Event raises more than $2K for local shelter
by Daniel Gaddy
Jan 30, 2012 | 2244 views | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend | print
More than 100 people attended the first Bark-N-the Park 5K and family fun day on Saturday. The event raised approximately $2,100 for the Walker County Animal Shelter. Photo Courtesy of Suzanne Scoble
More than 100 people attended the first Bark-N-the Park 5K and family fun day on Saturday. The event raised approximately $2,100 for the Walker County Animal Shelter. Photo Courtesy of Suzanne Scoble
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Organizers of a new 5K run and family fun day say they were thrilled by the turnout to Bark-N-the Park, which was organized to benefit the Walker County Animal Shelter.

“We had so many people ask could we do this again,” said organizer Jennifer Williams Smith. “It was a big success.”

Smith said more than 100 people came to the event, which was held Saturday, and more than $2,100 was raised for the the Walker County Animal Shelter.

Smith also said 75 people registered for the 5K run.

Sallie Cowen, an Auburn University student and former volunteer at the local animal shelter, established the fundraiser when she collaborated with Smith’s daughter, 11-year-old Brylee Smith.

Brylee is the founder of the non-profit Bry’s Art Rewards Kids or BARK, which benefits area charities from sales of Brylee and other children’s artwork.

The local shelter was turned over to the county six months ago after the Humane Society’s board announced that they no longer had sufficient finances to continue offering services.