WILLIAMSON – The first annual Bark for Life was hosted by the Tug Valley Relay for Life Committee at the Williamson Softball Field on Saturday, April 30.
The American Cancer Society Bark for Life is a fundraising event honoring the life-long contributions of our Canine Caregivers. It presents an opportunity for people to be empowered through their canine companion partnerships and to contribute to cancer cures through the mission of the American Cancer Society.
The event allowed canines and their owners to celebrate cancer survivor-ship, honor people lost to cancer, and to fundraiser in support of the American Cancer Society’s mission of eliminating cancer though research, education, advocacy and service
Canine companions demonstrate unconditional love, joy, security, compassion, and no judgments of cancer survivors abilities or appearances.
Trophies, ribbons and gift certificates for the Ooh La La Doggie Spa owned by Cherie Totten were awarded to winners in several categories.
In the Best Costume category, first place went to Minnie Cooper (Owner Jessica Cooper). Second Place went to Zoey (Owner Sandy Runyon) and third went to Khaleigh (Owner Joyce Maynard).
In the Best Trick category, first place went to Minnie Cooper (Owner Jessica Cooper).
In the Owner/ Dog Look Alike category, first place went to Marissa and Trista Marcum. Second place went to Zoey and Sandy Runyon and Third Place went to Khaleigh and Joyce Maynard.
For the Best of Show small dog category, first place went to Zoey(Owner Sandy Runyon).
Best of Show for the medium dog category went to Minnie Cooper (Owner Jessica Cooper).
The Funniest Dog Photo submitted was awarded to Minnie Cooper (Owner Jessica Cooper).
The Cutest Dog Photo submitted was awarded to Zoey (Owner Sandy Runyon).
Hank owned by McKenzie Goff and Riley owned by Lindsey Runyon also participated in the Bark for Life event.
The top prize of the day was the 2016 Tug Valley Bark for Life Spokesdog. This honor was awarded to the dog that raised the most money prior to the day of the event. The 2016 Tug Valley Bark For Life Spokesdog was awarded to Minnie Cooper. Minnie raised $355for the American Cancer Society. She will be the official face of the 2017 Tug Valley Bark for Life.
All proceeds from the Bark for Life event went to the Tug Valley Relay for Life. Relay for Life is the largest fundraiser event for the American Cancer Society.
The Relay Committee would like to thank the Williamson Park Board and Ooh La La Doggie Spa for assisting with this event. Bark for Life will become an annual lead up event for the Relay for Life. The Tug Valley Relay for Life will be held Friday, June 17. The event will begin at 6 p.m. and will continue until 12 a.m. The Tug Valley relay for Life will be held at the Lefty Hamilton Field next to the Williamson Field House.
(Courtney Pigman is a news reporter for the Williamson Daily News. She can be contacted at [email protected], or at 304-235-4242 ext. 2279.)