Two local groups are coming together to help out our four-legged friends. The Tallahassee Area Dart Association is sponsoring a Dart Tournament on Sunday, Nov. 16 in which the proceeds will benefit the Big Bend Disaster Animal Response Team (known by its acronym, Big Bend DART). The match-up of a dart club and the DART team was just too good to pass up.
Volunteers with Big Bend DART operate the pet-friendly part of Red Cross shelters during evacuations. They are also trained to assist in retrieving animals left behind during disasters and evacuations. This past year Big Bend DART volunteers raised over $5000 to place sets of pet oxygen masks on every fire engine with the Tallahassee Fire Department, as well as for fire departments in Blountstown, Madison, Perry, Apalachicola and Havana.
The first annual "Darts for DART" tournament will be held at the Elks Lodge at 276 Magnolia Drive on Sunday, Nov. 16 and anyone can participate. Entry fee for the tournament is only $10; sign up begins at 4:30 p.m. with the tournament starting at 5 p.m.
It will be a "blind draw" tournament in which teams are matched up by the luck of the draw. For those whose throwing skills are a little rusty, there's a workshop for beginners from 3 p.m. — 4:30 p.m. if you need some practice before the tournament begins. If the idea of competing in a tournament makes you queasy, you can try your luck at the chance board instead to win prizes donated by local restaurants and businesses, such as dinner coupons, ice cream, massage, jewelry, oil change, wine, a hair cut, pizza, bowling and much more. Join us for free food, fun and prizes, all for a good cause.
For more information, call Sheila Gmeiner with the Tallahassee Area Dart Association at 514-3063 or Barbara Barnett with Big Bend Disaster Animal Response Team at 524-3046, or visit the Web site at bigbenddart.org.
By Haven B. Cook • SPECIAL TO THE CHRONICLE • October 28, 2008 (story source...)