The 5th Annual BARK TWAIN BASH…It’s the Cat’s Meow! – THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT!

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April 23, 2022 • 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm


The Mark Twain House & Museum and Kenway’s Cause is presenting the Fifth Annual Bark Twain Bash, an evening of celebrating our four-legged friends! Proceeds to benefit Kenway’s Cause and the Mark Twain House & Museum. Saturday April 23, 2022 from 5pm to 9pm.

The evening includes a cash bar, food by David James Catering and special guests, including Lt Governor Susan Bysiewicz and the Commissioner of the Department of Agriculture Bryan Hurlburt, Mia Phinney from Mia’s Mission and more. We will be presenting special awards to special animal friends, and animals themselves. The event is hosted by iHeartMedia’s Renee DiNino and Buzz Engine’s Jacques Lamarre with a special presentation by Pieter Roos, Executive Director.

Among this year’s honoree’s will be; the CT Lab Squad (see below) as affectionately known by iHeartMedia and WFSB for their continuous support of community cause’s for both people and pets in Connecticut!

The West Hartford Animal Control Officer Kim Gulino for both her tireless work in helping keep pets safe in her district and for also going above and beyond for other municipalities too!

Natalie Johnson, for being an avid supporter, adopter, volunteer and foster for Kenway’s Cause. Most notably saving Ryker, a dog left for dead, and starving wrapped in a blanket. After many months of rehabilitation Ryker became a foster-fail and is now a permanent part of her family.

A special thank you to Kenway’s Cause volunteer Denise Smaglis! 

2022 Kid Governor Makhi Ettienne-Modeste for his Animal Advocacy and creating awareness about this through his platform as Kid Governor of Connecticut.

Posthumous Award and Thank you to past recipient K9 Harper from the UConn Police Department and K9 Olympics.

The CT Lab Squad:

  • Officer Heather McClelland and Officer Chase of the Groton Police Department Officer 
  • Jay Bodell and K9 Bear from the Middletown Police Department 
  • Officer Danielle Durette, Patrolman and K9 Indy from the Naugatuck Police Department 
  • Officer Hannah Yabrosky, Patrolman and K9 Addison from the Torrington Police Department 
  • Sergeant Justin Cheney and Officer K9 Tildy from the UConn Police Department 
  • Officer JB O’Reilly and Officer K9 Carson from the UConn Police Department 
  • Officer Richard Simons and Officer Heidi from the Yale New Haven Police Department 

Tickets are $35 and include the delicious goodies prepared by Chef Sue of David James Catering.

The Bark Twain Bash is supported by The Mark Twain House, iHeartMedia, WFSB Channel 3, Wizard of Paws, Leaps and Bones Dog Barkery, Fi Dog Collars, The Petit Family Foundation, The Denise D’Ascenzo Foundation, Johnson Brunetti, Seasons Magazines, AK Photography, Blades International Salons and David James Catering.

Tickets are $35 and include the delicious goodies prepared by Chef Sue of David James Catering. REGISTER HERE.



April 23, 2022
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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The Mark Twain House & Museum
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