Chicago’s oldest and largest private animal welfare organization is gearing up for their annual gala as they shoot to raise funds to benefit the animals they save. The Anti-Cruelty Society will be hosting its 11th Annual It’s Raining Cats and Dogs! benefit on Friday, October 21 from 7 to 11 p.m. at the Palmer House Hilton in Chicago.
Along with raising funds to help support the animals, the event will also feature a live auction that will be raising money for a Humane Education van for the organization. The event will be hosted by NBC5s Andy Avalos and is sponsored by Chopper Trading, Hill’s Science Diet, RCN Cable and CS Magazine.
Unlike some of the other gala’s that benefit animal shelters and rescues, attendees will not be able to bring their own pets to participate in the gala. However, the adoptable cats and dogs from Anti-Cruelty Society are serving as co-hosts and many of those animals will be on hand and available for adoption. There will also be several local media celebrities that will be participating in the Panache Fashion show. The event will feature over 15 chef tastings, complimentary bars and live entertainment from The Ron Harris Music Group.
Some of the chef’s participating include; Amanda Downing and James Gottwald of Rockit Bar & Grill; Emilio Gervilla of Emilios Tapas; Laura Martinez of Charlie Trotter; Eddie Sweeney of Catch 35; Troy Graves of Montarra Grill and a Contributor to The Culinary Canine cookbook; and Mario Rizzotti an Iron Chef America Judge and Academia Barilla’s Culinary Specialist.
Humane Education & Service Learning
The Anti-Cruelty Society has been providing humane education programs in Chicago public and private schools since its early days. Programs are conducted at the Anti-Cruelty Society or on site at schools or community organization. The live auction will raise funds for a Humane Education Van to help the organization continue to provide educational programs in schools, libraries, churches, camp groups and other sites.
Some of the programs offered include pet care, safety, animal-related careers, information on preventing pet overpopulation, anti-dog fighting, the link between animal cruelty and violence and many other topics. The various programs are tailored to be specific for groups ranging in age from toddlers to adults.
Individual tickets for Its Raining Cats and Dogs are $175 in advance or $200 at the door, $700 for a table of four and $1,400 for a table of eight. A corporate table sponsor is available for a cost of $2,000, which includes a table of 8, plus their logo on the table and in the program. Information and tickets are available online and by phone at the events office (312) 645-8006.
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