Bulldogs Unleashed Foster Dogs Revealed at Second Fridays in Downtown Batavia

Tue May 15, 2018

Batavia, Illinois- Bulldogs Unleashed, partnering with Batavia MainStreet and the Batavia Chamber of Commerce are excited to welcome the foster dogs to Batavia this Friday. Eight of the ten dogs are available for the public to meet at the Second Fridays event on May 11 from 6-9 p.m.  All ten locations are selling raffle tickets for a chance to win the adorable adoptable for $10 each or 3 chances for $25.  Check to “Batavia Parks Foundation” or cash are accepted at any of the ten locations between May 11 and September 4.  Raffles are also sold at the Flag Day festival on June 10, Farmers’ Markets on June 30, July 28 and August 25, Windmill City Fest and at the September 15 auction event. 

May 11 Second Fridays Downtown Batavia Foster Dog Reveal:  6-9 pm

Batavia Family Dental, 109 S. Batavia Ave: “Liberty” by  Sarah Engel *** GRAND OPENING FROM 5-6 PM

Beardsgaard Barbers, 117 S. Batavia Ave:  “Barbershop Dog” and “Pop Art” by Lindsey Roussel

Kiss the Sky, 180 W. First St: “Artie” and “Rex” by Joseph Gagnepain

The Tea Tree, 29 N. River St:  “(State) Champ” by Sharon Sychta and “Prairie Dog” by Claire Sychta

Urban Style Salon and Spa, 3 E. Wilson St: “Night and Day” by Amanda Pijnappels

Not open for Second Fridays, but stop by starting May 12:

All Spoked Up, 3 Webster St: “Rex” by Joseph Gagnepain

Chapters Coffeehouse, 10 S. Batavia Ave: “Foodie” by Katie Drum

Funway, 1335 S. River Rd: “PopArt Dog” by Lindsey Roussel

J. DeCarlo Salon and Spa, 139 S. Batavia Ave: “Prairie Dog” by Claire Sychta

K. Hollis Jewelers, 147 S. Randall Rd: “Riverwalk Rover” by Rebecca Allen

The 4-month foster dog promotion focuses on the tabletop 17” size bulldog statues with in-store promotions at ten Batavia business locations where the public can purchase raffle tickets to be the “forever owner” of these one-of-a-kind hand painted pups. All foster dogs are being raffled off at the September 15 Bulldogs Unleashed auction with proceeds benefitting Bulldogs Unleashed three partner non-profits: the Batavia Foundation for Educational Excellence, Batavia Library Foundation, and the Batavia Parks Foundation.

Raffle ticket prices are $10 each or 3 for $25.  Tickets are sold at all 10 locations.  You can also visit the Bulldogs Unleashed table at the Batavia Farmers’ Market the last Saturdays in June, July and August to see all the designs, purchase raffle tickets, merchandise and tickets to the September 15 auction event. More information is available online at www.bulldogsunleashed.org or by contacting Britta McKenna at brittawmckenna@gmail.com.         


May 11:  “Foster Dogs” - Batavia 2nd Fridays Arts Walk (participating Foster Dog locations spotlighted from 6-9 pm)

May 11 – Labor Day – Summer Foster Dog Passport Promotion – available at all 10 Foster Dog business locations

June 10:  Flag Day Bulldogs Unleashing – Batavia Riverwalk/Peg Bond Center – 6:30 – 7:30 pm

July 13: “Puppy Show” - 2nd Fridays Arts Walk (Batavia City Hall, Council Chambers,Windmill City Fest 6-9 pm)

August 10: “Dog Walk”  - Batavia 2nd Fridays Arts Walk (map of dogs on streets and foster locations 6-9 pm)

September 15:  Bulldogs Unleashed Auction


WINDMILL CITY FEST TO HOST PUPPY SHOW: All puppy owners are invited to decorate or paint their Bulldogs Unleashed pup and enter it in the Windmill City Fest “Parade of Puppies,” where the decorated puppies are on display during the July festival, eligible to win “Best of Show” awards (under 18 and adult categories).

SOCIAL MEDIA CHANNELS: Keep up with the project via Facebook (BataviaBulldogsUnleashed), Twitter(@BulldogsUn), and Instagram(BulldogsUn) as well the website, www.bulldogsunleashed.org.


Batavia Library Foundation

The Batavia Public Library Foundation is dedicated to supporting the Batavia Public Library as a renowned institution that meets the lifelong learning needs of residents and organizations and offers a place to gather, exchange ideas and participate in cultural events.

The Foundation's goals:

To enhance library collections through direct gifts and/or endowments. To provide for the development and implementation of innovative cultural and educational offerings. To provide for the continual improvement of library facilities and technologies. To enhance and enrich opportunities for library staff and services.

Batavia Foundation for Educational Excellence

The Batavia Foundation for Educational Excellence provides financial and other resources to the schools for enrichment programs and other projects aimed at enhancing the quality of education and educational opportunities for the students of Batavia Public Schools. Teacher grants and college scholarships are awarded on an annual basis.

Batavia Parks Foundation

The Batavia Parks Foundation exists to foster recreation and open space initiatives that enhance residents' quality of life. This is accomplished through stewardship for open space, parks, facilities, cultural activities, and recreational programs in support of the Batavia Park District.