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Bryan County Bark Park completes journey, is free from construction debt
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Journey tribute band Departure performs during the fourth annual Bryans Bash, a fundraiser for the Bryan County Bark Park, at the Richmond Hill City Center on Saturday night. - photo by Photo by Jason Wermers

More than 150 people danced the night away at the Richmond Hill City Center to Journey’s greatest hits as award-winning tribute band Departure played to an enthusiastic crowd.

The Bryan County Bark Park’s fourth annual Bryan’s Bash fundraiser raised more than $9,500, which clear’s the 501(c)(3) organization’s remaining construction debt of $9,000, with a little left over for maintenance projects.

“This is the day we have been waiting for, and we are so grateful to all our sponsors, especially our presenting sponsor Dr. Karen O’Connor and her team at Coastal Georgia Veterinary Care,” said Wendy Bolton, the president of the Bryan County Bark Park Association. “When we first had the vision to provide a community dog park, which would be free for all to use, we did not envisage such a journey. Countless hours and construction costs of over $70,000 have been challenging, but our community has been amazingly supportive, and I want to thank my hardworking board and the many volunteers over the last four years who have given so much to make this day possible.”

Bolton added, “We intend to maintain and improve the Bark Park to ensure dogs can continue to benefit from off-leash exercise and socialization, and we will be laying our first memorial bricks at the park next month.”

O’Connor said, “Coastal Georgia Veterinary Care is delighted to have been the presenting sponsor for the 2016 Bryan’s Bash, and we are thrilled that the Bark Park Association has now paid off its remaining construction debt. The organization arranged a very enjoyable evening, and we look forward to continuing our support to ensure that our community can enjoy the Bryan County Bark Park as a facility which is free for all to use.”

Other Bryan’s Bash sponsors included:
• Leader of the Pack — Cedar Animal Hospital.
• Great Dane — Bryan County News and Richmond Hill City Center.
• Retriever — Lesley Francis Public Relations, Coastal Electric Cooperative, Richmond Hill Reflections LIVE, McDonalds, Ameris Bank, Fish Tales Restaurant, Plantation Lumber, Elmgren’s Services Garden Center and Truly Madly Deeply Photography.
• Spaniel — Pinault’s Defensive Solutions, Waterways Township, Wards Auto Painting & Bodyworks, Pittman Engineering, Richmond Hill Funeral Home, Palmer Chiropractic, South State Bank, Remax/Accent, Boost By Design, Expercare Urgent Care, The Crossroads Center, Grove River Machinery, The Nolan Family, Gail and Warren Onken and Jean and John Iaderosa.

For more information about the Bark Park or to sponsor a memorial brick, go to or call Bolton at 912-657-1221.

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