a far out party with a purpose
2021 was a year to remember for BISSELL Blocktail. Each year, BISSELL Blocktail Party offers a chance for dogs and their people to party with a purpose at the East Grand Rapids High School track. With the safety of our attendees weighing heavy on our hearts and minds, we made the tough decision to cancel our one-of-a-kind celebration. However, the BISSELL Blocktail Sponsor Party remained.

On June 7, 2021, Blocktail sponsors made miracles happen at the BISSELL Blocktail Sponsor Party, making it our best fundraising event to date. Sponsors and their guests gathered to groove and giveback at the BISSELL Corporate Hangar, raising critical lifesaving funds for pets in shelters and rescues in BPF’s own backyard and across the country. The record-setting proceeds are already helping reduce the number of homeless pets through grants assisting adoption, spay/neuter programs, vaccinations, microchipping, and emergency support.

This year, partygoers enjoyed dinner from award-winning restaurants and grooved to an amazing live performance by the legendary Jefferson Starship. In addition, sponsors had early access to the Blocktail Silent Auction, with several of the most sought-after items closing quickly with “Buy It Now” bids. The auction opened to the public the following day, giving all BPF’s supporters access to one-of-a-kind items and experiences and providing more chances to support pets in need.

The 2021 BISSELL Blocktail Party Blockstar, The Pickle, was featured prominently on the party’s signature IPA (I Prefer Adoption) beer. The 8-year-old Jack Russell Terrier mix brought attention to homeless pets the party supports. Rescued in 2017 after being found outside a local consignment shop by his new owner, Pickle overcame significant health issues and highlights how fate and unconditional love play a role in animal welfare.

The BISSELL Blocktail Party committee extends gratitude to the volunteers, sponsors and donors who made the 2021 event so successful. We are looking forward to partying with you again in 2022. Save the date: The 17th BISSELL Block Party Celebrations on June 6 and 7, 2022.


thank you to our 2021 sponsors!

Our 2021 Blocktail Sponsors

Somebody to Love
Joe & Mariana Parke, Goldman, Sachs & Co. LLC

Find Your Way Back
Fox Subaru

Count on Me
Service Express Inc.
Mimi Cummings

Ride the Tiger
Blue Flame Thinking
Crown Real Estate Partners
Heather and Michael Garbaty
Mike & Marilyn Best

With Your Love
Grand Valley State University

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