How loud can you bark against cancer?
The event “Bark for Life of Kerr County” is planned for this Saturday, March 12 and all area dog owners and supporters are invited to sign up themselves and their dogs to participate.
This fundraising event will be held from noon to 4 p.m. at the River Star Arts & Events Park, adjoining the Hill Country Youth Event Center, on State Highway 27 East.
Events that day will include a “Bark Alley Auction,” a “Bark Ave. Fashion Show” and raffles.
“Bark for Life of Kerr County” honors the care-giving qualities of canine friends and is a non-competitive walking event for dogs and their owners, to raise funds and awareness in the fight against cancer.
Bark for Life is a canine event to fight cancer and part of the American Cancer Society’s annual “Relay for Life” fundraising events. All the proceeds of Bark for Life will be given to the larger Relay for Life campaign.
This coming Saturday, the cost to participate in Bark for Life depends on whether or not the human participant wants an event t-shirt in addition to walking with his or her canine companion.
Registration online or the day of the event with no t-shirt is $10, according to Alexis Hutcherson, co-chair of this Relay event.
She said they are offering a special at $15 for those who want to both walk and get the t-shirt. (The regular cost of this Relay shirt is $10.)
Those attending are asked to be ready to pay with either cash or checks, as no credit/ debit card arrangements have been made.
“People can register online in advance and use a credit card. But if they register at the River Star park on Saturday, they’ll need cash or a check,” Hutcherson said.
Other cash or checks will be needed for auction items, and for raffle tickets for a custom-made doghouse and for two quilts.
Hutcherson said she’s been a coordinator for Bark for Life for six years, since 2010; and was a participant at this Kerrville event starting in 2009.
“Dogs are our most constant companions. Bark for Life is a way to give back and have fun at the same time,” Hutcherson said. “Research shows now that dogs are one of closest genetic matches to us, so all the cancer research benefits them, too.”
She said the ACS only offers financial support to people through its services, but the research end sometimes also benefits dogs.
She said since this event is a fundraiser for the main Relay for Life event, the Bark for Life coordinators try to get organized Relay teams to also come to the Bark for Life with their dogs. They also welcome individuals to sign up for Bark for Life with their pets.
On Saturday, the following activities are planned.
Hutcherson said an owner/dog “Trick Contest” will be held at 1 p.m.
The “Bark Ave. Fashion Show” will start at 2 p.m.
“We’ll have winner’s plaques in several categories. Those will be awarded for best owner over age 70; best owner less than 7 years old; best dog costume; most creative dog costume; best owner and pet look-alike; best dressed dog; best “undressed” dog; and a category called favorite movie character,” she said.
Participants can bid on items in the “Bark Alley Auction” from noon when the event opens until about 3:40 p.m.; and coordinators will draw for winners’ names at 3:45 p.m.
“The auction tickets are $1 each and people can buy as many of these as they want. Winners of these items don’t have to be present to win,” she said.
Some of the donated items will be gift certificates to restaurants; specialty baskets of dog items; mugs and coffee; and rounds of golf with a retired golf pro.
Another raffle will be held for a custom-made all-weather dog house.
Hutcherson said the tickets for this item will cost $5 each or five tickets for $20.
A separate raffle will be held for two handmade quilts made out of what Hutcherson called “dog-centric” fabric, both approximately lap-size “or you could give the quilt to your dog,” she said.
She described one as a color combination in black, white and gray; and the other in much brighter colors.
She said those interested can use their raffle tickets to “bid” on one or both quilts.
As a tie to the main Relay for Life event on April 29, Hutcherson said they will have forms at Saturday’s event for people to sign up to have personalized “luminarias” in April.
“We’ll have tickets Saturday, the same ones available for April 29, and people can order luminarias in honor or memory of a person or a dog,” she said. “On Saturday people can bring their photo for the luminaria and fill out a label to go on the luminaria in April.”
Those who are ready to sign up for Saturday’s event should register at www.RelayForLife.org/BarkKerr CoTx; or visit www.Facebook. com/KerrCountyBFL.
For more information, to register, sponsor or volunteer, contact Alexis Hutcherson at 370-1343 or email her at paramedicprissy@yahoo. com; or contact Chelsea Hart at email@example.com or at (210) 595-0224
Bring your best canine friends and join others for a fun-filled day. “Celebrate, Remember and Bark Back.”