Bark and Wine Benefit for Noah’s Ark

Each year, Noah’s Ark Animal Sanctuary cares for hundreds of animals in need of a forever home. The no-kill shelter doesn’t euthanize animals to make space for others. Instead, it provides animals with the best care possible for as long as they need until adoption takes place. The sanctuary receives no government funding and relies solely on community support to serve its mission.

With that in mind, the sanctuary’s 14th annual Bark and Wine fundraising event takes place Saturday, April 29 from 4-10 p.m. at the Tebala Event Center, 7910 Newburg Road, Rockford.

“All proceeds will benefit the Ark and help us in serving our mission – to provide temporary housing and medical care, and to restore nutritional health to stray, unwanted and abandoned domestic animals until a permanent adoptive home is acquired,” says Brooke Pond, assistant shelter manager.

This year’s event features a buffet-style dinner from 5-7 p.m. provided by ABC Catering. Additionally, as the event name suggests, wine tasting is a featured activity with wines provided by Wine Shop At Home.

A wine toss game allows players to win the bottle they land on, with five tosses for $10 or 12 tosses for $20. If you land on multiple bottles, you can choose your favorite wine.

Various raffle prizes are up for grabs, including $100 gift cards. The event will also have quarter buckets ($0.25 tickets for raffle items), plus a silent auction with prizes such as an overnight stay at Bally’s Casino in Rock Island, Ill., and a wine tasting for 10 people at Artale & Co. The sanctuary is still collecting silent auction items now.

In addition to enjoying a fun evening, Bark and Wine attendees can feel good knowing their money is going to a good cause, Pond adds.

“We are passionate about the work that we do because we are able to provide love and care for animals while they are waiting for their forever homes,” she says.

Tickets to Bark and Wine cost $45 for singles, $85 for couples and $330 for a table of eight. Attendees can purchase tickets at or in person at 111 N. First St., Rockford.

Sponsorship opportunities are also available for organizations that would like to support the event. Interested sponsors can call (815) 962-2767 for more information.

“We greatly appreciate all of the continuous support from our community,” Pond says. ❚