Published on Wednesday, 02 May 2012 14:15
This Saturday morning, May 5th, will be the 18th Annual "Bark in the Park," a yearly tradition created to raise funds and awareness for The Anti-Cruelty Society's programs and services. Over 3,000 people, most joined by their canine companions, are expected to attend at this year's event, which takes place at Chicago's Montrose Harbor and the surrounding park area.
The centerpiece of the "Bark in the Park" event is a 5K (3.2 miles) walk, which begins at 9:00am. Plenty of other festivities will take place, including the K9 agility course, fly-ball demonstrations, Animal Intuitive Denise Zak, exhibits, a family (and doggie) fun tent, free product samples from the sponsor tables, souvenir photos, raffles, and much more.
A few Chicago radio and television stars will be on hand for the event. Donating their time as emcees once again will be WLS-TV's Roz Varon and Hosea Sanders. WLS-TV remains as a longtime sponsor of this charity event.)
Also serving as co-host is WBBM-AM/Metro Traffic's Bart Shore. Additionally, this year, the event's director has asked Bart Shore to use his talents as a DJ (shown daily as the host of the popular Time Warp Radio
podcast) and provide the music for the event. Shore will be adding his own special blend of tunes for the participants before and after the walk. There could even be the voices of Larry Lujack & Tommy Edwards briefly heard as their new Animal Stories PSA's
may be played through the speakers.
WLFM-LP's now former
Program Director and midday personality Rick O'Dell will be on hand, helping out throughout the morning, as well. You can find him dishin' up treats at the hospitality area Saturday. O'Dell is a board member for the Anti-Cruelty Society.
WGN-AM contributor and local pet expert Steve Dale is not able to make it this year, due to previous commitments. However, Steve Dale did a new WGN Radio Petcast last weekend where he speaks with Nadine Walmsley, the Vice President of Development and Public Relations for The Anti-Cruelty Society, about this year's "Bark in the Park." It can be heard HERE
The Anti-Cruelty Society is Chicago's oldest and largest animal welfare organization. Over the past 17 years, Bark in the Park's supporters -- both the two and four-legged kind -- have raised over $3.2 million for Chicago's Anti-Cruelty Society. Those who wish to participate, donate, or just find out more information, can do so at BarkInThePark.org