CARE Center fundraiser set

CARE Center fundraiser set

Editor's note: This event has been postponed until March 2014.

URBANA — The Companion Animal Resource and Education Center will have its annual fundraiser event Aug. 3 at the Hendrick House.

"CARE for a Taste?" will be from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. and feature a tasting of locally grown food paired with Napa Valley wines. There also will be a silent auction of unique items, many from local artisans. Complimentary non-alcoholic beverages will be served in addition to wine.

And those attending may tour the rooftop garden at Hendrick House, 904 W. Green St., U.

"We hope the public will come enjoy a fun evening while helping people and their animal companions in need," CARE Center president Susan Helmink said. "Proceeds from this fundraiser are critical to maintaining the Helping Paw Fund."

The fund provides financial assistance to individuals and families in East Central Illinois to help them care for companion animals in times of crisis or financial instability. The goal is to keep pets healthy and prevent their relinquishment to shelters.

Since 2007, the CARE Center has given more than $23,000 to help more than 135 animals. Cats and dogs are most commonly assisted, along with other companions such as rabbits and guinea pigs.

The fund helps support routine veterinary care such as spay/neuter surgery and vaccinations, as well as diagnostics and treatment for illness and injury. Assistance is also provided for behavior consultations.

The Helping Paw Fund relies entirely upon donations.

The CARE Center, founded in 2004, provides education and resources to foster a mutually supportive bond between companion animals and people. The center is a federally tax-exempt not-for-profit corporation.

Tickets for the fundraiser are $40 per person. Ticket-holders will be entered into a drawing to win a Shaker-style counter stool from Sweitzer & Sweitzer.

Reservations will be accepted through July 24. For more information and to register, visit For more information about the event or CARE Center, call 417-3160 or email

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