Kane County Cougars fans are encouraged to bring their dogs to Northwestern Medicine Field in Geneva on July 26 for the baseball game and “Bark in the Park” activities, which raise money for local veteran charities . The Cougars will face the Lake County Dock Hounds of Oconomowoc, Wisc.
London magician Martin Rees, five-time Guinness World Records holder, will perform a variety of tricks, according to a press release. Rees and WGN Radio “Pet World” host Steve Dale will serve as emcees.
In addition to “Bark in the Park,” the Kane County Cougars Baseball Foundation and Robust Promotions will attempt to break a world record for the largest dog wedding on October 2. The goal is to marry 1,000 dogs in the “Diamond in the Ruff” event, the statement said.
Both events are fundraisers for K9s For Warriors and 12 other service animal organizations and local pet adoption groups.
K9s For Warriors is the nation’s largest provider of trained service dogs for military veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury, and/or military sexual trauma.
Cougars owner and CEO Dr. Bob Froehlich said in the statement that “Bark in the Park” and “Diamonds in the Ruff” are a perfect fit for the organization.
“We’re a bit quirky and always push marketing boundaries, so hosting a massive dog wedding is only natural,” Froehlich said. “Our foundation gives back to the community more than $1 million a year in cash and in-kind donations. One of our main areas of focus has always been veterans and serving military. In many ways, our organization was made for this event.
Stephanie Vogt, community relations manager at K9s For Warriors, said in the statement that service dogs help veterans “return to a life of dignity and independence.”
“We couldn’t be more excited to be a part of this tremendous endeavor,” Vogt said. “Diamonds in the Ruff will allow us to continue to improve the lives of veterans and give rescue dogs new purpose.”