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September Networking Luncheon featuring Paula Fasseas, Founder, PAWS Chicago
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September Networking Luncheon featuring Paula Fasseas, Founder, PAWS Chicago

When: Wednesday, September 11, 2019
11:30 am - 1:30 pm
Where: Union League Club of Chicago
65 West Jackson Blvd.
Chicago, Illinois  60606
United States
Contact: PWCC Office

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Advanced registration for this event is closed.  There are a LIMITED number of tickets available for this luncheon.  If you would like to purchase a ticket, please call the PWCC Office at (312) 263-1808.

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"The Power of Passion and Its Impact on Effecting Change"
Paula Fasseas, Founder, PAWS Chicago

Join PWCC as we kick off our 21st season with a fantastic speaker and a Chicago icon.  

Paula Fasseas founded PAWS Chicago in 1997 and has since built the organization into a national model for No Kill animal welfare. PAWS Chicago began as an all-volunteer, grassroots organization and has grown into a dynamic and innovative nonprofit with a well-earned reputation for evidence-based results

Using her prior business experience, Paula developed a blended strategy to raise public awareness about the staggering number of pets killed in silence at traditional shelters and to offer practical solutions to address the plight of homeless animals. Since PAWS Chicago’s founding, the number of homeless pets killed in the city has declined by 91% - down from a high of 42,000+ pets euthanized in 1997. 

Today, PAWS Chicago includes state-of-the-art adoption centers in Chicago and Highland Park that find homes for nearly 5,500 pets annually; the Lurie Spay/Neuter Clinic and the GusMobile, that spay and neuter nearly 17,000 pets each year for low-income families, preventing thousands of future homeless pets; a dedicated volunteer force more than 5,000 strong; and a cutting edge shelter medicine and behavior program that improves how animals are treated and cared for in shelters.

PAWS Chicago’s reach extends well beyond the city limits. The organization is an educational hub for smaller shelters across the country. The staff and volunteers at PAWS Chicago work diligently to assist like-minded organizations improve their business practices, volunteer management, and community engagement strategies.  

PAWS Chicago received national acclaim after Oprah Winfrey featured Paula on her television show and chose to adopt her last three pets through PAWS. Paula has also been featured on The Steve Harvey Show and NBC’s morning show, Today Show co-host Hoda Kotb adopted Blake, a homeless dog from PAWS Chicago, and along with co-host Kathie Lee Gifford, recognized Paula as an “Amazing Woman.”

Paula was the Vice Chairman of the Metropolitan Bank Group, the largest privately held bank group in Illinois, which she co-founded with her husband in 1978. She holds an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago. In 2007, Paula was named Chicagoan of the Year by Chicago Magazine and in 2012 Paula received the Humanitarian Award from the Anti-Defamation League.

Let Paula’s passion propel you into another great PWCC season, beginning with the September 11 luncheon. Register today!

Braised Chicken and Garlic
Three Cheese Cannelloni, Chive Salad
Lemon Scented Broccoli

Vegetarian Option:
paghetti Squash “Spaghetti” (GF)
Roasted Red Peppers, Roasted Zucchini
Marinara Sauce, Sautéed Spinach

Peaches and Cream (GF)(N)
Almond, White Chocolate

These Entrees do not contain Pork, Nuts or Shellfish