Better Makers: PAWS Chicago Fur Ball Raises $1.2 Million

Danielle DeCamp and Sebastian (Photo by Stephen Lotho.)

Since PAWS Chicago was founded in 1997, the number of homeless pets killed in the city has been reduced by 87 percent. Now one of the largest No Kill shelters in the country, and one that has received Charity Navigator’s highest 4-star ranking for 16 years in a row, PAWS Chicago found homes for 5,371 dogs and cats in 2017.

On Nov. 9, more than 800 guests and their pets enjoyed an evening of dining and dancing at the organization’s 17th Annual Fur Ball at The Drake Hotel. The event raised approximately $1.2 million, which will benefit PAWS Chicago’s adoption and subsidized spay/neuter programs and the goal of making Chicago a No Kill city.

The 17th Annual Fur Ball was co-chaired by Melissa and Michael Canning and Jessica and Tim Canning. The honorary co-chair was Stephanie F. Harris. The event was emceed by FOX 32’s Lou Canellis, Jake Hamilton, Kaitlin Cody, and Shae Peppler and BIG 95.5’s Lisa Dent. Presenting sponsors included A. Marek Fine Jewelry, Workstorm, and The Drake Hotel.

If you would like to support the work of PAWS Chicago, give now and your donation will be tripled this holiday season.

PAWS Chicago Fur Ball: Co-Chairs Tim & Jessica Canning and Melissa & Michael Canning

2018 Fur Ball Co-Chairs Tim & Jessica Canning and Melissa & Michael Canning (Photo by Sparenga Photography.)

PAWS Chicago Fur Ball: Billy Corgan

Smashing Pumpkins’ Billy Corgan and son Augustus Corgan (Photo by Sparenga Photography.)

PAWS Chicago Fur Ball: Barbara Liss, Amy & Brad Bohmer

Merrick Pet Care Sponsors Barbara Liss and Amy & Brad Bohmer (Photo by Claire Demos.)

PAWS Chicago Fur Ball: Nicole Brown, Corey Marchetti, Jennifer Catania, and JP Marchetti

Nicole Brown, Corey Marchetti, Jennifer Catania, and JP Marchetti (Photo by Sparenga Photography.)

PAWS Chicago Fur Ball: Angie DeMars and Geoff Atlas

Angie DeMars (owner of Noah’s Ark Pet Supplies in Wilmette) and Geoff Atlas with dog Joanie (Photo by Stephen Lotho.)

PAWS Chicago Fur Ball: Michelle Wilson and Joseph Catella

Michelle Wilson and Joseph Catella with dog Wilco (Photo by Stephen Lotho.)

 

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Anna Carlson writes the weekly Weekend 101 column and monthly Recommended Events. A graduate of the University of Missouri, her work has been published in Chicago Parent, Inside Columbia Magazine, and Central California Parent Magazine. She is a proud supporter of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

 

 

 

 

 

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