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animoré – A Weekend Benefit for the Love of Animals

October 18, 2019 @ 5:00 pm - October 19, 2019 @ 10:00 pm EDT

is the first annual weekend festival in celebration of and for the love of animals.

The festival will take place Friday, October 18 and Saturday, October 19, 2019 on the grounds of Alaqua Animal Refuge’s future home in Freeport, Florida. The weekend showcases two events — the 6th Annual 100 Point and Cult Wine Dinner and the Inaugural Barn Jam.

The animoré weekend benefit was born out of an idea from Alaqua’s Founder Laurie Hood to create a community event combining music with excellent food and wine in support of animal welfare. For hundreds of years, music has enhanced our souls and holds a special spiritual power for engaging our senses. Interactions with animals also have powerful effects on the human spirit and body.

As such, one of our goals for our future home and its unique environment is to be an inspiration for creating a kinder, more empathetic, and healthier society by healing animals and people. We believe that this inaugural animoré festival does just that – bringing people together through music and engagement to help heal and give animals in Alaqua’s care second chances at life, happiness, and most of all, love.

For sponsorship opportunities and inquiries, please contact:  animore@alaqua.org



6th Annual 100 Point and Cult Wine Dinner

The animoré weekend kicks off with Alaqua’s 6th Annual 100 Point and Cult Wine Dinner. This exclusive evening is a one-of-a-kind experience for a limited collection of patrons, as guests will be the first to dine in a most unique, surprise setting at Alaqua’s future home. The elegant affair begins with a cocktail reception and an intimate musical performance, followed by an exquisite 5-course dinner prepared by Chef Brendan Davey, perfectly paired with distinctive and stellar wines. An evening of luxe savoring and sipping, this fetê is not to be missed! As an added bonus this year, guests will be treated to the VIP Patron Lounge and prime seating at the Inaugural Barn Jam the next day (including complimentary food and drinks).


Inaugural Barn Jam

The animoré Inaugural Barn Jam takes place on Saturday beginning in the afternoon, and will feature an outdoor music festival with performances by Nashville songwriters Billy Dawson, Aaron Barker, and Jon Nite. Together, these award-winning songwriters and performers have written hits for George Strait, Tim McGraw, Keith Urban, Miranda Lambert, Kenny Chesney, Lee Brice, Luke Bryan, and many more. Headlining is roots-rocking, multi-instrumentalist Eric Lindell who has collaborated and shared stages with John Fogarty and Jackson Browne, and is a founding member of Dragon Smoke with Ivan Neville. The Barn Jam will include a wide variety of food trucks, beverages, a silent auction, and seating options from general admission to exclusive VIP Patrons.


100 Point Wine and Cult Dinner
Limited collection of guests
$1,200 per seat

Inaugural Barn Jam
General Admission, Adult:  $50
General Admission, Child under 12:  $25
VIP Patron, Furlanthropist:  $500*

*Includes prime seating at Barn Jam, and complimentary food and beverages inside the VIP Patron Lounge


Billy Dawson
Billy Dawson is a multi-talented singer, songwriter, entertainer, author and motivational speaker. Nashville Industry Music Awards awarded him with Artist of the Year, Best Country Male Vocalist, and Best Country Live Performer. He is the author of Amazon best seller “You Never Know,” and was also the winner of the iHeart Radio “Get Discovered” National Competition. Dawson has played with many artists including Lee Brice, Lady Antebellum, One Republic, Thompson Square, Toby Keith, Colt Ford, Craig Morgan, and many more.

Aaron Barker
Aaron Barker is a multi-hit songwriter with hits that spans 3 decades. He has written hit songs for George Strait including “Baby Blue,” “I Can Still Make Cheyenne,” and “Love Without End, Amen.” Other hits include “Not Enough Hours In The Night” by Doug Supernaw, “Watch This” and “You’re Beginning To Get To Me” by Clay Walker, and “What About Now” by Lonestar. His songs have been cut by Tyler Farr, Willie Nelson, Trace Adkins, Oak Ridge Boys, and more. He is also the writer and singer of many commercials for the Blue Bell Ice Cream Company, including “Have Yourself A Blue Bell Country Day.”

Jon Nite
Jon Nite is a CMA and ACM award winning singer/songwriter who has written 14 top ten hits for American music’s top artists. Jon’s songs have been recorded by Tim McGraw, Chris Young, Dierks Bentley, Blake Shelton, Keith Urban, David Nail, Luke Bryan, Kenny Chesney, Phillip Phillips, Chase Rice, Jake Owen, Michael Ray, Adam Craig, Darius Rucker, Gloriana, and many more. His hits include “What Ever She’s Got” by David Nail, “Smoke” by A Thousand Horses, “We Were Us” by Keith Urban and Miranda Lambert, “Beachin” by Jake Owen, “Strip It Down” by Luke Bryan, “Noise” by Kenny Chesney, and “Think A Little Less” by Michael Ray.

Eric Lindell
With his raspy, soulful voice and instantly memorable original songs, roots-rocking multi-instrumentalist Eric Lindell is a true one-of-a-kind talent. Mixing West Coast rock and swampy Gulf Coast R&B with honky tonk country and Memphis soul, Lindell creates American roots music that is both surprisingly fresh and sweetly familiar. Lindell has collaborated and shared stages with John Fogerty and Jackson Browne, and is a founding member of Dragon Smoke with Ivan Neville.


October 18, 2019 @ 5:00 pm EDT
October 19, 2019 @ 10:00 pm EDT


Alaqua Animal Refuge


Future Home of Alaqua Animal Refuge
5781 Highway 20 East
Freeport, FL 32439
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