Weekend Journal: Help Animals at the 10th Annual Walk of Love & PAWS Chicago Beach Party!

FIRST GUEST: Pam Kitts, Chair of Heartland Animal Shelter’s 10th Annual Walk of Love

Heartland is celebrating a decade of walking for homeless animals during their 10th annual Walk of Love! Join them for a leisurely, dog-friendly 2k walk on Saturday, July 16th at the Blue Star Memorial Forest Preserve in Glenview (701 E. Lake Avenue). Registration begins at 8:45 a.m., and the walk starts at 9:30 a.m.

Walkers will enjoy breakfast, shopping among their vendors, t-shirt, and of course… pooches! Doggies will get to splash around in the puppy pools. And professional photographers will be there to capture all the fluffy cuteness.

Register for the 10th annual Walk of Love at heartlandanimalshelter.net

Register for the 10th annual Walk of Love at heartlandanimalshelter.net

Register in advance at heartlandanimalshelter.net for just $25.00! Or register the day of for only $30.00. Children 3 to 12 years old are $15.00 in advance, and $20.00 day of. Kids under 3 are free. Want to bring the whole family? Save when you register in advance together (up to 4 members) for $75.00, or $80.00 the day of.

Folks who raise $125.00 or more in donations will receive FREE admission to the Walk of Love! So gather donations from friends, family members, or co-workers. It’s amazing how quickly small contributions can add up! Or, join Team Furry Love online, and have your friends make donations online. Simple and easy!

The money raised benefits the dogs and cats at Heartland. There are medical needs, spay and neuter costs, vaccinations, food, and other supplies that are needed, which YOU are providing just by walking!

Heartland Animal Shelter is located at 2175 Milwaukee Avenue in Northbrook. Take a look at their available cats, including Mabell (below) at heartlandanimalshelter.net.

Mabell, 6 year old female, Heartland Animal Shelter, Northbrook

Mabell, 6 year old female, Heartland Animal Shelter, Northbrook

Learn more about Heartland Animal Shelter by watching this video.

SECOND GUEST: Lauren Buth, PAWS Chicago Director of Signature Events and Community Development

Get ready for the 14th annual PAWS Chicago Beach Party!

Once again, this year’s Beach Party will be held at Castaway’s on North Avenue Beach (1603 N. Lake Shore Drive in Chicago). Mark your calendar for Thursday, July 14th. The party starts at 6:00 PM, and goes until 10:30!

Our very own Lisa Dent will once again emcee the dog-friendly event that raises money to save homeless animals. And you’ll have fun in the process! Check out all the perks of the PAWS Chicago Beach Party:

  • beachfront dinner buffet
  • refreshing cocktails
  • music and dancing
  • great raffle prizes including a new car and wine tastings
  • silent and live auctions where you can bid on Blackhawks tickets, Billy Joel tickets for his show at Wrigley, trips to Sonoma wine country, Sundance Film Festival tickets, meet and greet with Jimmy Buffet, and more!
  • photo booth
  • caricaturist

And dogs will have a great night, too!

  • dog dinner buffet
  • doggie ice cream
  • pawdicures at the Paradise 4 Paws Dog Spa

PAWS beach party collage 2

Photos by Sparenga Photography courtesy of PAWS Chicago


Save $25.00 on your admission right now when you email beachparty@pawschicago.org with the title “US99” in the subject line!

Get all the info on individual tickets, group tickets, and dog tickets at pawschicago.org/beachparty.

THIRD GUEST: Joel Feinberg, Universole Sole

What’s better than running a 5K? How about running a 5K on Soldier Field and then devouring burgers and beer afterward?

That’s what’s on the agenda for Monday, July 18th at the 5th annual Burgers & Beer 5K Run presented by Shake Shack! All runners will receive a custom church key bottle opener, a complimentary brew from Begyle’s Brewing, and will have plenty of burger options (including vegan options) from Shake Shack!

Registration begins at 5:00 PM and the race starts at 7:00 PM. Head to universalsole.com to get registered!

Proceeds benefit Girls in the Game, a leading health and fitness organization for girls in Chicago since 1995. They provide and promote sports and fitness opportunities, nutrition and health education, and leadership development to enhance their overall health and well-being. Learn more at girlsinthegame.org.

Weekend Journal airs Sunday mornings at 6:30 on US99.5 and 6:00 on US99.5 HD2 The Wolf.

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