Better Makers: $1.6 Million Raised at the 14th Annual PAWS Fur Ball

On Friday, Nov. 13, 700 people gathered in support of PAWS Chicago at their annual Fur Ball. The event was able to raise $1.6 million, which “will be used to continue to expand PAWS Chicago’s solutions-based programs and services that have greatly contributed to reducing the killing of homeless pets in Chicago by 77 percent since the organization’s founding.”

Co-Chaired by Chicago North Shore natives Melissa and Michael Canning and Coery and J.P. Marchetti, the event presented an exciting live auction that raised $249,500, which ended in a bidding war for a Tuscan Villa Getaway. Other auction items included a private dinner with former Chicago Bears Coach Mike Ditka, a South African Safari, and the opportunity to have your pet featured on the cover of the PAWS Desktop Calendar for 2017. In addition, the “Bid to Save Lives” paddle raise brought in significant donations to offset costs of vaccinations and surgeries for pets in need. As co-chair Corey Marchetti expressed, the record breaking evening was “truly incredible.”

Fur Ball Grand Ballroom Emcee ABC 7’s Meteorologist Cheryl Scott with her dog Lola, Photo by Fotio
ABC 7’s Meteorologist Cheryl Scott, Fur Ball Grand Ballroom Emcee, with her dog, Lola. (Photo by Fotio.)
Barbara & Richard Rinella (Kenilworth) with dog Spencer, Photo by Sparenga Photography
Barbara and Richard Rinella (Kenilworth) with dog Spencer. (Photo by Sparenga Photography.)
Presenting Sponsors Barbara Bradford & Robert Sherman (North Barrington) of A. Marek Fine Jewelry, Photo by Jonny Blackstone Productions
Presenting sponsors Barbara Bradford and Robert Sherman (North Barrington) of A. Marek Fine Jewelry. (Photo by Jonny Blackstone Productions.)
David Sutton & Mary Beth Schaye (Evanston), Photo by Sparenga Photography
David Sutton and Mary Beth Schaye (Evanston) (Photo by Sparenga Photography.)
Glenn L. Felner & Bonnie Davis (Glencoe), Photo by Sparenga Photography
Glenn L. Felner and Bonnie Davis (Glencoe) (Photo by Sparenga Photography.)
PAWS Chicago Founder Paula Fasseas (Chicago) with Jake & Stephanie Henry (Kenilworth), Photo by Sparenga Photography
PAWS Chicago Founder Paula Fasseas (Chicago) with Jake and Stephanie Henry (Kenilworth) (Photo by Sparenga Photography.)


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