Barking BBQ to help FOA |

Barking BBQ to help FOA

Appetites are in order when the Barking Board presents the Barking BBQ at the Friends of Animals Utah Rescue and Rehabilitation Ranch on Saturday, June 4.

Hamburgers, hot dogs and bratwurst will be on the menu, as well as games, ranch tours, jazz music by Treasure Mountain International School students and a silent auction. The money raised will benefit FOA.

This is the first event presented by the Barking Board, which is comprised of Treasure Mountain International School leadership class students, said teacher Julie Hooker.

"The leadership class has visited various nonprofit organizations and learned the what the purposes of an advisory board is in Park City and Summit County," Hooker said. "In years past, the class was run as the student council and I was fortunate to be drop kicked into advising it."

Hooker found she couldn’t teach leadership, because the kids were too busy making posters and trying to convince people to do well on their state core tests. So she took it upon herself to create the leadership class and its curriculum.

"The class gives students an opportunity to get to know our city, our county and community non-profits and understand how leadership works," she said. "The ultimate goal is for kids to understand their personal strengths and help them understand how a board works."

The leadership class has worked with the People’s Health Clinic, the National Ability Center and the Genius Store, but the nonprofit the students were most attracted to was Friends of Animals.

"They’ve got the puppies and the kitties and Claudia McMullin, who is the executive director of Friends of Animals Utah," Hooker said with a laugh. "So they’ve got it all going on."

The Barking Board, which is a board comprised of teens, emerged out of the leadership class.

One of its first fundraising campaigns was "Pennies for Puppies, Coins for Kittens," started by board vice president Kayla Harden.

"It ran for a week starting at the beginning of March," said Harden, 14. "We raised $115 in the school."

The Barking BBQ is an extension on the fundraising effort, McMullin said.

"The money will be used for a number of things," she said. "First and foremost, it will help our Furburbia Adoption program which will rescue various dogs and cats from abusive situations. We’ll spay or neuter and inject them with a microchip and vaccinate them for adoption."

The money will also help FOA’s education program, she said.

"We have a critter camp that will go on during the summer," McMullin said. "We teach children the humane treatment of animals and how to approach animals.

"We also have Senior Days where we have the senior citizens from Summit County and Park City come out and give them lunch and show them the ranch and have a discussion about health benefits regarding animal companionship."

The goal for the Barking BBQ is $1,500.

"I challenged the students to raise that much money when we formed the Barking Board," McMullin said.

The Barking Board, formed by the Leadership Class at Treasure Mountain International School, will host the First Annual Barking BBQ at the FOA Ranch, 6466 N. Highview Road, Peoa, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, June 4. Anyone 10 years old and older will be admitted for a suggested donation of $10 and anyone nine years old and younger will be admitted for $5. For more information, visit

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