CANCELED: Pawject Runway 2020
Like everyone, we have been closely monitoring the spread of COVID-19. After watching the number of cases multiply, and knowing that the only way to stop its spread and protect our community’s health is to avoid public gatherings, we are canceling this year’s Pawject Runway, scheduled for Saturday, April 4. We believe it’s the responsible thing to do, although it’s a heartbreaking decision to have to make.
This event involves two organizations, 50 Softies from around the country, multiple sponsors and untold hours spent coordinating and planning. The proceeds from this one night represent the bulk of Show Your Soft Side’s annual budget and are critical to helping BARCS cover the costs of caring for more than 12,000 homeless and abandoned animals each year. To say the cancellation is devastating would be an understatement. It will, undoubtedly, impact the work of both organizations, but given the situation, it’s the only right thing to do.
Over the course of the next few days, we will announce virtual plans to get the animals currently slated to appear in Pawject Runway adopted into loving homes. Our Softies have already agreed to do whatever they can to help. So many companies and businesses have given generously and that is one element of the event that we can hold without risking anyone’s health. And, of course, any ticket and/or sponsorship donations will be refunded upon request.
Our annual online auction is rescheduled to now launch on Sunday, April 12 with a conclusion and winners announced on the evening of Thursday, April 23. This year, more than ever, we are counting on our online auction to help with lost revenue from the runway show cancellation. We hope that you will join us in bidding to raise money and save the lives of vulnerable animals i our community.
We are deeply indebted to our Softies, our sponsors, our volunteers and our supporters who have been with us through this difficult journey. Your commitment and friendship mean the world to us.