Despite a woefully bleak forecast, dog-lovers and HSTB supporters showed up in droves for the 27th Annual Bark In The Park on March 29 at noon. There was standing room only in much of Cotanchobee Fort Brooke Park as patrons and their pets visited vendors, enjoyed food and beer and rocked out to live music by Halcyon. As always, FOX 13’s Charley Belcher was the perfect emcee and entertained the crowd through his jovial banter with HSTB Executive Director Sherry Silk. A special thanks goes out to our top event sponsors, PetSupermarket and BlueGrace Logistics, who were on hand to receive much-deserved recognition for their support.
Fun was had by all for ninety minutes until, sadly, the weather gods prevailed and the event was forced to cancel due to torrential downpour, thunder and lightning. However, this didn’t dampen the giving spirits of hundreds of patrons. Even with the cancellation of the Fundraising Walk, Pet Costume Contests and Parade of Rescues, our generous supporters raised more than $100,000 for our animals! These funds will go towards our numerous programs and services, allowing us to save the lives of more homeless pets in need.
Congratulations and THANK YOU to our top fundraisers for the Walk For The Animals. We didn’t get to walk but are cheering you on nevertheless, and couldn’t be more proud of your amazing efforts on behalf of our animals!
Top Fundraising Individuals
- Anne Shields
- Merritt Barrow
Top Fundraising Packs
- FIRST PLACE: PARty Animals
- SECOND PLACE: Team Ladybug
- THIRD PLACE: Niko & Poochie’s Pack
Please stay tuned for pictures and video from the event. We can’t wait until next year.
Until then, Walk. Wag. Bark.!