Nipmuc Students Raising Funds for Animal Shelters


Nipmuc students Katie Sauer, Mackenzie Callahan, and Paige Murphy are hosting a raffle night on Saturday, December 12 at the Rose Garden to raise money for local animal shelters. The event is for families, adults, and everyone in between.

The girls said the idea to raise funds for animal shelters stemmed from their love of dogs, “We all own or have previously owned shelter dogs. We want to help solve the problem with animal shelters not having enough resources to take care of animals as well as they can,” they said.

Katie once worked with a local shelter to re-home a dog,  “I was impressed by how much the volunteers cared for the animals but it’s hard to take care of animals, especially when most shelters are non-profit and run virtually entirely on donations,” she said.

The funds raised will benefit two shelters; MSPCA-Angell in Boston and Buddy Dog Human Society in Sudbury. They are hoping to raise enough funds to make a donation to BayPath In Hopkinton.

In addition to the Beans for Barks Raffle Night, the girls are selling limited addition Red Barn Coffee in the flavor of your choice and have set up a GoFundMe for people who would like to contribute to their cause.

12039503_957737110940425_4922917945599407858_nCoffee can be purchased by emailing It’s $12 for a pound ($6 goes towards the cause).  The bag is custom designed with the logo  “Beans for Barks – Warm, Bold, and Full of Character Just Like Our Buddies.”

The Coffee is a great gift idea for any animal lover who enjoys a cup of joe. COFFEE FLAVORS: Red Barn Blend (mild central South African blend), Red Barn Decaf (medium roast, blended), French Roast (Red Barn’s Darkest Roast), Pumpkin Pie (rich pumpkin pie flavor with warm spices), Frosty’s Favorite (graham cracker, vanilla, hazelnut and warm cinnamon), and Sea Salt Caramel Mocha (smooth caramel with warm chocolate)

If you can’t make the raffle event you can purchase raffle tickets by contacting

Below are all the details about the event and baskets.

Beans For Barks Raffle Night
Please help us raise money for local animal shelters!
Email: to buy tickets or with any questions
Community Service DECA Project by Katie Sauer, Paige
Murphy, and Mackenzie Callahan

On Saturday, December 12th, we will be hosting a raffle night from 6-9 p.m. to raise money for local animal shelters. We are also selling Red Barn Coffee as another method to raise funds.
How You Can Help Our Cause:

1. Attend our raffle night at the Rose Garden restaurant in Upton on Saturday, December 12th from 6-9 P.M. Everyone is welcome, pizza will be available and it’s free to get in- buy tickets at the door!

2. IF YOU CAN’T MAKE IT, YOU CAN STILL BUY RAFFLE TICKETS! Contact Katie Sauer, with information about which baskets you’d like to purchase tickets for.

3. Buy some of our delicious Red Barn Coffee! It sells for $12 a bag, makes for a perfect holiday gift, and half the money made from each bag will go directly to local animal shelters.

TICKET PRICES: $2 FOR 1, $5 FOR 3, $10 FOR 6, $20 FOR 15

Wine Basket
This basket includes quality wines, glasses, a bottle opener, and anything else a wine aficionado might appreciate! Great for any wine lover- great idea for a gift, or to keep all for yourself !

Dog Lover’s Basket
This basket includes dog leashes, a dog bed, collars, special treats and biscuits- perfect for your pup(s) or for a friend who loves theirs!

Baker’s Basket
This basket is filled to the brim with baking supplies, including tools, measuring cups, mason jars filled with ready-to-go ingredients to make delicious cookies (perfect for Christmas cookie swaps), and anything else a baker may need.

Coffee Lover’s Basket
This basket is full of special flavors of perfectly roasted Red Barn Coffee, mugs, biscotti to pair with morning coffee, and everything else in between. Perfect for anyone who can’t get their day started without a cup o’ joe!

Women’s Mystery Basket
This basket is perfect for gifts (or to keep) for any woman- the real contents are a secret, but may include things like gift certificates to hair/nail salons, body care items, handbags, etc.

Gift Card Tree Basket
This basket is perfect for Christmas shopping, or even to split up and give as gifts- no one ever said no to a gift card! Filled with gift cards to places anyone shops, including places such as Dunkin Donuts, Target, Walmart, Lowe’s Home Improvement, etc.

Lottery Basket
This basket is perfect for anyone who loves scratch tickets- it’s filled to the brim with them! Take your chances with this basket and you can win big, or wear the scratch tickets as a scarf !


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