Dakin Humane Society holding virtual fundraiser on Sunday

  • Dakin Humane Society is holding its annual Barks & Brews fundraiser on Sunday, albeit virtually. Metro Creative Graphics

Staff Report
Published: 9/30/2020 10:55:48 PM

SPRINGFIELD — During Barks & Brews at Home presented by Dakin Humane Society on Sunday, participants can vote for their favorite animal videos, get merchandise and win prizes.

The virtual fundraiser, which starts at 4 p.m., will involve two video contests — Funniest Home Videos: Pet Edition and the Tails Talent Show. Additionally, participants will receive commemorative 2020 Barks & Brews T-shirts, two beer tokens from event sponsor Fort Hill Brewery of Easthampton, according to a press release from Dakin Humane Society, which operates locations in both Springfield and Leverett.

Tickets, priced at $30 per person, are on sale at dakinhumane.org until Friday.

“We are obviously taking Dakin’s most successful and well-attended event in a whole new direction,” said Stacey Price, Dakin’s director of development and marketing. “If we can’t be together in person, we want to present an event that will make everyone feel connected to each other, and to the wonderful animals in our community.”

For the past four years, the fundraiser has been held at Fort Hill Brewery, according to the release. However, organizers ruled out holding an in-person event this year amid the pandemic.

The event will also include presentation of the Dakin Humane Awards. Five individuals will be honored for their various contributions to the health and welfare of animals, the release states.

In addition to Fort Hill Brewery, sponsors of the 2020 Barks & Brews at Home event include Gage-Wile & Co. Inc, Finck & Perras Insurance and River Valley Co-op.

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