PIC/REVIEW - Lulu’s Barkin’ BBQ charity event - Sat 17 August

Sheryl headlined Lulu’s Barkin’ BBQ, the chuckwagon supper and auction hosted by Fred and Jana Bartlit as a benefit for the Dumb Friends League, the largest independent, nonprofit community-based animal shelter/humane society .The event was held at their home in Castle Pines Village in Denver, with food by Texas barbecue chef Tom Perini. Read more about Lulu’s Barkin’ BBQ in Joanne Davidson’s RSVP and the Mile High Style blog.

Sheryl with hosts Jana, Lulu and Fred Bartlit. (Steve Peterson for The Denver Post)

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Sheryl Crow sings for homeless pets; Lulu’s Barkin’ BBQ raises $850,000 for Dumb Friends League

By Joanne Davidson
Denver Post

Sometimes, recording artists get it in their heads that audiences want to hear new music, obscure music … anything but their greatest hits.

And while we’ll give ‘em this — that singing the same songs concert after concert can be tedious for the vocalist and his or her band — fans are indeed disappointed when the set list doesn’t include at least some of the tunes that made the artist famous.

Nine-time Grammy winner Sheryl Crow gave the crowd more than its money’s worth when she headlined Lulu’s Barkin’ BBQ, the annual hoedown that Fred and Jana Bartlit host as a fundraiser for the Dumb Friends League.

Her hour-long show included nearly all of her hits, including “Soak Up the Sun,” “The First Cut Is The Deepest,” “All I Wanna Do” and “If It Makes You Happy.”

She further endeared herself by pointing out that a couple of the boys in her band were wearing shirts they’d purchased at the Larimer Square boutique, Cry Baby Ranch.

This was the 12th year that the Bartlits have hosted Lulu’s Barkin’ BBQ. In addition to bringing in name entertainment, they also bring barbecue king Tom Perini in from Buffalo Gap, Texas, to do the cooking.

Jana Bartlit is a lifetime member of the DFL board; her husband is a prominent attorney, the ‘Bartlit’ in Bartlit Beck Herman Palenchar & Scott LLP. Lulu Bartlit, their dog, is a Brussels Griffon.

The evening begins with cocktails and a silent auction in and around a giant tent — one large enough to hold 500-plus guests and a stage that will accommodate the entertainers.

It takes 12 days to get everything set up, Jana Bartlit said, and three days to tear down.

Perini and his crew serve barbecued ribs, deep-fried shrimp and bacon-wrapped jalapeno poppers while guests enjoy margaritas and other adult beverages. Dinner is a chuckwagon buffet that includes beef tenderloin, fried catfish, green chili hominy and assorted salads.

A live auction preceded Crow’s show, and two of the most popular items were the chance to have a photo of one’s pet appear on either the cover or centerfold of the DFL’s 2014 calendar.

The cover shot was secured by Lynn and Rick Hendricks while a four-legged member of Thomas and Joey Puschak’s family will appear as the centerfold. The calendar goes on sale Oct. 15 at the DFL gift shop.

Those bids helped push the total amount raised to $850,000 — a nice jump over last year’s $679,000.

And, since a top priority for the Dumb Friends League is to find forever homes for homeless pets, it was heartening to know that 13 of the 16 pets brought to the event were adopted. Nine dogs and four cats.

Bob Rohde, who has been president and CEO of the DFL since 1977, helped the hosts greet such supporters as board chair Scott Stevens; former chair Craig Mills and Nancy Willerton; J Madden and his wife, Linda Poletti; Kathi Brock; Dr. Pete Sendroy; Howard and Susan Noble; Barry and Arlene Hirschfeld; Judy Fahrenkrog and Larry King; Karen Woods; Eli and Ashley Wald; Lanny and Sharon Martin; Sandy and Melissa Rufenacht; Gregory Sissel and Theresa Ivanovich; Edie Busam and hubby Mike McArdle; Dick and Cathey Finlon; and Dave McKleveen with Pat “Gabby Gourmet” Miller.

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Joanne Davidson: 303-809-1314, jdavidson@denverpost.com and @GetItWrite on Twitter

SOURCE: Denver Post

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