On Oct. 19, Alaqua Animal Refuge will host its Inaugural Barn Jam to serve two main purposes: raising money to help finish building the new site and showing visitors what refuge has to offer.
FREEPORT — Alaqua Animal Refuge plans to host an inaugural event to show off its new location.
According to founder Lauri Hood, Alaqua's inaugural Barn Jam will be Oct. 19 and serve two main purposes: raising money to help finish building the new site and showing visitors what the refuge has to offer.
"This event allows the public to come out and see what we are doing while enjoying a brand new concept of entertainment in our area," she said.
The event will be the day after Alaqua's sixth annual 100 Point and Cult Wine Dinner — part of a weekend dubbed Animore, said spokeswoman Mary Murry. She added that the name stemmed from the words "animal" and "amore," the Italian word for love.
"We're calling it a weekend benefit for the love of animals," Murry said. "All the funds raised on Saturday's inaugural Barn Jam actually goes toward our capital campaign (to build) our new property."
Up to $1 million raised during the event will also be matched through a grant from the Dugas Family Foundation.
"You spend $50 on the ticket, you're actually providing $100," said Murry, who added that tickets for children under 12 years old are $25.
Guests will also have the opportunity to visit different food trucks, participate in a silent auction and hear performances from a lineup of musicians including Aaron Barker, Billy Dawson and Luke Langford Band.
Shuttles will also be offered with $25 round-trip tickets, Murry said. Pick up locations will be in Sandestin, Water Color and the Destin Commons. Buses will depart every hour from 3-5 p.m. and then return after the event at about 10:30 p.m.
Looking ahead, the refuge hopes to host more festivals and farmers markets to help get the community more involved.
"One of Alaqua's goals for the new property ... is not only are we saving animals and rescuing, rehabilitating and finding them new homes ... we also want to bring people together." Murry said.
To purchase tickets to the inaugural Barn Jam, visit www.animore.org. Murry added that tickets can also be purchased at the door, but that buying in advanced is suggested.