6TH ANNUAL PITBULL AWARENESS CANDLELIGHT VIGIL & AFTER PARTY
Rescue, Outreach, Ownership & Advocacy: Responsibilities, challenges, and how together we can do more to help animals.
November 3, 2018
The Strand Theatre
117 N Park Square
3:30pm – FREE Screening of The Champions
4:00pm – Kids Safety Class with Millie Travis
5:30pm – Cocktails with Jason, FTTF
5:30pm – Saving Lives Through Pet Blood Donation with Dr. Jeremy Tarlow, Best Friends Blood Bank
5:30pm – Dog Nutrition with Regina Ryan, The Good Dog Shoppe & Company
6:30pm – Pitbull Awareness Candlelight Vigil
After Party Immediately to Follow – Featuring music by Kristin Tinsley & food provided by Ibiza Catering!
Come together with us at the Sixth Annual Pitbull Awareness Candlelight Vigil to stand for pitbulls and other animals who are euthanized each year in animal control facilities nationally and discuss how we can all improve the state of animal welfare for all, then join the Forlorn Family at the After Party to celebrate the ones we were able to save together.
CANDLE & TICKET PRICING
Vigil Attendance – Free
Vigil Candle – $5
Party General Admission – $25 online/$30 at the door; includes food
Party VIP – $60 online only; includes, food, drink ticket, raffle tickets, event glass
Party Kids 7-14 – $10; includes food
Party Kids <6 – Free
FREE PRE-EVENT SCREENING OF THE CHAMPIONS!
(TV-14) Featuring our special guest speaker, Jamie Beuhrle, and her family, The Champions is an inspirational story about the pit bulls rescued from the brutal fighting ring of former Atlanta Falcon’s star quarterback Michael Vick, and the organizations who risked everything to save them, despite pressure from PETA and The Humane Society to euthanize the dogs. It is a story of second-chances, redemption and hope. This uplifting documentary takes us on a journey about much more than just dogs—about prejudice, being misunderstood, the power of resilience, and the significance of the relationship we as humans have with animals. Featuring the lifesaving work of Best Friends Animal Society.
SPECIAL GUEST SPEAKER:
Pitbull Mom & Advocate
Jamie Buehrle is an animal lover, rescue volunteer, and pittie advocate. While Jamie has always been a lover of animals, it was the Michael Vick situation that really opened her eyes to the discrimination and abuse pitbulls often go through. The more she researched, the more she discovered the horrible discrimination and oftentimes horrific fate these dogs endure.
Little did Jamie know she soon would have her own story to share, and that story would begin sparking conversations nationwide about issues that affect pitbulls. The Buehrle family adopted a sweet AmStaff (American Staffordshire Terrier) named Slater. Shortly after, Jamie and her husband Mark, a professional MLB pitcher, encountered BSL (breed-specific legislation) laws not once, but twice. The first instance occurred when Mark played with the Miami Marlins and the second occurred when Mark played for the Toronto Blue Jays – both cities with breed restrictions. This affected where their family could live, and even kept them from living together during the baseball season. Still, they never considered giving up Slater. He was part of their family. Due to their personal experience, Jamie began to speak out on these discriminatory laws and how they impacted their family in an effort to being awareness and change. Her passion is now to advocate for pitbulls as great family pets, as well as other adoptable dogs of all shapes, sizes, and breeds in need of homes across the country.
Jamie and her family work closely with Hope Animal Rescues in Godfrey, IL. They purchased 14 acres for the rescue to build its own facility and continue their work in pulling dogs who are out of time and at risk of euthanasia in county shelters. They also sponsor and help with transports for many other local animal rescues in their area. Jamie believes her biggest accomplishment has been her family’s ability to share their story, open the lines of communication, and create awareness regarding BSL and other pitbull-related issues, such as insurance discrimination and a lack of education.
Jamie currently lives in St. Louis, Missouri with Mark, their kids, and dogs…including Slater!
THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS
Ibiza Bites Catering
Escex Storm Restorations
Planet Ink Tattoos
Andrews Drummond Group
Dream Land Pet Memorial Center
Automotive Engineering, Inc.
Welcome Home Reality Team
The Good Dog Co & Shoppe
Cedarcrest Animal Hospital
RAFFLE & SILENT AUCTION ITEMS NEEDED
We are currently looking for raffle and silent auction items for our After Party. Donated items are tax-deductible and must be received by October 20th. Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have an item you would like to donate.
Raffle & Silent Auction Ideas
Sports & entertainment event tickets
Local getaways & outings
Premium gift baskets
Certificates for services or restaurants
Pet-related art: pitbull-specific, other breeds, other animals, certificates for pet art services
Other art pieces