Barkin’ Ball may have been a record-breaker

Barkin’ Ball co-chairs Leah Stewart, Shane Turner, Charla Holmes. (Courtesy photo)
Barkin’ Ball co-chairs Leah Stewart, Shane Turner, Charla Holmes. (Courtesy photo)(KWTX)
Published: Jan. 10, 2020 at 5:57 PM CST
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The biggest annual fundraiser for a local nonprofit appears to have been record-breaking .

Fuzzy Friends Animal Rescue’s Barkin’ Ball, held annually on New Year’s Eve, drew a record crowd and while the money is still being counted, the amount it raised may have set a record, too.

The event sold out weeks in advance and organizers say more than 1,500 people showed up for the effort to raise money for the no kill shelter in Waco.

“We are so appreciative of a caring community that has embraced out lifesaving mission,” said event co-chair Charla Holmes.

“This event is our biggest fundraiser of the year. It provides the majority of funds necessary to run our life-saving rescue.”

The gala is the main fundraising event for the nonprofit, generating more than 60% of the annual operating funds used to save hundreds of Waco’s abandoned dogs and cats.

The money raised through the party, which included dancing, dinner and an audible auction also goes to support various community outreach programs.

“It was a great Barkin’ Ball,” Karmen Wood with the rescue said.

“Underwriting was one of the biggest years. We had so many sponsors and we couldn't do it without them. That event really helps us keep our doors open.”

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