Bark-n-the-Park walkathon

Published 2:30 pm Wednesday, October 6, 2010

The Bark-n-the-Park fundraiser will be held Saturday, November 13, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., at the Harmon Field walking trails and covered picnic area.

Organizers will be raising money for Lennies Kids, an organization that works with Foothills Humane Society and local vets to assist sick, injured, and abandoned animals by helping provide medical care and placing them in foster and forever homes.

A large percentage of these animals come into the shelter with high-level heartworms and are difficult to adopt-out because of the extraordinary expense to treat this condition. Rather than euthanize these animals, Lennie Rizzo, of Lennies Kids, finds willing adopters or foster homes, and then takes on much of the financial responsibility for their medical care himself.

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To participate in this fundraiser, walkers (with or without their pets) should get family, friends, co-workers, and even strangers to sponsor them by donating money for Lennies Kids. There is no minimum donation required (it can be $1 or $100+), but the more sponsors, the better. Walkers will collect the money from sponsors and bring it, along with their walking shoes, on November 13 to take part in this event.

Harmon Fields trail is just over one mile, and participants can walk as much or little as they desire, even looping multiple times if they wish. Dogs must be properly leashed. Company, church, and school groups are encouraged to take part. There will be concessions for lunch with grilled hamburgers and hotdogs, chips, and drinks available, with all proceeds going to Lennies Kids. There will also be a silent auction and a raffle with items donated by local business.

To register to participate in this event, call Ami/Terri at Gibbs Welding and Crane Service at 864-457-4544, or Terri Edwards at 828-863-4231 or cell 828-817-5857. Bring your puppies, bring your pooches, walk-the-walk and talk-the-talk, to raise funds for all the furry ones.