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Megan Davison is the Chicago Editor for Miss A. She is a 23 year old living on the south side of Chicago. Megan recently moved to Chicago from the East Coast after having graduated from The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. in May 2012. During her time in D.C. she received her bachelor’s in Anthropology and Women’s Studies. Megan is currently serving as a Lasallian Volunteer, working in fundraising and communications for the Christian Brothers of the Midwest. She lives in community with 8 Christian Brothers and two volunteers. Megan loves coaching and tutoring the students of San Miguel Middle School in Back of the Yards.

Currently, Megan writes and explores the city of Chicago as much as she can! She has found that the best way to do that is running! Whether it’s up Michigan Avenue towards the Loop, over to Bridgeport, or down to the lakefront; running is the best way to take in the city and get a little workout in. Megan loves thrift shopping all over the city and scoring new finds at unique stores. While she has enjoyed deep-dish pizza, she still loves her thin crust! She loves coffee, reading the personal journal section of The Wall Street Journal.

Recap: Big Night To Benefit Friends Of Chicago Animal Care And Control

Jim Rose, Jackie Shen, and Lakesha Rose (Photo Credit: Josh Feeney Photography)

Jim Rose, Jackie Shen, and Lakesha Rose (Photo Credit: Josh Feeney Photography)

On Thursday, September 27, Friends of Chicago Animal Care & Control gathered for Big Night at the beautiful Chicago Cultural Center. Friends of Chicago Animal Care & Control (FCACC) have hosted Big Night for nine years. Big Night was started by Jackie Shen, Owner and Head Chef of The Stray Dog. FCACC helps save the lives of  over 23,000 animals that come into custody each year.

Big Night was created to help raise money for Chicago’s neediest animals. Through FCACC, individuals are able to foster stray pets and adopt animals who need good homes. Guests were able to bid on auction items that were themed appropriately for pets-such as “Well Groomed” and “Sit, Stay & Play”!

Auction Table at Big Night (Photo Credit:Megan Davison)

Auction Table at Big Night (Photo Credit:Megan Davison)

In addition to  having the event in one of Chicago’s most iconic buildings, complete with a beautiful mosaic Tiffany dome, 15 restaurants came out and impressed with tasty bites from all over the city! Jackie Shen of Stray Dog  and the founder of Big Night, was serving a kale salad with spicy lemon vinaigrette, native Michigan cranberries, almonds, and Parmesan cheese. Fat Cat was serving drunken mushroom sliders. Ay Chiwowa served chips with two types of delicious guacamole and salsa. RL was serving Crab Louie. Other restaurant partners serving up equally appetizing dishes were Wishbone, Mana Food Bar, and Tin Fish. Music was provided by violinist Katarina Visneska. 

Guests were also invited to “Save a Life Tonight.” “Save a Life Tonight” was a request for funds to support an individual animal in need. Each table had animals’ pictures on them and  “bids” are asked of the audience–and each offer was collected on the spot, directly helping an animal in need. Volunteers of the event were also walking around with some cute cats and dogs! At the end of the event, over $92,000 was raised to support Chicago’s neediest pets and over 400 attended!

A great event to support Chicago’s neediest animals. Be sure to check out FCACC’s Facebook to learn about pets that you can adopt or foster today!


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