Upcoming events, week of 11/9


Pet-Friendly Black Tie Gala to Raise Funds for Chicago’s Homeless Dogs and Cats

Considered Chicago’s premier pet-friendly black-tie event, the Fur Ball is an annual gala featuring cocktails, dinner, dancing, pet spas and unique auctions (both live and silent). With more than 800 attendees, the Fur Ball is solely focused on raising funds to support PAWS Chicago’s lifesaving operations for homeless pets.


Emceed by ABC 7 News Traffic/Transportation Anchor Roz Varon and Meteorologist Cheryl Scott, the 14th Annual Fur Ball is this Fri., Nov. 13 at the Drake Hotel, one of Chicago’s most iconic destinations.


Founded in 1997, PAWS Chicago has made significant strides in reducing the number of cat and dog euthanizations in the city, but there is still a long way to go. Through the organization’s spay and neuter program, adoption centers and work in under-resourced communities, PAWS Chicago is committed to saving homeless cats and dogs at risk of euthanization.


By supporting the Fur Ball, you are helping to bring PAWS Chicago one step closer to their goal of a No Kill community. Learn more about our charity partner PAWS Chicago here.


SoCal Celebrates, Raises Funds for Historic Non-profit Theatre

Known for more than just its beautiful shoreline, Laguna Beach is one of the most eclectic and artistic communities in the country. In fact, since 1920, Laguna Playhouse has opened its doors to locals and tourists alike to present live performances ranging from theatre to dance, music and comedy.


In celebration of 95 years of live performances at this historic non-profit theater, The Island Hotel in Newport Beach, CA will serve as the site for “A Night at the Coconut Grove” fundraising gala featuring a live and silent auction, dinner and dancing this Sat., Nov. 14. Funds raised during the evening will enable Laguna Playhouse to continue to provide high quality, professional theatrical programming to south Orange County audiences


Serving more than 80,000 patrons each year, Laguna Playhouse is noted for its artistic excellence, wide-ranging performing arts programming, community engagement, and award-winning theatre education for the next generation.


Follow our charity partner, Laguna Playhouse here.


Florida Business Community Raises Funds for Local Charities with Annual Food and Wine Festival

Raising more than one million dollars since its inception, the annual Suncoast Food and Wine Festival is once again ready to prove “Service Above Self” with this Saturday’s (Nov. 14) fundraising event at the beautiful Sarasota Polo Grounds. Organized and hosted by The Rotary Club of Lakewood Ranch, the event will feature live entertainment and a silent auction in addition to food and wine from more than 25 local restaurants including Café Gabbiano, Ophelia’s on the Bay and Mar Vista Dockside Restaurant.


Established in 2001, The Rotary Club of Lakewood Ranch has grown to 70 members from the business community and is committed to raising funds for local charities in Manatee and Sarasota Counties.


Each year more than 85 percent of the net proceeds from the Suncoast Food and Wine Festival are donated to area charities with the balance donated to Rotary International projects including Polio Plus (dedicated to eradicating polio from the world), and clean water projects.


Click here for more information about our charity partner Lakewood Ranch Rotary Club.