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2019 Gentle Giants in the Park and Raffle

2019 represents our eighth annual Gentle Giants in the Park and will be held on Saturday April 27th from 2:30 to 5:00 PM at Pickneyville Park (see Events page for location). Gentle Giants in the Park is GPRA’s big THANK YOU to all our adopters, volunteers and supporters who have made GPRA such a giant success. The event is pure fun and, to our knowledge, is the largest congregation of Great Pyrenees in the history of the world. We are shooting for 200 PYRS and 400+ humans.

We will have great music, food, games, vet consultation and much more and it is all free. We will also have a silent auction, new GPRA T- shirts and other merchandise for sale. In addition, the winner of the GPRA $5,000 raffle will be drawn at 4:30. Every family needs to experience being a part of 200 well behaved polar bears gathered for our famous group picture.

GPRA is an all volunteer non profit and virtually all our funds go toward the medical treatment of our dogs. An example is our recent rescue, Brando, who required significant lifesaving surgeries that will approach $5,000.   We are over 1,500 rescues and our average cost per rescue is more than $1,300.

Please RSVP below the number of humans and PYRs attending: GPRA is asking for your participation in our raffle which will help us continue to rescue almost every PYR regardless of their medical condition, many of which no other organization is willing or able to help.  Your financial support is critical to our success.   There are several ways in which you can help:

  • By committing to sell or purchase $200 worth of raffle tickets.
  • Please share this raffle link with your friends and neighbors.
  • Donate items and/or participate in our Silent Auction.  If you have items to donate please contact us at
  • Donate directly – this has the advantage of being 100% tax deductible.

Tickets can be purchased in one of three methods.

  • Click the Buy Raffle Ticket button on the raffle web page and purchase with a credit card
  • Text the word “Raffle” to (520) 462-6087 and follow the instructions to pay with a credit card
  • Send a check made out to GPRA with your name, email address, phone number and the number of tickets requested to the address below.  A staff member will enter the information into the raffle, and you will receive confirmation of your purchase.  Checks and cash can also be taken in person at the event on April 27th.

Online Raffle tickets will be available to purchase up until the time of drawing. Thank you for being part of our GPRA family and thank you in advance for helping GPRA continue to rescue every PYR in need in the southeast.

Raffle Instructions and Rules and Regulations 

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