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Fur Ball 2016

Frequently Asked Questions

The 17th Annual Fur Ball is one of Chicago's premier pet-friendly black-tie galas and the most important evening of the year for Chicago's homeless animals.  Hosted at the legendary Drake Hotel, glamorous and compassionate animal lovers and their canine companions will walk the red carpet, enjoy cocktails, dinner, dancing, a dog spa, and live & silent auctions! 

Mark your calendar for the 17th annual Fur Ball!

Guests will enjoy complimentary open bar with alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages throughout the evening in addition to an extravagant dinner buffet. You can also enjoy our photo booths, enter our raffle, bid on some great auction items, and dance the night away! Goody bags will also be given out at the end of the evening that will include treats for you and your pet.  For General Admission tickets, seating is on a first come first serve basis at any table that is not reserved for a sponsor. 

Short answer is NO. Once you purchased a ticket through our website, over the phone or through the mail, your name has been added to our registration list. You do not need to bring any proof of purchase with you to the event. Simply check in at the registration tables when you arrive.  If you plan to purchase multiple tickets online and know your guest’s names, please complete the guest list at the time of purchase.  Otherwise, we will follow up prior to the event to collect your guests’ names so they can be added to the registration list as well.

6:00           Cocktail Hour, Silent Auction Opens
                  French Room, Walton Room
7:15           Grand Ballroom Program & Live Auction
                  Gold Coast Dinner Opens
7:45           Grand Ballroom Dinner Opens
8:15           Gold Coast Program & Live Auction
9:30           After Party Starts
                  French Room
10:00         Silent Auction Closes
10:15         Silent Auction Checkout
                  Walton Room
10:30         Raffle Drawing
                  French Room
11:00         Late Night Food
                  French Room
12:30         Event ends

Although children are allowed at Fur Ball, there will be an open bar serving alcoholic drinks with a majority of our guests being over the age of 21 years old.  We encourage everyone to use their own discretion when it comes to bringing children to the event.

When it comes to pets, we would love for you to bring along your dog to the event. Dogs do require tickets to the event though - you can purchase dog tickets online for $100 per dog. We do ask that dogs that attend the event are well behaved around other dogs, crowds, and music.  The dog ticket includes a dog dinner buffet, the dog spa, and of course all the fun activities and goodies that humans can enjoy as well.

Sponsorship opportunities for this year's event are closed.  If you have any questions about sponsorship opportunities for any PAWS Chicago events, please contact Lauren Buth at 773.843.4887 or lbuth@pawschicago.org.

Silent auction donations are being accepted until Friday, October 28th. If you would like to donate an item, please fill out this form. For more information, contact us at FurBall@pawschicago.org.

We cannot put on our events without the help of volunteers! We do ask that you are an active PAWS Chicago volunteer that has attended an orientation before volunteering. If you would like to start volunteering with us, you can sign up here. For more information about volunteering for this event, please reach out to us at FurBall@pawschicago.org

Tickets for this year's event are sold out and we will NOT be selling tickets at the door.  If you wish to still support the event, you can enter the raffle drawing, bid in the silent auction, or make a donation to the event.  All of these options are available on our main Fur Ball event page at pawschicago.org/furball.  Thank you for your support!

This is a black tie event so please dress accordingly. Guests typically wear long gowns, tuxedos or other nice formal wear. You’re welcome to bring your dog dressed in formal wear as well!

Valet parking is available for Fur Ball guests at the Drake Hotel for a discounted rate of $26.

Even if you are unable to attend the event on Friday, November 18th, there are several ways you can still participate:

  • Enter our raffle! You do not need to be present to win one of our great raffle prizes. For more information and to purchase your tickets, please check out our raffle website! The raffle website will be available in late September.
  • Participate in the silent auction! Supporters not attending the Fur Ball may bid on silent auction items from their smartphone or computer starting two days prior to the event on November 16th until the auction closes at 10:00 p.m. on November 18th. 
  • Make a monetary donation to the event here. Every dollar counts towards saving more lives!




For more information on how you can get involved or to make a donation, contact the Signature Events Team at FurBall@pawschicago.org.

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