Attendees from near and far flocked to the exquisite grounds of Serenata Farm last week to support the efforts of one of Morgan County’s most beloved animal rescue groups, Companion Animal Rescue Inc. (CARI).
Two hundred and fifty people attended the Barkin’ Blues and Barbeque event on Saturday, Oct. 20. According to CARI director Donna Prior, the event raised $12,000 on silent auction items alone. The community rallied behind the event with 23 generous sponsors supporting the animal rescue group’s efforts.
Prior said that the money raised from the event will go toward the medical care needed to support the rescue animals and meeting their needs.
“I was approached by Serenata Farm owners, Bobby Robinson and Kent Smith, about hosting the event,” said Prior. “They believe in our rescue efforts and offered to host the fundraiser free of charge to use the grounds.”
According to Robinson, they have a second home in Highlands, North Carolina, and each year one of the local animal rescue groups puts on a similar event to what they envisioned Barkin’ Blues and Barbeque to be. Robinson and Smith used the event as a model and decided the event should center on blues or bluegrass style music. They had heard EG Kight perform at a local coffee shop, Perk Avenue, and knew she would be perfect for the fundraiser.
Robinson said that he was amazed with the turnout for the event and that it went “beyond his dreams and hopes.”
Guests at the event feasted on barbeque from Madison’s own Crowe’s Bar-B-Que. Attendees spent the evening bidding on a large array of items in the silent auction, socializing with friends and experiencing all the Serenata Farms grounds has to offer.
“I was proud,” Prior said. “It gave me a new lease on the work we do. So many people came out to support our cause and believe in it. Now I am ready to get back out and keep doing what I do best.”
The animal rescue hopes to host more fundraising events like Barkin’ Blues and Barbeque in the years to come.