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Fundraiser aims to break record for largest dog wedding

The Kane County Cougars Baseball Foundation and Villa Park-based Robust Promotions are hoping to set a Guinness World Record Sunday by staging the largest dog wedding ceremony at Northwestern Medicine Field in Geneva.

Officials are trying to smash the present record set by Jill Kobe, who married 178 pairs of canine in Littleton, Colorado, in 2007.

Willowbrook resident Bob Froehlich, proprietor and CEO of the Kane County Cougars, mentioned the wedding occasion will function a fundraiser for varied service animal organizations and pet adoption teams and that the wedding occasion “is really about the cause.”

“Our foundation annually gives back about $1 million to the community and one of our key focuses has always been the military. When Robust promotions reached out to us and said we wanted to do this kind of quirky event but the real purpose is to raise funds for ‘K9s for Warriors’ – it was just a perfect fit for us,” mentioned Froehlich. “Minor league baseball is kind of a quirky goofy sport – kids run the bases after the game, parents run the bases – it’s more about the fireworks than the ball club. When this serious cause to raise money came up – we just thought it was a perfect marriage.”

Froehlich mentioned almost 400 canine are hopefully going to be introduced to the stadium so as the break the present record, which stands at 356 and that he wasn’t involved about managing so many animals on the sphere.

“They (the dogs) will all be cordoned off in 50-yard by 50-yard spaces with two handlers in each area, and the dogs will also be organized by size,” Froelich mentioned. “Guinness has an unbelievable amount of requirements to ensure the safety and security of the dogs. They have to be checked by a vet first before allowed in the stadium. This is very organized and orchestrated and there will be no issues with the dogs – that’s why they wanted to have it in a baseball stadium so you have the field to work within. We’re actually on 38-acres.”

Sunday’s “Diamonds in the Ruff — the Largest Dog Wedding Ceremony“ aims to help save the lives of rescue dogs and U.S. veterans all while making an official attempt to break a world record,” in accordance to the occasion web site.

London-based magician Martin Rees, a five-time Guinness World Record titleholder, will function an emcee for the occasion happening at Northwestern Medicine Field, 34W002 Cherry Lane in Geneva, in accordance to a press launch from the Cougars.

Rees may also officiate the vows with an ordained canine minister – a dog named Reverend Henry Cleotis Farnsworth III.

Gates and registration opens at 8 a.m. Before the ceremony, Froehlich mentioned “there will be face painting for kids, balloon artists, magicians and music.”

“The actual ceremony starts at noon and it will probably be about 20-minutes,” he mentioned. “We’ll be there until 2 p.m. because there will be goat milk toast for all the dogs and there will be food and beverages trucks there for guests. It’s kind of like an all-day family event around dogs.”

Organizers hope to elevate $100,000 for K9s for Warriors and 12 different service animal organizations and native pet adoption teams. K9s for Warriors, which can obtain 50 p.c of the registration proceeds, gives educated service canine to army veterans affected by post-traumatic stress dysfunction, traumatic brain harm or army sexual trauma.

Other taking part teams embrace Greater Chicago Cage Bird Society, New Start Dog Rescue of Illinois, Rover Rescue, Tiny N Tall Rescue, Underdog Railway Rescue, Kane County Animal Control, V.E.T. Service Dogs NFP, Paws 4 U 4 Ever, Border Tails Rescue, Almost Home Foundation, Players for Pits and DuPage County Animal Services. To register your dog, go to www.largestdogwedding.com/#petRegistrationAnchor. Cost is $25.

David Sharos is a contract reporter for the Beacon-News.

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