Nearly 400 animal lovers and their canine companions came together to celebrate PAWS Chicago's 8th annual Animal Magnetism event held recently at Galleria Marchetti. Governor Pat Quinn, a noted animal lover, was guest of honor at the fundraiser and received an award for his leadership in animal welfare through his advocacy and legislative reform.
This dog-friendly evening included something for everyone! Guests mingled with dozens of adoptable PAWS dogs and cats while sizing up fabulous silent and live auction items that included a behind-the-scenes experience on HGTV's "Kitchen Crashers", a Sundance Film Festival 2015 Package and a five night stay in St. Maarten. A fund-a-need paddle raise brought in an extra $20K in donations.
Guests had caricature portraits drawn by Darick Maasen and pet readings through animal communicator Alicia Halloran. The evening also included an open bar, dinner and dancing, as well as a full menu of desserts provided by More Cupcakes. Lucky pups in attendance indulged in a doggie buffet and "pupcakes" from Swirlz.
"It's inspiring to see so many people who are passionate about helping Chicago's homeless animals," said PAWS Chicago founder and chair, Paula Fasseas. "It's through their support at events like Animal Magnetism and support from our animal-loving community that PAWS Chicago is able to continue our life-saving work."
In total, more than $130,000 was raised making this year's event the most successful to date. All proceeds go directly to saving the lives of Chicago's homeless animals through the work at PAWS Chicago.
The event was emceed by Brotha' Fred (103.5 KISS-FM) and Alison Victoria (HGTV Network) and co-chaired by PAWS Chicago Professional Board members Courtney and Eric Weiler. (For more info, click here).
I love the work this organization does, one of our pups is from PAWS Chicago! If you're looking for a four-pawed friend, this is the place! (Photos by Sparenga Photography).
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