Royal Farms Arena was abuzz – or should we say, “abark” – with excitement, as hundreds of humans joined dozens of dogs and cats for lots of getting-to-know-you time at a cocktail reception before the evening’s big event – a “fashion show,” featuring two-legged models paired with four-legged BARCS shelter residents up for adoption.
Guests mingled on the Arena’s main floor, where they could get up-close-and-personal with the available BARCS adoptees, although some folks grabbed their seats early for the show.
The rest of the seats rapidly filled as showtime approached.
Pictured (LtoR) Sande Riesett, Show Your Soft Side founder; Logan Ryan, Tennessee Titans cornerback/Ryan Animal Rescue co-founder/event model; and Ashley Bragg, Ryan Animal Rescue co-founder
Pictured (LtoR) John Rallo, event co-chair/event model; Nick Ehrlich, event emcee
Pictured (LtoR) Kori Smith, 4 mos.; Torrey Smith, Carolina Panthers player/event model/event honorary co-chair; TJ Smith, 5 years;Chanel Smith, event honorary co-chair/event model; and Kam Smith, 2 1/2 years old
Pictured (LtoR) Gerrard Sheppard, former Baltimore Raven/event model; and Kristen Sheppard, Lululemon manager
Pictured (LtoR) Lee Miller, Miller Wood Products president; Caroline Miller, The Park School of Baltimore student; Nicholas Miller, The Park School of Baltimore student; and Claire Miller, animal lover
Pictured (LtoR) Joelle Willsey, BARCS kennel staff member; Benson, 12-16 week old Siamese mix; and Sterling “TrapKing” Davis, TrapKing Humane Cat Solutions founder/event model
Pictured (LtoR) Heather Biondino, University of Maryland Medical Center CT technician; Canelo, 6 year old Rottweiler-Mastif mix foster dog; and John Zimbrick, Northrop Grumman electrical engineer/BARCS volunteer
Pictured (LtoR) Demetrius Davis, 4; Demetrius Davis, Hood Guys technician; and Gerrard Sheppard
Pictured (LtoR) Kathy Harvey, Harvey founder & president/ BARCS board chair; Jennifer Wesson, Idahoan Foods director of sales; Ian Wesson, McCormick director of sales; and Sheila Harvey, F.M. Harvey Construction office manager The event benefited BARCS and Show Your Soft Side. (April 27, 2019 – Royal Farms Arena)