Grove “Bark” Inn Gingerbread Doghouse Competition A Success

We are happy to announce that the Grove Bark Inn Gingerbread Doghouse Competition and Display was a wild success! We are proud to have supported such a fun event, which raised $6,500 for local animal welfare organizations!


The "People's Choice" trophy was awarded on Monday, December 12th in the front lobby of Animal Hospital of North Asheville. The winner, Mrs. Donna Valentiner, is from Ohio. The winning gingerbread doghouse took approximately 6 weeks to cook and construct.  Mrs. Valentiner traveled to AHNA with Grove Park Inn staff members in a specially decorated Lincoln town car, "The Gingerbread Car." But that’s not the end of this gingerbread doghouse’s adventures! If chosen, the house will travel to New York City and appear on Good Morning America! 


The original Grove Park Inn Gingerbread House contest took place 19 years ago and there were 12 entries; this first Grove Park Inn Gingerbread Doghouse contest had 30 entries! We hope this fundraiser for local animal shelters will grow to be as successful as the original contest.


Here is the full list of winners:

The Grove “Bark” Inn Gingerbread Doghouse Competition
2011 Winners

People’s Choice:
Donna Valentiner, Amelia, OH

Best of Show Grand Prize Winner
Tim Lamb, Atlanta, GA
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Sporting Class (Individual Adult Entries)
1st Place—Tim Lamb, Atlanta, GA
2nd Place—Donna Valentiner, Amelia, OH
3rd Place—Shim Carmean and Michael Burich, Asheville, NC
4th Place—Claire Simpson-Jones, Burnsville, NC
5th Place—Midori Sickel, Sunrise, FL

Friends of Madison County Animals Working Class (Business/Professional Entries) 
1st Place—Sidney Caton for Bent Creek Lodge, Arden, NC
2nd Place—Banfield Pet Hospital, Arden, NC
3rd Place—Asheville Convention & Visitors Bureau, Asheville, NC

Herding Class (Non-Profit Organizations/Community Service Groups)
1st Place—Noah Carlson for Asheville Humane Society, Asheville, NC
2nd Place—North Buncombe High School, Weaverville, NC
3rd Place—North Buncombe High School, Weaverville, NC
4th Place—Craggy Correctional Center for Paws on a Mission, Asheville, NC
5th Place—Asheville Humane Society’s Hiking Hounds, Asheville, NC

Terrier Class (Ages 9-12)
1st Place—Jacob Gogel, Belmont, NC
2nd Place—George Gogel, Belmont, NC
3rd Place—The Country Club of Asheville, Asheville, NC
4th Place—Rylan, Haven and Brandt Schanbacher for Animal Compassion Network

Toy Class (Ages 5-8)
1st Place—The Country Club of Asheville, Asheville, NC