Come Strut for Strays through Skokie’s Northshore Sculpture Park on Saturday, May 11

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Community Animal Rescue Effort (C.A.R.E.™ )
Janice Cha
C.A.R.E. Publicity Director

Come Strut for Strays through Skokie’s NorthShore Sculpture Park on Saturday, May 11

April 4, 2019 / Skokie, Ill. – A parade of animal-lovers and canine friends will be wending their way through Skokie’s Northshore Sculpture Park on Saturday, May 11, 2019—all to raise funds to support Community Animal Rescue Effort, an all-volunteer, nonprofit organization that has been matching pets with people since 1987.

It will be the 24th year that two- and four-legged friends come out for C.A.R.E.’s annual Strut for Strays. Many are veterans. But each year, newcomers join in the fun—getting fresh air, a little exercise on the 21⁄2-mile trail and great up-close-and-personal views of dog breeds and hybrids of just about every size, shape and color.

Actor Christian Stolte, from the popular NBC drama “Chicago Fire,” will once again serve as Strut’s grand marshal and get everyone started from our launching point, Evanston Subaru in Skokie, 3340 Oakton Street, Skokie. New this year, every registered Strutter will receive a T-shirt designed by nationally known artist Jay Ryan of The Bird Machine. (Jay, by the way, is the man behind the beautiful mural in our new Adoption Center).

If you want to meet some wonderful pups, stop in at the registration/launching pad from 8:45 to 9:30 am. It’s an amazing time for checking out the dogs and getting some really cool photos. You’ll also find refreshments, a variety of vendors, a chance to win great prizes in our 50- 50 raffle, event photographer Mark Carlson and Mark Wilder of WilderPix Photography.

And when the Strut is done, the fun continues. We’ll be gathering for an after-party at Village Inn, 8050 Lincoln Ave, Skokie, for eats, drinks and more good times (that’s doggies, too, if you dine on the patio). Details to come.

With the opening of our new Adoption Center at 4927 Main St., Skokie, in the summer of 2018, C.A.R.E.TM now offers a combined adoption center-and-foster home model to better serve the needs of homeless dogs and cats, as well as potential adopters and the community.

Strut for Strays is co-sponsored by Evanston Subaru in Skokie, Bill’s Heating and Air Conditioning, Bill’s Plumbing and Sewer Inc., Dog Obedience Group, Evanston Lumber, Lifeway Foods, Northshore Automotive, Old Orchard Smiles – Toni Ellis Wolf DDS, Organic Roots Eco Salon, Pet Supplies Plus Evanston, The Pony Shop, Remred Business Class Promotional Products, Riley Construction, Simple Machines Marketing, Village Inn and WilderPix Photography.

Please help us spread the word about this unique event. The more strutters, the merrier—and the more funds we can raise for C.A.R.E. to continue to care for dogs and cats and find them forever homes. Our 501(c)(3) organization serves the North Shore communities of Skokie, Evanston, Wilmette, Winnetka, Kenilworth, Glenview, Northfield, Northbrook, Niles and Morton Grove, as well as the North Side of Chicago. And we are proud to have earned a GuideStar Gold Seal of Transparency, which verifies that funds donated to us go where the donors intended.

Strut for Strays
Saturday, May 11

Who: Animal lovers and dogs of all stripes
What: Walk to raise funds for the all-volunteer, nonprofit Community Animal Rescue Effort (C.A.R.E.).
Date: Saturday, May 11 (rain or shine)
Registration time: 8:45–9:15 am, Strut start time: 9:30 am Registration: $40, in advance at; $45, day of event
Strut launch: Evanston Subaru in Skokie, 3340 Oakton St., Skokie (parking is available in the back parking lot; follow signs)