The Anti-Cruelty Society to Host Chicago's Chefs at Galleria Marchetti

Top Quote 14th Annual It's Raining Cats & Dogs! Gala/Chef Tasting Raises Funds for Chicago's Animals Most in Need. End Quote
  • Chicago, IL (1888PressRelease) October 10, 2014 - The Anti-Cruelty Society, Chicago's oldest and largest private animal welfare organization-building a community of caring by helping pets and educating people-helps raise funds and awareness by hosting its 14th annual It's Raining Cats & Dogs! benefit on Thursday, October 23 from 6-9:30 p.m. at Galleria Marchetti in Chicago.

    It's Raining Cats & Dogs! is one of The Anti-Cruelty Society's largest annual fundraisers sponsored by Hill's Science Diet, Leopardo Companies, Inc., Dr. Shelly & Paulette Rubin, Printing Arts, and CS Magazine. The event, hosted by NBC5's Andy Avalos, features delectable chef tastings, complimentary bars, music, and of course, adoptable cats and dogs serving as the host committee.

    "The Hill's Food, Shelter & Love (TM) program supports nearly 800 shelters in the U.S. everyday. And we are very proud to support The Anti-Cruelty Society and the great work they do to help pets and enhance animal welfare," said Arnaud Brel, Hill's Senior Product Manager, Shelter & Professional Endorsement.

    Attendees will enjoy mouth-watering dishes from celebrity chefs including Cleetus Friedman of The Fountainhead and The Bar on Buena, Jimmy Bannos Sr. of Heaven on Seven, Mark Sparacino of Prosecco, Brad Alexander of The Goddess and Grocer, and so many more. Additionally, guests will enjoy a wine pull, a $5,000 cash raffle, a silent auction, and a live auction led by Marion Valle that includes a 7-day getaway in Beavercreek, Colorado; a Lake Michigan yacht cruise for 16 people; autographed memorabilia from the Chicago Bears & Chicago White Sox; and a chance for your pet to be featured in our special edition calendar. In an effort to create an even more comfortable living space for our feline residents, this year's reverse auction will fund the updating and renovating of our cat condos.

    Individual tickets are $175 in advance or $200 at the door, $1,200 for a table of four, $1,900 for a table of eight, and $2,500 for a table of 10. Additionally, there are 50 VIP tickets available for $250 where guests will start the evening at 5 p.m. for a private tasting with Chef Cleetus Friedman of The Fountainhead and The Bar on Buena. For information and tickets call the events office (312) 645-8006 or visit

    About The Anti-Cruelty Society
    The Anti-Cruelty Society is Chicago's oldest and largest, private non-profit, open-admission, unlimited stay humane society. With a mission of building a community of caring by helping pets and educating people, its comprehensive programs and services help over 50,000 animals and humans every year and include: adoption, charity veterinary clinic, low or no-cost spay/neuter clinic, cruelty investigations and rescue, humane education, anti-violence after school programs, pet visitation, a free behavior hotline, dog training classes, S.A.F.E. program (short-term accommodations for emergencies), The Bruckner Rehabilitation & Treatment Center, the Virginia Butts Berger Cat Clinic, and the Dog Rehabilitation Center. For more information, visit or call (312) 644-8338.

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