BAAR raises funds with ‘Barks and Bears’
GRASONVILLE — Downpours and a threat of a hurricane couldn’t keep people away from the very first Barks and Bears event held Oct. 8 at Red Eye’s Dock Bar at Kent Narrows.
Attended by more than 120 people, the first event of its kind was put on by the Bay Area Association of Realtors as a way to raise money and bring awareness to a couple needy causes in the area, namely kids and pets. D’Vibe and Conga provided the music which included a special guest appearance by Jack Gregori who was on “Team Adam” in the 2015 season of “The Voice.” Several restaurants including Bridges, Red Eye’s Dock Bar, Harris’ Crab House, Capriotti’s, and others provided food, and there were secret and silent auctions with items donated from generous businesses and organizations around the counties.
“BAAR initially looked at ways to raise money and create awareness for AdoptA-Bear,” said Merry Tobin, BAAR board president. “BAAR is the 2016 Honorary Chair of Adopt-A-Bear so we really wanted to make a statement of our support as well as bring more attention to the great work the program does for underserved children in Queen Anne’s County.
“Once we got going, we realized that we could also support the various animal rescues and shelters in the tri-county area we represent so we came up with Barks and Bears. In addition to Adopt-ABear, BAAR is proud to have been able to support the good works of the Humane Society of Kent County; Caroline County Humane Society; Animal Welfare League of Queen Anne’s County; Chesapeake Cats and Dogs; and the Animal Resource Foundation. All need support from the communities they serve and we were glad to help.”
Adopt-A-Bear has been an ongoing program in Queen Anne’s County for over 25 years. Children K-8 who receive free lunches are automatically eligible to be included in Adopt-A-Bear. Paper “bears” with a child’s age, clothing size, and wish list are available at various locations throughout the county as well as at most real estate offices, the Queen Anne’s County Chamber of Commerce office, and the BAAR office in Centreville.
Financial contributions are always welcome due to the fact that not all children get adopted. When that happens, a group of volunteers go shopping at the Walmart in Denton, which has partnered with the program to provide discounts and assistance.
To contribute, mail your check to: Adopt-A-Bear, P.O. Box 553, Stevensville, MD 21666.
To volunteer, email adopt-a-bear@ outlook.com and let them know of your interest. This year the program is anticipating serving about 1,000 children in Queen Anne’s County.
Bob Friday, executive vice president of the Bay Area Association of Realtors, presents a check to Heather Tinelli, director of the Adopt-A-Bear program for Queen Anne’s County. The funds were raised at the recent Barks and Bears at Red Eye’s Dock Bar. This brings the total donated from BAAR to over $5,000 this year, Friday said.