BARL fundraiser coming up Tuesday night

Published 10:00 am Sunday, October 20, 2013

The Brookhaven Animal Rescue League’s Celebrity Dinner and Auction is coming up Tuesday, Oct. 22, at the Lincoln Civic Center.

Tickets at $25 are available at Engravables or First Bank. Tickets may also be purchased over the phone by calling (601) 695-2377.

“We want to remind everyone they must purchase their tickets in advance. On the night of the event the doors will open at 5:30 p.m., and everything kicks-off at 6:00 p.m.,” said Beth Adcock of BARL.

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Dinner will be served at 6 p.m with celebrity waiters dressed in costume pouring tea and entertaining guests as they raise tips for the animals.

The meal will include smoked pork, cooked by “smoker extraordinaire” Jimmy Jackson, along with all the trimmings donated by Cracker Barrel BBQ, Poppa’s Fish House, Mississippi Ice Cream Factory and The Feed Meal.

A silent auction will be ongoing throughout the evening, and a live auction with professional auctioneer, Kendall Covington, will round out the night’s activities.

The master of ceremonies, Rob Fisher, will keep the night rolling along as money is raised for the animals.

A few of the Celebrity Waiters include Dr. Ryan Case, Mayor Joe Cox, David Culpepper, Marlene Cupit, Rep. Becky Currie, Sen. Sally Doty, Shaw Furlow, Coney Lea, Sherri Mathis, Dr. Ray Montalvo, Lindsey Robinson and Dr. Bob Watson.

Two of the big-ticket items secured for the auction include a week’s condo rental in Ft. Walton and a guided fishing trip.

More than 140 items will be part of the auction, including grooming services from The Dog House and Classy Clips, a year’s subscription to The Daily Leader, a load of mulch from Phillip’s Bark and autographed DVDs and posters by Zac Efron.

Other items to expect include bicycles, a jig saw, jewelry, beauty products, home decoritems and several pieces of art.

“Gift certificates for services are always popular in the Silent Auction, and we have such a variety to offer: haircuts, therapy session, oil changes, massages, dinners, and horseback riding lessons,” said Adcock.

BARL is also selling chances for 50 gallons of gasoline donated by 84 Chevron. Tickets are $2 each or 3 for $5 and can be purchased from any BARL Board Member or at the Celebrity Dinner. The drawing for the winner will be held at the dinner.

Volunteers are needed to help with this fund-raiser, both pre-event and during the event. Anyone needing information about volunteering or the celebrity dinner should call (601) 695-2377.

The “Best in Show” sponsors include Animal Medical Center, Bank of Franklin, Brookhaven Animal Hospital, C Spire Wireless and Dynamics Marine and Franklin County Memorial Hospital.

Businesses signed up as “Pick of the Litter” sponsors include Belk-Ditcharo Dental, Boerner Law Firm, Cracker Barrel Barbeque, Emfinger Pumping, First Bank, Franklin Ready Mix, King’s Daughters Medical Center, and Franklin Telephone. Others serving as “Pick of the Litter” sponsors are Hurst Review Services, Larkin Veterinary Clinic, Lincoln Civic Center, McGehee McGehee and Torrey, Sullivan Ford Lincoln and Trustmark.

BARL is as a non-profit, limited intake animal welfare group. The volunteer-based organization serves Copiah,Franklin and Lincoln counties.

BARL provides food, shelter and veterinary services for abandoned, orphaned and unwanted animals until they are adopted. All BARL animals are vet checked, vaccinated and spayed/neutered. Dogs are also micro-chipped.

Anyone interested in adopting, contributing or volunteering should contact BARL at (601) 757-4367 or Donations are tax deductible and may be mailed to BARL, P.O. Box 3477, Brookhaven, MS 39603.

Many of BARL’s adoptable animals may be viewed online at