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Bark Bash returns Oct. 22

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Fundraiser benefits local rescue organization

In a little more than a week, members of the community will be able to enjoy a nice evening while helping a local animal rescue meet its needs

Bark Bash, which returns Oct. 22, is a major annual fundraiser for Barktown Rescue in Boston. The non-profit group has been rescuing dogs and cats since 2009.

In the past, the fundraiser helped with the rescue’s facility renovations after the organization moved into an old school building. While improvements continue to be made at the new facility, the event helps the rescue purchase items such as cleaning supplies, food and bedding, as well as pay off veterinary costs.

“It helps, really, to just fund all the expenses of Barktown Rescue,” said Doug Brink, a volunteer with Barktown.

Those items can also be donated year-round to the facility and a “wish list” is often posted on social media.

In addition to raising funds, the evening also helps Barktown reach out to the community about the importance of adoption and fostering animals. More foster homes and volunteers are one of the biggest needs the rescue has.  

 “They are pretty much always at capacity,” Brink said, adding that the rescue pulls dogs from area shelters. “They can’t take all of them.”

Reaching more people helps the rescue expand opportunities for volunteers, fosters and adoptive homes.

The event will include a dinner catered by Bardstown Country Club, a silent auction, raffles and music provided by Black Axe Entertainment.

“There will be a chance to win a one week stay in Gulf Shores, and a $2,000 Carnival Cruise gift certificate to be used on any date or anything Carnival has to offer,” Brink said.

The event is also bringing back a Dessert Dash, a fundraising game for guests.

“Each table has an envelope,” which the guests fill with money, Brink said. “The table with the most money gets to run first,” and select a dessert for the table.

Brink said the goal is to have 250 guests attend Bark Bash, and he encourages those interested to purchase their tickets early on.

Bark Bash will be 7p.m.-midnight Oct. 22 at the Bardstown Country Club, 130 Maywood Ave. in Bardstown. Tickets are $50 in advance or $60 at the event and can be purchased online at www.barktownrescue.org, through the rescue’s Facebook page, or at the Bardstown Animal Clinic, Barktown Rescue or Bella Salon. Those who purchase tickets through the website are asked to make a note in the form that the purchase is for Bark Bash.

Dress is business casual for the event and doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Sponsors for the event include Jim Beam (Gold Sponsor), Smith Brothers Distributing, Busy Bee, Knight’s Mechanical, Kentucky Home Realty, Bardstown Animal Clinic and Making Good Scentz.