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”!
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!