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‘THE BIG GAME SHOW’ comes to Crossville in 3rd annual AARF fundraiser

Funds will go towards the purchase of new rescue transport vehicle

AARF (All About Rescue and Fixin’ Inc.) is excited to announce that tickets are now on sale for their 3rd annual fundraiser. Funds raised go toward a new rescue transport vehicle for AARF. This year’s festivities feature the fun and entertaining “The Big Game Show” – who host corporate events for huge companies such as: Coca-Cola, Microsoft, Delta Airlines and more. They have even been on ESPN hosting competitions before college games.

The event will take place on Saturday, June 24 at the Convention & Events Center of the Cumberlands, located at 5429 Peavine Rd in Crossville. Doors will open at 5:00PM with dinner and the show from 6PM – 9PM. The evening will also feature fun games, awesome door prizes, fun drawings, and live and silent auctions.

The Big Game ShowAARF (All About Rescue and Fixin’ Inc.) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization formed by a small group of volunteers with a passion for animals. They are a foster based animal rescue organization based in the Upper Cumberland region of Tennessee. They pull animals from high risk situations, such as local animal shelters, and strays from counties who do not have the luxury of having an animal shelter. In addition to their adoption program, they work closely with many local animal shelters to ensure that animals are not euthanized for space. In 2012, they started the AARF ‘freedom ride’ transport program, which relocates homeless animals directly from our local animal shelters to guaranteed adoption facilities in the north. This program has proven successful in reducing euthanasia of dogs and cats in our local shelters from around 80% to nearly 10%.

Founded in 2007, 2017 marks the 10th year as an organization for AARF – and they are hoping to make this year’s event bigger than the last, which raised $10,000 to fund the rescue transport program. Since 2007, AARF has saved the lives of nearly 10,000 pets. The rescue transport program moves animals from our overcrowded shelters to their no-kill shelter partners in the North, where these unwanted dogs and cats will be quickly adopted. Volunteers drive the brightly wrapped rescue transport vehicle on their ‘freedom rides’ and deliver these animals to facilities where they are guaranteed to find homes. The transport vehicle currently has 260,000 miles on the odometer, and raising funds to replace it is the goal of this fundraiser.

If you have a heart for animals, and are looking to help, this is an outstanding way to do so while also enjoying a fun-filled evening at “The Big Game Show.” Tickets are $30 each and limited seats are still available – you can reserve tables of 8 for your group today. Dinner will be catered by Scarlett Catering and will include an entree, salad, rolls, dessert and refreshments, also B.Y.O.B! To get your tickets, call 931-210-3606 or 931-200-6313. Tickets may also be picked up at Bean, Smith & Burnett, which is at 300 Thurman Ave in Crossville, or at Timeless Treasures & Gifts next to the Stonehaus Winery. In Cookeville, tickets can be picked up at First National Bank (details to follow).

2016 Statistics

Stellar Year thanks to the dedication and determination of a lot of hardworking volunteers!

2016
Total Rescued: 2,469
Dogs: 1,644
Cats: 825

Rescued Through Adoption Program 867
Dogs: 480
Cats: 387

Rescued Through Transport Program 1,602
Dogs: 1,164
Cats: 438

Euthanized (A.A.R.F. Only Euthanizes when our Veterinarians determine this to be the most humane course of action) 16
Dogs: 5
Cats: 11

Passed Away: 14
Dogs: 1
Cats: 13

Reclaimed: 2
Dogs: 0
Cats: 2

Adoptions: 487
Dogs: 334
Cats: 153

TNR: 1
Cats: 1

Transported: 1,602
Dogs: 1,164
Cats: 438

Program to Date Statistics

Total Rescued: 12,135
Dogs: 9,568
Cats: 2,567
Adoption Program: 4,535
Transport Program: 7,600

Euthanized: 31
Dogs: 11
Cats: 20

Passed Away: 172
Dogs: 61
Cats: 111

Reclaimed: 11
Dogs: 7
Cats: 4

Adoptions: 3,405
Dogs: 2,262
Cats: 1,143

Escaped: 4
Dogs: 3
Cats: 1

TNR: 5
Cats: 5

Our 2nd Annual A.A.R.F. Fundraiser Was A Huge Success

Left to Right: Top Row: Rick Ames, Conner Lorre, Ricky Kendall, Shannon Boelter, Bud Leathers, Bottom Row: Donna Lucas, Dawniel Kendall and Star Amador
Left to Right: Top Row: Rick Ames, Conner Lorre, Ricky Kendall, Shannon Boelter, Bud Leathers, Bottom Row: Donna Lucas, Dawniel Kendall and Star Amador

Nearly 250 attendees showed their great generosity recently at the unique AARF Singing Impressionist Fundraiser, Lunch, Dinner, & Auction. The goal for the day was to raise enough donations to cover the expenses for 1 year of transports, thereby saving hundreds of dogs and cats from being euthanized. Due to the awesome crowd bidding “High & Often”, we reached our $10,000.00 goal. Visit the AARF Facebook page to see a full album of photos.

The wonderful meal was provided by Doug and Sarah Scarlett and their famous homemade dressing was a hit, so much we sold a bottle in our live auction. The entertainment for the night was provided by singing impressionist Conner Lorre from Atlanta. The crowd was in awe of his amazing talent as they danced to his astounding impressions of Neil Diamond, Steve Perry, and Barry Manilow, just to name a few. All in all, it was a fabulous night for the attendees and for our furry friends.

Thanks to those who helped advertise this event for free, allowing us to have a “sold out show”. Specifically we would like to thank Keith Walther of The Vista for 3 months of wonderful ads and First National Bank of TN for posting our event on their digital billboard for 2 weeks.

The Organizers of the event wish to thank all who attended, the many Sponsors, the numerous Businesses & Individuals who gave Auction Items, and our great Volunteers. Please support the following Pet loving Businesses who strongly supported this event: Cash Sponsors- East Tn. Dodge, Timeless Treasures & Gifts, Happy Hound Realty, Erika Wonn, Crossville Heating and Cooling, TASCO Color Group Cookeville, In Memory of Reese Cup, Bean, Smith & Burnett Attorneys, Sav Mart, Bed & Biscuit Kennel, Crossville Smiles, Home Instead Senior Care, Gwin Realty, Jim ParhamExit Rocky Top Realty, Fairfield Homes – Glade Realty, Rich & Sara Myslinski, Phil & Lynne Riley, Ned & Deb Giddens, Mayberry Home Furnishings, LaCosta FFG, Larry Trammel – State Farm, and Plateau Corvette Club; Auction/Product/Service Donations: Advanced Auto Parts, AMPS, Amy Swindle Hair Sensations, April Heavlin Ellusions, Auto Zone, Beef & Barrel, Bed & Biscuit, Best Friends Veterinary, Bev Pitts, Big Boys BBQ, Boone Harman, Brass Lantern, Brooks & Mae Wimberly, Butcher Block, Deb Birdsall/Caring Touch Massage, Carolyn Jones, Cat Fit Yoga, Chestnut Hill Winery, Chuckles, Companion Animal Clinic, Cookeville Antique Mall, Crawdaddy’s Grill, The Diner Grill, Dave & Lilly Beach/Arby’s, Donna Lucas, East TN Dodge, El Tappatio’s, Fairfield Beauty Shop, Flowers Bakery, Food City Crossville & FFG, Fortes, Frank & Diane Howard, Glade Café, Golden Chopstick’s, Gondola’s, Good Times Liquor, Elisa Burnett Hair Connection, Happy Hound Realty, Tracey Walther/Hey It’s Crochet, Janet Harman, Jan’s Liquor, J&R Automotive, JP’s Nascar Outlet, Jim Hill, Joshua’s Pet Treat Bakery, Julie Moorefield, Karen Kulinich, Kim Raby, La Costa FFG, La Costa Crossville, Landscape Solutions, Las Margaritas, Mega Bites, Northside Family Dentistry, One Tail at a Time, Peavine Wine & Liquor, PetSense, Pet Spa, Pet Supply World, Plateau Animal Hospital, Plateau Lanes, Plateau Outdoors, Polished Nail Bar, Rick Amador/Oakleys, Rocky Top 10 Cinema, Roger & Nancy Hardin, Ronnie Webb, Shadden Tire, Simonton’s, Spic-n-Span Cleaning, Southern Traditions, Tony Perry/Star Recording/Crossville News First, Staples, Stonehaus Winery, Sweet Effects, Time to Shine, Tony’s Place, Tractor Supply, Villa Pizza, Gifts from the Heart, and The Vista.

Also, our deepest thanks to our Core Organizers: Dawniel & Ricky Kendall (Leaders), Star Amador (Creator), Bud Leathers, Donna Lucas, Rick Ames, Kim & Dave Raby, Linda Perry, Julie Moorefield, Karen Lankford and to our Event Volunteers: Randi-Jo Covington, Anna Maria Fouad, Ann Cox, Dee Crooks, Betty Gates, Lindsey Waldrep, and Darrin & Trudi Stryker.

In summary, this was one unique, fun night providing much financial support to AARF ($10,000 net). Please continue to support A.A.R.F. through Donations, Foster Parenting, Volunteering, etc. www.aarf-tn.com. Thanks everyone!

2nd Annual AARF Fundraising Event

TICKETS STILL AVAILABLE!

Saturday, June 25 at 12 PM

At the Convention and Events Center of the Cumberlands
5429 Peavine Road
Crossville, TN 38571

AMAZING entertainment by Conner Lorre!

Phenomenal Food Catered by Scarlett Catering!

Silent Auction!

ALL PROCEEDS BENEFIT OUR ANIMAL RESCUE EFFORTS RIGHT HERE IN THE UPPER CUMBERLAND

For Tickets and more information, call RICK at 931-210-3606AARF Flyer 2016 (1)-page-001

Woofstock 2016

Mark your calendars! May 21st is the 3rd Annual Woofstock presented by Plateau Animal Hospital. This event will take place at the Cumberland Community Complex in Crossville, TN (1398 Livingston Road, Crossville). The day starts at 10AM with a Blessing of the Pets. Events include Parade of Breeds, Obedience Demonstration, and a Police K9 Demonstration! Contests include Best Woofstock 2016 FlyerDressed Pet, Longest Ear contest, Doggy Olympics, Peanut Butter Lickoff contest, Dunking for Hot Dogs, Best Shedder, Obedience Baseball and so much more! AARF will be there along with some of our other animal welfare friends. Lots of vendors and food – all benefiting a SUPERIOR cause The Ddoc Foundation who do a great job at supporting retired working dogs. Check out their tribute video below. VENDOR SPACE STILL AVAILABLE and PAH is still looking for donations of Silent Auction items to benefit this great cause. Want more information? Call Amber at 931-484-8060.

Happy Tails for Slinky

When did you adopt your pet from AARF?: March 19, 2016

Pet’s AARF Name: Slinky

Pet’s New Name (if you changed it): Onyx

How is your adopted pet doing? Tell us about them and how they fit into your family.: Onyx is doing great and is fitting very well with our first dog. They run and play all day, they give each other kisses and lay next to each other. Onyx is a great addition to our growing family. We love him very much. Thank you AARF and a special thanks to Karen his foster mom!

 

Happy Tails for Glitter

When did you adopt your pet from AARF?: November 13, 2015

Pet’s AARF Name: Glitter

Pet’s New Name (if you changed it): Sophie

How is your adopted pet doing? Tell us about them and how they fit into your family.: She is doing extremely well. Has pretty much made our home hers and just lets us live here.:) Am attaching photos of Sophie and her new furry friend, Jasmine( also an AARF girl) recently adopted by a friend of ours, Phil. the girls love playing together at the dog park. Thought you’d like to see…. hugs for all you do.

Happy Tails for Empress Mei

When did you adopt your pet from AARF?: August 2015

Pet’s AARF Name: Empress Mei

Pet’s New Name (if you changed it): Mei

How is your adopted pet doing? Tell us about them and how they fit into your family.: She’s so wonderful and extremely well loved! She had lots of hair loss and itchiness when AARF received her but after treatment and proper nutrition, she has a full beautiful coat! The adoption process was very smooth considering I live in PA and she was transported up to us. So very thankful to her foster Anna and the rescue:)

Happy Tails for Elsa

When did you adopt your pet from AARF?: 12/12/15

Pet’s AARF Name: Elsa Pet’s New Name (if you changed it): Winnie

How is your adopted pet doing? Tell us about them and how they fit into your family.: After a quick and simple adoption process, Winnie has been a wonderful Christmas present for our family! She has acclimated well to our home, and she loves exploring her new backyard. Our fox-like pup is active, independent, and thoroughly adorable. Winnie is already being well loved and spoiled by all!