neatness, proper sewing techniques
• Finished edges, clipped threads, no exposed wiring or boning
• Use of lining where appropriate
• Sewn rather than glued embellishments (exception crystals)
• Use of ornament and embellishments to include beading, laces, appliques, crystals, embroidery, piping
• Coordination of fabric types, fabric colors, fabric patterns, trims and ornament
• Use of advanced sewing techniques
• Only custom designed outfits will qualify.

The following behavioral traits will be judged with some traits weighing more heavily in the various categories:

  • Overall first impression to include expression, poise, and grace
    • Overall personality
    • Star quality
    • Alertness
    • Friendliness
    • Comfort level when placed on the judging table
    • Reaction when being touched by judges
    • Ability to obey commands such as sit/stay/stand
    • Comfort level on the runway

General Comments

  • Escorts of models are asked to wear black attire in order to better see fur baby outfits.
    • Each category to be judged will consider the above criteria with weighting of points to vary depending on the category.
    • Points will be tallied and comments made on the judging sheet for each entry.
    • In the event of a tie in points, judges will make a decision on winners.
    • Behavior, personality, star quality, and costume excellence will be considered in each category (except best designer awards) to determine winners.
    • Best designer awards will be awarded on the costume judging criteria only.
    • The following items will not be considered in judging:
    • Whether the fur baby walks or is carried
    • Strollers, props of any kind
    • Past history of fur baby such as previous awards or rescue stories
    • Parent costumes
    • Any kind of tricks by the dog
    • All fur babies not in a stroller must be on a leash at all times.
    • Any fur baby not in a stroller must be wearing panties or a bellyband.

As G Girl Productions has started expanding into venues around the country more and more people are asking “what is G Girl?” “How did this get started?” “Why is G Girl doing these events?” These questions along with “wow that’s really wild” and “who would have ever dreamed?” For anyone who really knows Laura Souza all of those questions and more are quickly answered and it all starts to make sense. Laura isn’t just a crazy doggy mama with a good heart. She has a background that would astound many. Most of her life she has been involved in “show business” and the performing arts having studied under the best in the business and performed around the country in musical theater and opera productions that would impress any aficionado of music and theater. Her educational background includes study at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, at Herbert Berghof Studio in NY with Uta Hagen, Circle in the Square in NY, with Lee Strasberg at Lee Strasberg Actors Studio in NY, with Michael Kahn, and a master’s degree in fine arts from NYU. She has performed in well-known productions around the country. To mention a few…Sound of Music, Evita, Pirates of Penzance, Oliver, Hello Dolly, Annie, Oklahoma, Nine, Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, Bye Bye Birdie, You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown…the list goes on and on. After sadly losing her voice due to surgery complications, she taught for a while at the university level.

So when you wonder how our “fairy godmother” Laura comes up with all of her “crazy ideas” for what the next furbaby ball or cotillion will be, it all comes from years of creativity, performance, and most of all love for the furbabies who benefit her many efforts for the rescue community. Her events are truly a production and entertainment for all who attend. Thank you Laura for using your many skills and your heart of gold to help so many furbabies and to provide a source of entertainment that soon the world will know even more about.

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Canine Rescue, North Augusta, SC

Canine Rescue

Canine Rescue is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation located in North Augusta, South Carolina.

We have no employees and are staffed by 4 volunteers; 2 fulltime, 2 part-time.  All puppies/dogs are fostered in 1 of 2 private foster homes.

We must limit the number of puppy/dog(s) we can foster due to our limited resources.

Our team consists of more than 50 years (combined) of “hands on” pet care and training; pre-adoption counseling and post adoption support.

We sincerely want to share the opportunity for others to experience the profound lesson in forgiveness, share the gift of unconditional love, and witness first-hand how truly appreciative these dogs are just to be a part of your life.

We are a NO KILL organization.

P.O. Box 7025

North Augusta

South Carolina 29861-7025

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