The Glen Goes to the Dogs
Aquidneck Island's Relay for Life Team holds its very first Bark for Life event this Sunday at Glen Farm.
Glen Farm went to the dogs on Sunday, literally.
Aquidneck Island's Relay for Life team held its very first Bark for Life event Sunday afternoon along the Sakonnet Greenway, the longest trail on Aquidneck Island.
"We thought it would be a great way to bring awareness to the cause," said Kerry Seibert, a member of the Aquidneck Island Relay for Life team.
More than 40 participants, along with man's best friends, attended the event to raise money for the American Cancer Society (ACS). The event featured a dog walk, a contest for best dog tricks, raffles and photos with man's best friend.
Coincidentally, a college Frisbee competition was held a few fields away, but did not distract the dogs as they barked for a cure.
Bark for Life, a fundraiser, allows volunteers to team up with their dogs to help fund research to find a cure for cancer. The first Bark for Life event in the state occurred in 2009 in Coventry.
The Aquidneck Land Trust (ALT) granted the Relay for Life team use of the Greenway to raise money for the ACS. As of 3 p.m., the Aquidneck Island group had raised more than $2,000 with more donations expected before the end of the day.
Volunteers from throughout Aquidneck Island helped organize the event.
Members of the Aquidneck Island Relay for Life team are Seibert, Kelley Lynch, Michele Dolliff, Paula Lynch, Pat Petrie and Pat Dolliff. Four-legged members of the group are Nikki, Riley and Sam.
A local Girl Scout troop also helped volunteer on this chilly day at Glen Farm.