This morning during my drive to work, the Beatles hit "Come Together" played on the radio. The lyrics are a bit mysterious, "joo joo eyeball", "toe-jam football" and walrus... something. Who knows, really. Even John Lennon said the song was "gobbledygook", and I believe him. It was 1969, after all.
But the "Come Together" chorus, especially as it repeated at the end, stuck with me.
People coming together, for a good cause, can be an amazing thing. We've been blessed to see it happen many times at the SPCA Albrecht Center.
Animal welfare advocates are very passionate people, and when something needs to be done to help one or many animals, you can bet the people will come together.
On October 1st, some good people from Elanco Augusta Technology Center, part of the animal health division of Eli Lilly and Company, will come together at the SPCA as part of their annual Day of Service.
Elanco employees will be volunteering at our facility all day Thursday to build some much-needed, new steps for our summer dog washes and an outdoor bench for our clinic.
They will also help with landscaping, administrative duties and spend some quality time with our adoptable pets.
Shannon Burton, a consultant scientist with Elanco, and Day of Service organizer says that they are all very excited to be part of the project and have been quite creative with their ideas for some new dog wash station designs. We can't wait to see what they come up with!
Coming together with like-minded people to volunteer for a cause is a fantastic way to support your community. It's also a fantastic way to have a really good time.
Barkaritaville and the Twilight Walk for Animals is an excellent example of a fun, effective way to come together with animal lovers and advocates in the CSRA to raise money for homeless pets in our care and raise awareness for pet adoption, humane education and the importance of spaying and neutering pets.
The main event is October 10th, here at the SPCA Albrecht Center for Animal Welfare. But you don't have to wait until then to help.
You can come together virtually, right now by signing up online for the Twilight Walk for Animals. Join a team or start your own. Recruit friends to join you, and solicit donors to raise as much money as you possibly can for the animals in our care.
Then, join us at sunset on October 10th to walk the luminary lit trail that ends at the party where you can celebrate your victory.
Raise $25 or more for free admission to Barkaritaville. Raise $50 or more for admission and a souvenir, color-changing cup. Raise $100 or more for admission, a cup and a long-sleeved Barkaritaville t-shirt.
If you go absolutely crazy raising money for our cause and raise the most money out of all the participants, you'll be awarded with a $500 Visa gift card!
If you prefer to help in a smaller group; join a friend, relative or coworker and register a themed booth to serve bite-size snacks and adult beverages to the crowd during Barkaritaville. There is no charge to participate and two booth participants get free admission, t-shirts, silicone cause bracelets and souvenir cups.
Barkaritaville attendees will vote on the booths in the categories of best food, best drink, best theme and best overall booth. You could win a trophy or a vacation for two in Belize!
Or, just join us on October 10th by coming together for our biggest party of the year. Leashed dogs are welcome and get in free with their paying person. Tickets are just $25 in advance or $30 at the gate. Purchase online by clicking here or visit 199 Willow Run Road in Aiken. Ticket price includes a nifty, silicone cause bracelet, live music by Lo Down Brown and all the fun, themed food and drinks you can consume.
Funds raised in the Twilight Walk for Animals and Barkaritaville ticket sales benefit the animals in our care by helping us provide them with shelter, food, veterinary care and lots of love.
Sarah Neikam is the Marketing Director for the SPCA Albrecht Center for Animal Welfare. She previously held the role of Volunteer Coordinator and has a background in business administration. Sarah lives in Graniteville with her husband, Tom, mother, Cheryl and three adopted cats: Bastian, Eddie and Luna.