BROOD Ramble

GENERAL RAMBLE INFORMATION

BROOD's 21st Annual Ramble Fundraiser will be held on Saturday, September 22. Registration opens at 9:30 am. The Ramble starts at 10 am. This year’s theme—Fall in Love with a Basset. Be sure to be there to help us celebrate 22 years of saving the lives of over 3,100 hounds. Many thanks to Joan Portner for her fabulous basset artwork!

There will be a day of fun activities, lunch, auctions, raffles, shopping and contests for humans and hounds alike. Be sure to come and enter your hound in the Costume Contest, Pie Eating Contest and the Basset 500 Race!

Location: Frying Pan Park at 2709 West Ox Road, Herndon, VA 20171. For directions and a map go to http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/fryingpanpark/#map. Use the main entrance and proceed along the main entrance road to the equestrian barn area and look for signs pointing to the BROOD event parking area behind the large horse barns. (Do not enter or park at second entrance on West Ox Road for the Visitor Center.)

What is a Ramble? The Ramble is BROOD's premier revenue raising event of the year, and it's also a lot of fun! Before the Ramble, we ask that you gather "pledges" from your family, friends, neighbors, and co-workers. Remember all those Girl Scout Cookies you've bought over the years -- now it's payback time! A pledge sheet is available which will allow you to keep track of the pledges you get. All pledges are tax-deductible for the giver.

Ramble Flyer. Help us advertise the Ramble! Print off and distribute this Ramble Flyer.

Pre-Register for the Ramble. PREREGISTER NOW TO SPEED CHECK-IN TIME AT THE RAMBLE!!

Accommodations for the Ramble. We have upgraded the Ramble hotel this year. The official Ramble hotel is the Hyatt Place Herndon/Dulles Airport East, 13711 Sayward Blvd, Herndon, VA 20171. The hotel is a short 3-mile drive from Frying Pan Park.

Call the hotel directly 571-643-0905 to make your reservation at the BROOD RAMBLE rate of $109 a night, plus $75 for each dog. The room is a Queen Suite. Or use this special link to make a reservation.

This rate is good for two days prior and two days after your arrival for the Ramble event. Reservations need to be made by September 7 to get this rate, so make your reservations early.

Any questions or (more importantly!) do you want to volunteer to help? Please contact us by email at .

WAYS TO SUPPORT THE RAMBLE

Sponsorships for Individuals. Last year we were privileged to have 88 generous and loyal BROOD members and followers support the Ramble by becoming sponsors. The response was so great that we are offering Ramble sponsorships again this year with new incentives! Sponsors will receive special thank-you gifts: Basset Large Tote Bag, BROOD Umbrella, Magnetic Notepad Holder, Car Coasters and Air Freshener Set or a BROOD Waste Bag Dispenser. Each is a thank you for your generous Ramble sponsorship.

Sponsorships are a great way to support the Ramble. Become a Harvest, Pumpkin, Scarecrow, Corn Maze or Acorn sponsor and you will be listed in the official Ramble program and on the BROOD website. Click here to learn more about individual sponsorships. Plus if you pledge at one of the top three sponsorship levels starting at $500 (Scarecrow, Pumpkin or Harvest sponsor) your support will be recognized at the Ramble with a special banner.

Click here for information on all sponsorship levels.

Sponsorships for Businesses and Veterinarians. Showcase your business or vet clinic/practice at the Ramble and support BROOD at the same time by becoming a a Harvest, Pumpkin, Scarecrow, Corn Maze or Acorn sponsor. Your business will be listed on the BROOD website for a year as part of your sponsorship.

Click here for more information on business sponsorships.

Vendor Booth Rental. Last year we had great vendors at the Ramble and hope to again this year. For only $50 you can showcase your business and sell items. Or donate an item worth $50 or more and your booth rental will be free!

Click here for more information on vendor opportunities.

Use Our New Crowdfunding Page to Raise Funds from Family and Friends. Set up a personal fundraising page using the RallyUp website and do your Ramble fundraising via emails and online donations. Go to the special BROOD Ramble RallyUp page and click the Start Fundraising button to create your own special appeal that you can then send to friends and family for them to support BROOD via online donations to the Ramble.

Donate Gift Cards for the Gift Card Raffle. We are having a gift card raffle at the Ramble and need $25 gift cards. Pick your favorite national restaurant or retail store chain and mail the cards to: Tracy Yee Dano, 5053 9th Street South, Arlington, VA 22204. You can also bring cards to the Ramble.

Pledge Incentives. This is our biggest fundraiser of the year, and we need your support. Donations $50 and above made the day of the Ramble at Registration will qualify you for special thank you gifts: Dog Reminder Magnet Pack or BROOD Waste Bag Dispenser. Not a BROOD member? Join at the Ramble and receive a BROOD Waste Bag Dispenser.

Any questions or (more importantly!) do you want to volunteer to help? Please contact us by email at .

RAMBLE ACTIVITIES

Food at the Ramble. We will have lunch with hot food and drinks galore.

Ramble Games and Contests. We will have a Costume Contest this year, and anything goes! Dress your dog in any costume and maybe you will win one of the prizes. We also have the Pie Eating Contest again this year. So start training your hound now! Yum!!! Other contests are: Longest Ears, Best Howler/Vocalist, Best Tail Wagger, Best Butt, Biggest Paws, Best Mixed Up Breeds and Best Kisser.

The Famous Basset 500 Race. Get your hounds and other dogs ready for the short and fun Basset 500 race. On your mark, get set and go! The top three finishers in each heat will win prizes and trophies.

Agility Area. New this year is an Agility area for your dog to try out jumping, weaving and a tunnel.

Hound Kissing Booth. Be prepared to get kissed by a basset. All kisses will support BROOD’s rescue work, of course!

Free Paw Painting. Take home a paw print watercolor made by your dog as a reminder of your fun day. Paw prints are free this year!

Fall Photo Booth Booth. Stop by the photo booth with your camera and take as many photos as you want of family, friends and your dog(s) in front of the fall backdrop.

Don't Have a Basset? Rent one for the day! Many of our foster bassets will be there and available to share in the fun.

Auctions. The auction again this year includes an Online Only Auction that ends prior to the Ramble. This means that everyone will have the opportunity to win items and support the Ramble -- whether or not you can attend the event itself. This Online Auction runs during the month of August.

We will have our one-of-a-kind Live Onsite Auction again this year, too. So be sure to attend the Ramble to bid on the unique basset items we will have, including framed art, basset garden fountain, Charlie barn cookie jar, basset bird feeder and MUCH MORE!

New This Year - Silent Auction. We will have some great basset items at the Silent Auction tables. Look for framed artwork, pillows, salt and pepper shakers, basset stuffed animals and more!

Raffle Baskets. We will have dozens of themed raffle baskets this year. There's something for everyone!!

Gift Card Raffle. Don't miss the gift card raffle. We will have dozens of $25 restaurant and store gift cards in the raffle.