Saturday, September 23, 2023

Bark After Dark is Not Your Average House Party

Most house parties don’t have larger-than-life LED dancing robots.

Nor do they typically feature electric violin players, luxury raffle, silent auctions or attentive waiter service.

If the highlight of the last house party you went to had anything to do with a seven layer dip, and if that disappoints you, you’ll be happy to know there’s one house party this season that’s crazy fun yet elegant enough to feel special and sophisticated: Bark After Dark.

The 5th annual Bark After Dark on Feb. 17 hosted by  Charity Champions, a Boca Raton nonprofit whose aim is to raise funds for other nonprofits that improve animal welfare. Bark After Dark is Charity Champions’ only event of the year, which means one year’s worth of time and effort has gone into this party. Featuring a full open bar, hor’s douvres, luxe goody bags with surprises from Lord & Taylor and more, this is truly the event of the season.

Bark is a one-of-a-kind party in a one-of-a-kind home. This year’s now-announced  “mystery mansion” is one of residential developer and designer Mary Widmer’s spectacular Intracoastal homes. Everything about the home screams luxury: the marble kitchen and hallways, the glass balusters on the staircase, the seven-car air conditioned garage.

The evening of Bark After Dark, the home lights up inside and out, and the infinity pool appears to go on forever, right out to the Intracoastal. You’ll sip the evening away and have the opportunity to explore this unique home with only 199 other people. Charity Champions only sells 200 tickets to this exclusive event, and there are less than 30 left!

One hundred percent of money raised from the event goes directly to one nonprofit; this year Charity Champions will donate every dollar it makes from Bark After Dark to Good Karma Pet Rescue. Good Karma is a network of foster families in South Florida dedicated to providing loving and caring foster homes for cats and dogs. Bark After Dark raised $30,000 for Big Dog Ranch Rescue’s emergency care program last year, and founder of Charity Champions, Julia Jendruczek hopes to raise $50,000 this year for Good Karma.

Thomas Clark, an animal lover who’s been a generous financial contributor to Charity Champions, says Charity Champion’s business model is unique: “They might not be building cage-less shelters, but they’ll take a group that is and put on a great fundraising event.”

Don’t miss out on the craziest, classiest party of the season. Purchase your tickets ($125) here.

Bark After Dark takes place Feb. 17 at 6:30 p.m.899 Enfield St., Boca Raton.

Shayna Tanen
Shayna Tanen
Shayna is the Web Editor of Boca Magazine. She is a 20-something sorta-recent graduate from the University of Florida with a degree in journalism. Most of her time is spent fawning over cats and kittens; cooking food at home for her family; and observing Florida's greatest asset: nature.

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