BAAR raises funds with ‘Barks and Bears’

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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.

CON­TRIB­UTED PHOTO

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.

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