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Sunday, June 23, 2013 11:46 PM


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DELPHOS — The Delphos Bark For Life held at Leisure Park on Saturday was a huge success, taking in more than $7,000.


Prior Bark For Life events have been held in Van Wert and Auglaize counties and in Lima. To date, the Delphos event has raised the second- highest amount of money donated to a Bark For Life in the state.


There were 35 registrants signed up for the walk and 38 participated in the event. Delphos Animal Hospital’s Bonnie Jones, D.V.M. said the event went really well even though she really did not know what to expect.

“Super for this event,” Jones exclaimed. “It’s a unique focus group and it worked to our advantage.”

Jones said all of the donations are not in yet and more will trickle in.

“Not including the hospital’s silver level sponsorship, we collected $6,735,” Jones said. “$1,500 of that was raised by my team captains.”

There were substantial donations from businesses in the vicinity, including Elida Dog Grooming, Hollowell a Training, Vancrest Healthcare Center, Orthopedic Institute of Ohio and Niedecken Insurance.

“Some donations will be matched by team captain’s employers (employee match) and some of them will not be received until after the donations are turned in to the American Cancer Society,” Jones said.

Jones wanted to thank everyone involved for all the tremendous support — all those who donated money, food, time and advertising—that made the campaign such a success. Lima Police officer John Dunham, Michael Mesker, Chaplain Brian Knoderer, Dan Warnement, and, of course, Grand Marshal Bob Ulm.

Grand Marshals Bob Ulm and Pippa round the bend at the track at Leisure Park during the Bark For Life event held on Saturday. To date, the campaign has raised over $7,000. “I so enjoy working with him (Ulm). I am amazed and impressed by him,” Jones said.

Jones said that her staff is looking forward to the next project. She was very grateful for the guidance from Relay For Life Chair Cindy Metzger and American Cancer Society Representative Sarah Burke.

“It was a great fit for us,” Jones said. “They were there every step of the way. It was truly a team effort.”

Last Updated on Sunday, June 23, 2013 11:57 PM

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