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Richmond Hill veterinarian is 2016 Bryans Bash presenting sponsor
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Dr. Karen OConnor, the president and chief of staff of Coastal Georgia Veterinary Care, poses with her German shepherds Taylor, left, and Dottie. - photo by Photo provided.

Coastal Georgia Veterinary Care is the presenting sponsor for the fourth annual Bryan’s Bash, benefiting the Bryan County Bark Park.

The event will take place from 6:30-11 p.m. Saturday at the Richmond Hill City Center.

“We are so grateful to Dr. Karen O’Connor and her team at Coastal Georgia Veterinary Care for underwriting some of the major expenses associated with this year’s fundraiser, especially as we have stepped up the entertainment this year by booking Departure, a fantastic Journey tribute band,” said Wendy Bolton, the president of the Bark Park. “Coastal Georgia Veterinary Care’s sponsorship has put us so much closer to reaching our fundraising goal of paying off the remainder of the park’s construction loan and raising enough money to maintain the park in 2016.”

Bolton noted that the Bark Park cost $70,000 to build and is free for anyone to use.

O’Connor’s veterinary practice is at 100 Timber Trail Road, Suite 104, in Richmond Hill.

“At Coastal Georgia Veterinary Care, we emphasize the importance of exercise and socialization for dogs, so we were delighted when this group of volunteers founded the Bark Park Association to build a dog park for the Richmond Hill area and thrilled when it opened in November 2014,” O’Connor said. “We are committed to this community and believe that by supporting the Bark Park, we will enrich the lives of people and their dogs.”

Bryan’s Bash includes the concert, dinner and drinks. Two drink tickets are included in the $60 per-person admission.

A cash bar will be available featuring special dog-themed cocktails. In addition to donating the space for the event, the City Center is donating 20 percent of every cocktail sold back to the Bark Park and is offering the following options:
• Woof-ito — A minty, mojito-style drink with vodka, triple sec and lemonade served with locally grown fresh mint and blueberries;
• Paw-punch — A marinated light and fruity punch with gin, melon liqueur and triple sec served with fresh fruit; and
• Bark-a-tini — A dessert-style cocktail with vodka, espresso, Godiva chocolate and cream served with whipped cream and chocolate.

Raffle tickets will be on sale for a 50/50 drawing, and auction items have been donated.

The live-auction items include a week’s vacation at a Costa Rica condo; a week at a dog-friendly home on St. George Island, Florida; a quail hunt at Roberts Shooting Preserve; and an instant wine cellar. There are also many other silent and live auction items.

Tickets are available at the Bark Park website,, or by calling Bolton at 912-657-1221.

The money raised supports the Bryan County Bark Park, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Donations are tax deductible.

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