Get Your Pick of the Litter at the Bulldogs Unleashed Live Auction

Mon July 23, 2018

Press Release Contact: Britta McKenna, Bulldogs Unleashed Marketing Director,; cell (630) 981-1350

Get Your Pick of the Litter at the Bulldogs Unleashed Live Auction
July 20, 2018

(Batavia, IL) - After the summer display of the artistic Bulldogs Unleashedbulldogs in downtown Batavia comes to a close, a live auction of 15 of the big dogs will be held on September 15, 2018, at Shannon Hall, 14 North Van Buren St., Batavia, Ill. The 30-inch fiberglass dogs, all painted by local artists and seal coated by Batavia-based BoyceBody Werks, Inc., are ready for year-round outdoor or indoor display at your home or business! Tickets for the live auction and final Bulldogs Unleashed project celebration are available at , the official website of Bulldogs Unleashed. All 15 dogs that will beavailable at the auction can be viewed at www. . The $65 ticket price includes open bar, live entertainment, and locally catered food and desserts fromFernando’s Street Kitchen, Enticing Cuisine, Ltd., Team FIB BBQ, and Auntie Vee’s. All proceeds from the event will be donated to three local charity partners: Batavia Foundation for Educational Excellence, Batavia Parks Foundation, and the Batavia Public Library Foundation. Doors open at 6 p.m. for previewing all of the bulldogs available at auction. Food and beverages will be served at 6:30 p.m. and the auction will start at 8 p.m.Find the Dogs Around Town or online prior to the auction, view the Bulldogs Unleashed painted dogs at the City of Batavia’s online map at or pick up a printed map, which also lists all Bulldog locations, artists, and sponsors at Batavia City Hall, Batavia Public Library, Batavia Park District (CivicCenter), and Batavia Public School District. Ten 17-inch tabletop foster dogs are also on display at the following businesses: K. HollisJewelers, Funway, Batavia Family Dental, Chapters Coffee House, Beardsgaard Barbers, Urban Style Salon and Spa, All Spoked Up, J DeCarlo Salon and Spa, Kiss the Sky, and TheTea Tree. Raffle tickets can be purchased at any of these locations, Farmers Market BulldogsUnleashed tent (last Saturday in July and August), Windmill City Fest, and on the BulldogsUnleashed website. All ten tabletop dogs will be raffled at the September 15 Auction event, butone need not be present to win. Grab a passport at any of the ten locations, get them allstamped, and enter a free raffle to win a Bulldogs basket. Keep up with Bulldogs Unleashed via Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram as well the website, .# # #

Suggested caption for photo collage: Fifteen 30-inch Bulldogs Unleashed fiberglass dogs will be available at the Sept. 15 Bulldogs Unleashed live auction event, including:(top row, from left) Bulldogs Staying Fit by Nona Perry; Collars and Cents by Jason Larsen;Corn Dog by Joshua Schultz; Everyday Hero by Michelle Bach; Faces by Studio IMSA; (middle row, from left) Field of Dreams by BHS National Art Honor Society; Gone for a Swim by Jenna McKnight; I Will Bark for Those Who Cannot Bark for Themselves by Caly Meyers-Mixa; Piecesof the Puzzle by Michelle Bach; Returning Timbers by Kit Sunderland; (bottom row, from left)Rose Mallow by Brandi Timko; Star-Spangled Dog by Dana Parisi; Super Bulldog by Anne Bakker; Time Traveler by Mark Adams; and Zentangle by Houda Alsafadi. About the FoundationsBatavia Library FoundationThe 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 andoffers 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 educationalofferings. To provide for the continual improvement of library facilities and technologies. To enhanceand enrich opportunities for library staff and services. Batavia Foundation for Educational ExcellenceThe Batavia Foundation for Educational Excellence provides financial and other resources tothe schools for enrichment programs and other projects aimed at enhancing the quality ofeducation and educational opportunities for the students of Batavia Public Schools. Teachergrants and college scholarships are awarded on an annual basis. Batavia Parks FoundationThe Batavia Parks Foundation exists to foster recreation and open space initiatives thatenhance residents' quality of life. This is accomplished through stewardship for open space, parks, facilities, cultural activities, and recreational programs in support of the Batavia ParkDistrict.