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Barkin' Ball rings in 2014 with fun, money for local animal rescue

POSTED: Wednesday, January 1, 2014 - 8:32pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, January 1, 2014 - 8:47pm

Waco’s biggest annual charity event of the year was another huge success Tuesday night after hundreds came out to support Fuzzy Friends Rescue with their annual Barkin' Ball New Years Gala.

State reps, city officials and other movers-and-shakers in the Waco area paid good money to have fun at the Extraco Events Center.

There was a live auction, a silent auction, music and food at the five hour-long event.

The idea for Fuzzy Friends Rescue came to Betsy Robinson in 1990 and since then, more than 10,000 animals in the Waco area have been kept alive.

Robinson said the goal for Tuesday night’s event was $360,000, and she said there’s a reason why so many showed up to help out.

“We just believe that animals really are our best friends, said Robinson.

"These animals come to us in bad shape. Some might have heartworm, or a broken leg or a skin injury, and they deserve a second chance. And that’s what Fuzzy Friends is all about- giving second chances to homeless animals.”

Among the guests and donators was local businessman Roger Schmidt.

Aside from personally giving Robinson a check donation, Schmidt also donated a hunting trip to his exotic game ranch and a four-course meal with wine pairings that raised more than $4,000 for the organization.

"I love coming to this event every year. I always have such a great time here at the Barkin' Ball, explained Schmidt. And I'm a huge dog lover. So, to give back to the community in this way was an easy decision."

And it’s not too late to help out or volunteer.

For more information on the organization, visit



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