Friends of Animals unleashes Barking Ball |

Friends of Animals unleashes Barking Ball

Submitted by Julie Joyce

Friends of Animals Utah (FOAU) will host the 14th annual Barking Ball Gala & Auction on Saturday, Aug. 14, at the Westgate Park City Resort & Spa at The Canyons Resort. The annual event is the nonprofit’s largest and most popular fundraiser of the year, attracting hundreds of supporters from across Summit and Wasatch counties and the Salt Lake Valley.

Proceeds from the event will help support the organization’s efforts to rescue and find homes for neglected, adoptable animals through its Furburbia Adoption Center and the new Rescue & Rehab Ranch which opened in June 2010.

"This is a very important night for Friends of Animals Utah," said Jim O’Neill, FOAU Board President. "We’re seeing far greater demand for our services this year than ever before. We’ve had a record number of pet adoptions each of the past few months. Fortunately, our new Rescue & Rehab Ranch is helping us meet that demand," he added.

This year’s Barking Ball kicks off at 6 p.m. and will feature live music, drinks, hors d’oeuvres, and silent and live auctions. Hosting the evening’s festivities will be Olympian Fuzz Fedderson, CEO of Flying Ace Productions, Inc. and a legend in the sport of freestyle skiing. Fedderson competed in three Olympics and coached the 1998 U.S. Winter Olympics Aerial Ski Team to two gold medals.

An impressive variety of products and services have been donated by local businesses to help make this year’s fundraiser a big success. "This is our fourteenth year for the Barking Ball," remarked FOAU Executive Director Cathy King. "We are incredibly grateful to the community for its very generous support of our organization and this event in particular."

Auction items up for bid include vacation accommodations in Cabo San Lucas, La Jolla and Mission Beach, Calif., and McCall, Idaho. Special dining packages have been contributed by High West Distillery, Riverhorse on Main, and Talisker on Main. A number of galleries are donating artwork and several local artists are creating pieces specifically for the event. Additional auction items include ski, golf, and guided fly-fishing packages. "Items up for auction range in value from $25 to several thousand dollars, so there’ll be something for everyone at the Barking Ball," said O’Neill.

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Tickets for the event are $75 and include a choice of beverages and a wide variety of appetizers from some of Park City’s most popular dining establishments, including Clockwork Cafe, El Chubasco, Good Karma, Jean Louis Restaurant & Bar, Riverhorse on Main, Spruce, Sushi Maru and Prime Steak House. The Westgate Park City Resort & Spa is offering discounted rates on hotel accommodations purchased in advance in support of the event. Reservations, as well as advance tickets for the event, are available online at Tickets may also be purchased at Furburbia Adoption Center at Tanger Outlet Center in Park City or at the door.

"We encourage people to get their tickets in advance, if possible," said event chairperson Dana Hilterbrand. "It’ll expedite the check-in process and you won’t have to wait in line to get in."

Volunteers are needed to help staff the event. Positions include auction check-in and check-out, auction spotters, food service, and set-up and tear down for the event. Volunteers can register online at Businesses interested in donating additional products or services in support of the event can also do so through the website.