Bark After Dark Gala


Since our founding in 2011, Bailing Out Benji has educated millions of people about the cruel puppy mill industry through our advocacy and rescue efforts- but we couldn’t have done this alone. You have been crucial in helping us grow and reach an audience that we have never been able to before. We have decided that this Puppy Mill Awareness Day weekend, we want to invite our closest friends and supporters to our first annual “Bark After Dark” Gala on Saturday, September 15th, 2018!

This semi-formal event will benefit our nationwide advocacy efforts, as well as going towards the vet care of the over 500 puppy mill dogs we have saved in the last 4 years. Tickets will be $30 each ($50 per couple) and will include admission, dinner, dessert and drinks. There will be a silent auction and raffle with many donated items, as well as special guests from all over the country- including Actress Kristen Renton from the hit series “Sons of Anarchy” and our Emcee for the evening will be Lou Sipolt from our local “We Are Iowa” news station. You will also get the opportunity to meet some of our volunteers from all over the country who will be traveling in for the evening!  We will also have a red carpet, photo backdrop hosted by MMC photography with free photos being taken of this special night.

Tickets are not yet available, but we want you to have plenty of time to mark your calendars and figure out travel plans for this amazing night benefitting the puppy mill dogs! The location is very close to the Des Moines airport and there are many hotels within a mile of the Gala. 

We are currently looking for sponsors for the evening as well! Whether you are a supporter, an owner of a puppy mill dog, a volunteer for us (or another organization) or even a business owner- we have a sponsorship level that everyone can meet! If you are interested in learning more about how you can become a sponsor, send an email to  with “Bark After Dark Sponsor” in the subject line. 

Thank you so much for all of your support over the years and thank you for falling in love for every puppy mill dog we’ve saved. We hope to see you on September 15th! 


Mindi Callison

President and Founder, Bailing Out Benji 

Special Guest, Actress Kristen Renton

Guest Emcee, Lou Sipolt from “We Are Iowa”



Mindi Callison, Founder of Bailing Out Benji

THANK YOU to Webber Designs , one of our sponsors for the evening! They created this amazing save the date and will be the design masters behind everything we do and have printed for Bark After Dark!