Bark For Life, popular ACS fundraiser set to return to Bates
July 23, 2014Bark For Life Valley Center is fast approaching and organizers are currently accepting registration for participants, lining up vendors and recruiting sponsors for the event that raised just over $16,000 for the fight against cancer.
"Last year we raised just over $16,000 which for a first year bark is pretty impressive," said Lori Lallo, chairperson for the popular event. "Average for a first year Bark is only about $4,000. We have five teams already registered with at least 27 dogs."
This is the second year Lallo will bring the event to Valley Center and her hope is to raise about $17,500 and have even more than last year's 150 dogs participate
"This year I'd like to see 200 dogs come," said Lallo. "Last year we had such a good turnout it will be hard to beat."
Sponsorships are available at all levels, ranging from $100 to $1,000, for those who wish to help but are not able to participate. All sponsorships include the sponsor's name and logo on the Bark For Life website.
"We do it differently than Relay does," Lallo said. "We have levels at $1,000, $500, $250 and $100. We already have a $1,000 or Leader of the Pack sponsor."
Vendor spaces are also available at the event and can be purchased for $75; the cost for nonprofits is $25 a space. The vendor expo will run from 8 a.m. – noon on the day of the event. Luratics, an all-breed coursing club will be doing demonstrations and opening their course up to all breeds during the event.
"So far we have 15 vendors signed up for the event," said Lallo. "One of the big things that we are doing this year that we didn't do last year is having the Luratics Coursing Club participate. They are setting up their coursing so dogs can run it and donating all of their proceeds to Bark. It's a pretty big event to have up here."
Lure coursing is a fun, fast-paced chase sport for dogs where they run after a "bunny" lure attached to a line in a safe, fenced grass field. The dogs can run as fast or as slow as they want. No experience is needed and all dogs run individually. It doesn't matter what size, shape or age the dog is – they love to chase things and will love lure coursing!
"Many people are surprised when their dogs go crazy for the lure," said Lallo. "I have two corgis and to watch them, it is so funny. They get such a kick out of it; they just think it's the best thing in the world."
Also this year, the event will host a silent auction from 8 – 11:30 a.m. Participants will have the opportunity to bid on goods and services donated by the local community.
"We'll have some food available," said Lallo. "There will be some pools and doggie games and there will be a couple of contests including a dog superhero costume contest. You know they are our superheroes."
A kissing contest and second yet to be announced contest are also planned for the event.
To participate in a Bark For Life, dogs should be up to date on vaccinations. There is a six-foot maximum leash length, retractable leashes are not allowed. Cost per dog is $15 and there is a two dog maximum per person. The event runs from 8 a.m. – noon and while organizers prefer pre-registration for planning purposes people, along with their four-legged friends are allowed to register the morning of the event.
"It goes by so fast," Lallo said. "Last year there was a lot better turnout than I ever could have anticipated."
For more information on Bark For Life, to register as a participant or become a sponsor or reserve a vendor space visit www.relayforlife.org/barkvalleycenterca, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call Lallo at (760) 749-7266.