On Saturday, September 25th, we will be making headline news near and far. That is the day of our Paws & Claws in the Park event, which is also our Guinness World Records' Official Attempt in the category of Largest Dog Wedding Ceremony.
Meantime, buzz is building both on the grassroots level as well as in the media--take, for example, this past Sunday's Daily Herald coverage. As reporter Scott C. Morgan noted in the story, this event is not for Villa Park residents only, or DuPage County residents only. It's for anyone and everyone who chooses to come join us.
An excerpt from the story:
"It is not just about Villa Park. This is for all of DuPage and all of the surrounding areas," said F.U.N. commission member Tracy Gabriel at the meeting. "Anybody that has a dog."
Because the Daily Herald has six zoned editions, stories appear in some zones, but not others, or in different ways across the various geographic scope of the foremost suburban Chicago paper.
In our case, that meant at least three different layouts, with a mix of photographs as well as headlines: "One for the History Books" and "Puppy Love." In the photo with this story to the left, you can see our fearless leader, The Dogmother of Villa Park herself, Leslie Allison-Seei, along with other F.U.N. Commission members. Here's the caption:
Villa Park Community F.U.N. (Focus on Unifying Neighbors) Commission members, from left, are Kathy Halloran (with Duke Dunkin O’Halloran), Eliza Diederich (with “The Brack Man”), Mary Hintze & "The Dogmother of Villa Park," Leslie Allison-Seei (with Boo).
Here on Monday, the second-to-last day of these dog days of August, the countdown is at 26 days before this festive, fun occasion. Won't you join us in this headline- and history-making adventure? All registration fees will go to the animal rescue groups at the event -- register your pooch here!