for a Cause
Annual Panting for Paws 5K Run/Walk and 1 Mile Fun Run was a great
success. A total of 326 Runners registered for the 5K, which took
place at 9 am on November 2 at Lippold Park on a sunny but chilly
morning. The event raised over $16,000 for Helping Paws and we
can’t thank everyone enough for their support.
Top Male Winner was
Dan Palmer from Roscoe, IL and Top Female was Jennifer Wickersty
from Crystal Lake. I would like to give a special shout out to
Tommy Nitz of Lake in the Hills, age 7, competing again adult
runners and finishing 29th! Way to go Tommy.
We would also like
to thank all of our sponsors and ask that you please frequent their
businesses. Our vendors: Buddy’s Dog House, The Running Depot,
Crystal Lake Family Wellness, Quiglees and Sweaters-n-Sweets.
Everyone who donated baskets and basket raffle items, collected
additional donations (thank you Grace Baran, age 10, who ran a
lemonade stand so she could donate $30 to the race)
and all the volunteers
Helping Paws, who tirelessly set up, managed, showed some of our
adoptable dogs and stayed to cleaned up after the event.
you everyone for making the 15th annual Paws in the Park one to
put in the record books! Our cats and dogs are wagging their tails
and so happy to receive such wonderful support from the community!
Well, everything has been tallied and we are happy to report that
Paws in the Park Walk & Pet Fest had another successful year! Over
$13,000 was raised and 103 individual registrations this year,
making it the best attended event yet! About 20 of those
registrations had multiple dogs and we had probably over 200 people
in attendance at Emricson Park in Woodstock.
Part of the mission of the
Paws in the Park event is to have participants reach out to others
and ask for additional donations to help the shelter. We are proud
to announce that the 'Top Dog’ for 2014 is Polaris Armbrecht with
her guardian Kim, raising $263 to help the animals. Thank you
Polaris and Kim!
We'd also like to thank all
of our sponsors and vendors who came out for the day to share their
knowledge and products/services with everyone. A special thanks
to...Robin and Elizabeth Bengston from Robin’s Dog Stars and their
dogs, Cedar and Slater for the wonderful dog tricks demonstration;
Chaplain Randy Wakitsch who graciously did all the Pet Blessings,
all who donated baskets, gift certificates and items to our raffle
(our best one yet!) and all the volunteers, from Helping Paws and
students from McHenry West HS Key Club, who tirelessly set up,
managed and broke down the event.