The fourth annual American Cancer Society Greater Toledo Area "Red, White, and Bark for Life," a one-mile dog walk, is set for Sept. 8 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Fort Meigs in Perrysburg with honorary chairman Christina Williams of WTVG-TV, Channel 13. The Blessing of the Dogs is at noon.
The relay fund-raising event honors the care-giving qualities for canine companions while contributing to cancer cures, said Deb Buker, event chairman.
PHOTO GALLERY: Red, White, and Bark BBQ
Nearly 14 years ago, Mrs. Buker had breast cancer and that same year, her father, mother, sister, mother-in-law, and sister-in-law also had cancer. Her family and friends were there in support but also by her side was her chocolate lab Gillian, who licked her tears, made her laugh, and was the only one to see her bald head. Bark for Life lets Mrs. Buker remember Gillian while giving back to the American Cancer Society.
The annual Red, White, and Bark BBQ kickoff party was Aug. 24 at Carranor Hunt and Polo Club with emcee Jeff Smith of WTVG-TV, Channel 13. Dinner was dandy, a silent auction included many dog and cat-themed items, wines, art, and a hot air balloon ride, and the JazzAddiction band entertained.
A lottery ticket tree filled with $350 worth of instant lottery tickets was raffled and won by Mike Liebenthal.
Among the 180 attendees were Sally and John Welch, a cancer survivor who celebrated his birthday that night. Also seen were Mike and Colleen McGoldrick, Bob and Jackie Venzel, Deb and Rick Thielen, Molly and Bob Mack, Judy Reitzel and Dwight Osterud, Tom and Allison Mackin, Jon and Lisa Eckel, and Jeff and Deb Norman.
Last year, the walk and barbecue raised more than $15,000 and this year's goal is $18,000. About $8,000 was netted from the kickoff.
The Bark committee includes Annette Sipp, Megan Coutcher, Nikki Badman, Nicole Germann, Lindsay Buker, Jeanette Whalen, and Marcia Clark.
The fifth annual Bloody Mary party was Aug. 18 at the home of Mike and Jill Sevoss next to the pool in a beautifully landscaped yard in Perrysburg.
The casual competition was started by Cyndi Sculfort, Mrs. Sevoss, and Shelly Konz when they all thought they made "the best bloodys."
This year there were eight contestants and Kelly Hufford, a bartender at Rose and Thistle, was the winner.