There are a lot of ways you can help your local shelter. Adopting, donating and volunteering are some amazing ways to show your support. But what if I said you could help homeless and neglected pets in your community by…partying? Well, you can! On Saturday, October 21st, from 5pm – 8pm, party with the SPCA Albrecht Center at our 5th Annual Barkaritaville.
Barkaritaville is a Halloween-themed block party full of delicious food, great drinks and music by DJ Jeff Edwards. The parking lot of the SPCA Albrecht Center will be filled with themed booths passing out free food and adult drink samples. Try them all, then vote for your favorite. Choose wisely, because the winner will receive a mountain vacation to Lorelai’s Lair in Warne, North Carolina and $500 spending money!
Does that prize tickle your fancy? It could be yours by signing up to host a FREE themed booth. We are looking for a few more comical, scary or just downright creative booths to complete our parking lot. Businesses are also welcome to set up a booth and promote their products and services. All you have to do is bring a tent, table and chairs, decorations and enough sample-sized food and drink for 150-200 people.
The SPCA will provide the space (15 x 15), napkins, small food trays, sporks, small cups for drink, gloves, two admission tickets, and a donation receipt. Not to mention, you will have the satisfaction of knowing you helped your local no-kill shelter by bringing a crowd to their biggest fundraiser, in turn raising money for the furry friends in their care! If you are interested in hosting a free booth, contact Claire Roberson by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (803) 648-6863.
We need you, our supporters, to come have a great time with us! You can buy your tickets for this incredible night by visiting www.LetLoveLive.org or by purchasing them at the SPCA Albrecht Center, located at 199 Willow Run Road, the SPCA Thrift Shops, Aiken Saddlery, AutoTech, Inc. or Return Engagement. Buy in advance and get all of this fun for just $20.00, or purchase at the gate for $25.00. Kids are admitted for just $10 with a paying adult and pets are welcome and free, also with a paying human.
Your ticket grants you entrance to this spooktacular party, all food and drinks from themed booths, voting tokens, costume contest entry and a souvenir wristband. All proceeds go back to our animals, which need your help to feel happy and healthy until they find their fur-ever home.
Dress up in your best Halloween costumes and enter our costume contest. Our panel of esteemed judges will choose their favorites and prizes will be awarded to the best individual, group, child and pet costumes. Check out our retail booth for a Barkaritaville or SPCA t-shirt and, if you’re still hungry, visit our grill masters and cash bar.
Fundraising is incredibly important for nonprofits, but so is awareness. Share our event on Facebook and by word-of-mouth or bring a friend or family member that has never been to our facility. You could be helping a future animal find their potential adopter, or our full-service Veterinary Care Center find its new client, or our organization find a new volunteer! Or, look for a SPCA staff member who would love to talk to you more about the important work we are able to accomplish with your support.
Any way you look at it, your involvement means the world to our animals and to us. We are a community that is working together to save the creatures that don’t have a voice. At the heart of all nonprofits is the amazing population of supporters who believe in their mission, thus guaranteeing their success. Aiken, you are ours - we couldn’t do what we do everyday without you. We can’t wait to come together with you on October 21st, as we build awareness, raise funds, and share lots of boo’s and booze. See you there!
Claire Roberson is the SPCA Albrecht Center’s Community Outreach Director. She is an Aiken native, but spent some college years in Charleston, interning with Charleston Animal Society. She is excited to now be working in animal welfare in her hometown and is proud of the community efforts to better the lives of Aiken’s animals. Her fur family includes a SPCA adopted black lab, Ozzy, a SPCA adopted Siamese mix, Luna, and Claire’s first love, Anakin, a 17-pound rescued Maine Coon mix.