Bark After Dark Gala


Date: September 17, 2022

Time: VIP Social Hour beginning at 5:00pm. Doors open to the Gala at 5:45pm and we will end our evening by 11:00pm. 

Location: *New Location*  Downtown Des Moines Marriott. 700 Grand Ave, Des Moines, IA  50309

Join us for Bailing Out Benji’s not-so-annual Bark After Dark Gala on September 17, 2022 in Des Moines, Iowa. 

After a two year break due to the pandemic, we are honored to invite our friends, supporters and volunteers back to Des Moines for a night of networking and celebration of all that has been accomplished in the fight to end the cruel puppy mill industry. 

Reserve your tickets now to Bailing Out Benji’s largest event of the year and support our efforts to continue researching and advocating against puppy mills. Enjoy an evening full of music, great food, guest speakers, a silent auction and a room full of advocates who share your passion for helping animals. 



Individual Ticket


VIP Ticket


Family Tickets


*For adults and children ages 10 and up. Includes access to the gala, appetizers, food, dessert and beverages.

*Includes a ticket to the VIP Social Hour in the Hall of Puppy Mill Survivors, as well as everything included with the individual ticket. 

*Includes 2 adult tickets and 2 tickets for children under 10. Includes access to the gala, appetizers, food, dessert and beverages. 

If you have any financial barriers that will prohibit you from attending the gala please contact Mindi Callison: . 


Sponsorship and Table Reservations


If you are interested in investing in a future with no more puppy mills, this is the spot to do it! A variety of sponsorship levels are available that offer an array of benefits to your family and/or business. 

 Please email Mindi Callison:


Hotel Rates

We have a block rate of rooms at the Downtown Des Moines Marriott for our guests. You can reserve your room below. 

Hall of Puppy Mill Survivors

*New this year* 

As a part of our VIP social hour and the entirety of the Bark After Dark Gala, Bailing Out Benji will be showcasing puppy mill survivors from across the country. These dogs are the reasons why we do what we do and we want to honor their stories and share them with the world. 

All canvas prints will be displayed throughout the evening and can be picked up at the end of the night or will be shipped to the family within 2 weeks after the evening of the gala. 

8X10 Custom photo canvas display


8×20 Custom photo canvas display


11×14 Custom photo canvas display


16×20 Custom photo canvas display


We are currently looking for a sponsor for the Hall of Puppy Mill Survivors. This sponsorship opportunity includes tickets to the Bark After Dark Gala, tickets to the VIP Social Hour and special event signage around the Hall. 

Email Mindi for more details:


Silent Auction

We are currently accepting donations for our silent auction. Donations will be accepted through September 1, 2022. Donated items can include, but are not limited to: 

  • Gift certificates or gift cards
  • Home improvement items
  • Tickets to events
  • Autographed items
  • Animal-themed artwork
  • Services
  • Themed gift baskets

If you are interested in donating items to our silent auction, please email Brandi Webber:


Special Guests 

(more to be announced)


Mindi Callison, Founder and Executive Director of Bailing Out Benji 


Eleanor the golden retriever who was rescued from Daniel Gingerich’s puppy mill. 


Event Sponsors

(to be announced)