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Bark at the Ball Park III Held at Bright House Field on August 21st

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Bark at the Ball Park III - Photo by Joshua T. GillionOn Friday, August 21st, Man’s best friend met America’s Pastime at Bark at the Ball Park. Dog owners brought their pets of all breeds and sizes to Bright House Field for a Clearwater Threshers game.

 The event is put on by the Humane Society of Pinellas annually during the minor league season. “Ultimately these types of events are Fundraisers,” says Twila Cole, the special events coordinator for the Humane Society of Pinellas. “We raise money through selling Sponsorship, Vendor spaces, tickets for Raffle Baskets that are made with donations and for some events we also sell shirts.

“These events also give us the opportunity to promote our shelter, our needs, our services and our PETS!  For staff and volunteers, these events bring us a refreshing reminder of all of the daily hard work that goeBark at the Ball Park III - Photo by Joshua T. Gillions into our animals as we get to witness the “Celebration of Companionship”-people loving their pets.”

The event and the Humane Society of Pinellas receive a large amount of support from Bright House Field. In addition to hosting the event, Bright House Field donates 100% of the dog tickets sales to the Humane Society, and usually makes an additional donation on top of that. This year, Bright House Field added an additional Bark at the Ball Park date. (In past years, there have been two per season, this year had three).

 “Bark at the Ball Park III - Photo by Joshua T. GillionThe…Pet Contest brought in more participants than ever, and I believe I had more vendors than ever before as well!”says Cole. She believes the event brought more people than the last event, which had 3500 people. “The entire event was truly above and beyond what we have made in years past.”

Upcoming events include “Cruising for Critters” scheduled for October 3rd, which is their annual Poker Run. “We have a great day planned with AWESOME prizes!” says Cole. “We start at Eve’s Family Restaurant in Oldsmar-tour northern Pinellas County and end at Quaker Steak & Lube.” A Rolling Stones cover band will play, and there will be vendors, as well as items for sale to raise funds for the Humane Society of Pinellas.


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