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BirchBark Announces 2024 Fall in Love GalaCelebrating the Human-Animal Bond with Honoree Barbara DeGroodt

8940 Carmel Valley Rd, Carmel, CA , Carmel, CA 93923
July 9, 2024 - October 9, 2024
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  • Location: 8940 Carmel Valley Rd, Carmel, CA, Carmel, CA
  • Phone: (831) 747-7455
  • Time: 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM
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    Carmel, CA – July 8, 2024 – BirchBark Foundation announces the 2024 Fall in Love Gala, to be held on October 9, 2024, at the picturesque Folktale Winery in Carmel, CA. This enchanting evening will bring together animal lovers and supporters to celebrate and raise funds for the Foundation’s mission to protect the human-animal bond through financial assistance, grief support, and education.

    The 2024 Fall in Love Gala will honor Barbara DeGroodt, owner of From the Heart Dog Training in Salinas, California. With a career spanning over 60 years, Barbara is renowned for her compassionate and effective animal training methods. Her dedication has helped countless pet owners develop strong, positive relationships with their animals. Barbara’s remarkable contributions to the field have earned her induction into the International Association of Canine Professionals Hall of Fame and the prestigious Trainer of the Year title at Westminster.

    Event Details:

    Date: October 9, 2024
    Time: 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM Reception; 6:30 PM Dinner; 7:00 PM Program
    Location: Folktale Winery, 8940 Carmel Valley Rd, Carmel, CA
    The evening will feature:

    A buffet dinner paired with Folktale Wines
    Live and silent auctions with unique items and experiences
    Heartwarming stories and testimonials
    Special recognition of our honoree, Barbara DeGroodt
    NEW this year: An amazing dessert bar where guests can bid on delectable desserts for their table
    Beautiful orchids donated by Matsui Nursery, available for a donation
    Tickets for the 2024 Fall in Love Gala are now on sale. To purchase tickets, please visit or scan the QR code below. Early purchase is recommended as space is limited.

    How You Can Help: We are also seeking donations for our live and silent auctions, as well as 30 delectable desserts for our inaugural dessert auction. If you would like to contribute, please complete this online donation form or download a printable donation form [here]. You may also contact Marci Bracco at (831) 747-7455 or email

    Special Thanks to Our 2024 Sponsors:

    Paw-some Pet Sponsors: Debra C, Sequoia Wealth Advisors
    Purrfect Premier Sponsors: Animal Cancer Center, Anita Dunsay, OneSource Compounding Pharmacy
    VIP (Very Important Pet) Supporters: Animal Internal Medicine Consultants, CoCo and Pepe, Alyssa and Pat Plicka
    Best Buddy Sponsors: Russ and Jackie Menk
    Important Information:

    The event will be held outdoors; please wear layers to stay comfortable throughout the evening.
    Self-parking is available at the venue.
    Join us for an unforgettable evening celebrating the human-animal bond and supporting a cause that truly makes a difference. Your participation and generosity will help pets and their families in our community.

    For more information about the event, sponsorship opportunities, or to make a donation, please visit [Website Link] or contact Marci Bracco at (831) 747-7455 or

    Contact: Marci Bracco
    BirchBark Foundation
    Phone: (831) 747-7455

    About BirchBark Foundation:
    The BirchBark Foundation is dedicated to protecting the human-animal bond by providing financial assistance, grief support, and education to pet owners in need. Our mission is to ensure that economic hardship never results in the loss of a beloved family pet.

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