16th Annual BARCStoberfest Results!
Oct 27

16th Annual BARCStoberfest Results!


We are so excited to announce that the 16th annual BARCStoberfest, presented by Pet Valu, raised an incredible $320,000 for the animals at BARCS!

As you know, this year’s festivities were a little different—but we still found ways to celebrate our favorite parts of BARCStoberfest. We dressed up, we ran, we ate, we drank and, most importantly, we raised money to save lives.

Amidst so much uncertainty in the world, our community came to the rescue—you ensured that the animals in our shelter wouldn’t feel the effects of our lowered fundraising goal for our now virtual event. In a “normal” year, we would have set our fundraising goal much higher to support our animals and the growth of our lifesaving programs. But this year, we lowered the goal because we couldn’t begin to plan or guess what would happen over summer and fall in our community; we wanted to be mindful of how our community was feeling the effects of the ongoing crisis.

But, our incredible supporters came through and gave our animals that gift that they needed, going way above and beyond our goal. As you know, BARCS is not an organization of “extra.” Each year, our shelter cares for 12,000 animals on half of our recommended budget. We’ve been underfunded since day one, and we continue to save lives each day against all financial odds.

A tremendous thank you to all who donated or registered to raise money through a personal or team fundraising page. This year’s BARCStoberfest success belongs to each and every one of you. Thank you to Bill Miller and Miller Value Partners for pledging an emergency matching donation opportunity to save animals in crisis and support our lifesaving mission.

We'd like to recognize our top team and individual fundraisers for their tremendous efforts in making the months leading up to our festival a major success for the animals. Thank you to each and every one of you who donated, raised money and participated in our virtual fundraising activities. You are true lifesavers and we are happy to have you on our side.

Top 10 Fundraisers

1. Adrianne Bayle
2. Chris Stickel
3. Erin Saul
4. Karen Apollony
5. Mike and Maggie Plaisted
6. Carol Hyman
7. Gigi Eggers
8. Annie Bonner
9. Matt McDermott
10. Abby Isaacs

Top Five Fundraising Teams

1. The Home Team: BARCS Volunteers, Fosters and Staff
2. BARCS Board of Directors*
3. Team Constellation
4. Serena’s Sole Mates
5. Perfect Pitties

Thank you to the BARCS Board of Directors for their “Family Challenge” pledge to match all donations raised by BARCS volunteers, fosters and staff members.

Our Sponsors

We’d like to recognize our 2020 BARCStoberfest sponsors who helped make this year’s event such a great success. A big thank you to our presenting sponsor for the 7th year in a row, our generous and supportive friends at Pet Valu.

Our other major sponsors this year include: VCA Animal Hospitals, Cyndi Kuhn, State Farm Agent, Walmart Foundation, Baltimore Ravens, Chesapeake Veterinary Surgical Specialists, Emergent Biosolutions, Veterinary Neurology of the Chesapeake, Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP, Maxim Charitable Foundation, Professional Arts Pharmacy, ProMD Health, IDEXX Laboratories and the Baltimore Sun. Thank you for your commitment to our community and the welfare of Baltimore City’s animals.

Our Event Partners

This year’s fall festival was substituted with a creative mix of virtual events and safely, socially distanced, smaller events. A big thank you to all of the following partners who made our beer garden, shopping market, costume parade, swag bag pick-up and pumpkin pie eating contest possible: Manor Hill Brewing, Heavy Seas Beer, Checkerspot Brewing Company, Charm City Meadworks, The Ale House Columbia, Backshore Brewing Company, Hammerheads on the Beach, Tooth & Honey, Crazy Pet People, Salty Dog & Sweet P’s Swag, Dogs of Charm City, Scentsy, Erica Danile Photography, Black Acres Roastery, Banjo’s Bows, Blue Pit BBQ & Whiskey Bar and Sweet Paws Bakery.

Thank you to our wonderful volunteer event planning committee that gave their time and hearts to make the festival a great success.

On behalf of the BARCS team and the animals, thank you, thank you, THANK YOU. We can’t say it enough. Each and every one of you is responsible for lives saved.