silver paws info


presenting sponsor rita and john canning

Join Young at Heart for a fun-filled evening of fundraising and entertainment that ensures Young at Heart can continue its mission to rescue and find loving homes for senior pets in need. The night is sure to hit a home run with dog and cat lovers alike! Join us to give homeless senior pets a second chance!

This very special night is the most important fundraiser of the year for Young at Heart. While you enjoy an elegant evening with baseball flair, you'll be ensuring that Young at Heart can continue its mission to rescue and rehome senior pets. The funds raised during the Silver Paws gala provide comprehensive medical care to rescued senior pets, readying them for adoption and ensuring that all of their health needs are addressed while in Young at Heart's care. The evening also supports our Sanctuary Program, which provides permanent residence to rescued senior pets with complex medical needs.

Last year Silver Paws big-hearted guests raised $130,000 to help homeless senior pets get a second chance. As we prepare to open an adoption center for senior pets later this year, we invite you to be a part of this important event to help provide a brighter future for older dogs and cats in shelters. This night holds so much fun, and so much promise for senior pets that just need a second chance!


If you are interested in donating a silent or live auction item, or are interested in sponsoring this wonderful event, please email or call 847.529.2025. See you on October 21st!

FAQs About the Event

What is the dress code?

The event is cocktail attire. We invite you to add your own baseball flair to add to the Play Ball! theme of the evening.

Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event?

This event is an all-ages event, however there are no discounts for children of any age and they must have a ticket to enter. Attendees must be 21 years of age or older in order to consume alcoholic beverages or purchase any auction items with alcoholic beverages included.

What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?

Marriott Northwest in Hoffman Estates is easily accessible off of I-90 and Route 59. There is free and ample parking.

Do you have hotel rooms available for this event?

Yes! Young at Heart has a block of rooms for Silver Paws, conveniently at the same location as the gala! Kick off your shoes and just head upstairs when the evening is over. Click here by October 7th, 2017 to reserve a room for just $89.

Are my pets allowed at this event?

Though we love animals more than anything, please leave your personal pets at home. They are not allowed inside the venue. You'll have plenty of Young at Heart Ambassadogs to pet!

Can I buy my tickets with a check?

Yes. There is a "Show Other Payment Options" link under the "Order Now" button on the payment page.  Click that and you will be instructed to mail a check.

What forms of payment do you accept for the auction?

Cash, Check, Visa, Mastercard, Discover, American Express are all accepted at the event.

I have special dietary needs - can I still come?

Of course! There is a question on the ticket to choose a special diet and fill in your requirements.  Email after you purchase your ticket(s) if you have questions. We'll make sure you get the meal you need!

I want to sit with my friends, but they are buying their tickets separately.  How do we make sure we sit together?

When you buy your tickets, there is a question asking who you want to sit with. Just list your friends' names there. We will do our best to accommodate all requests!


I want to purchase a table or a ticket for a friend to bring with me, but I don't know all my guests' names and meal choices yet.  Can I purchase them today?

Definitely!  Just type "Guest of" for first name, your last name for last name, and choose "Don't know yet" for meal choice. There will be a link on your confirmation email to log in and manage your tickets.  The link allows you to create an account with Eventbrite if you don't already have one. 

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

You do not need to bring printed tickets to the event. You will check in at the event under your name.

What is the refund policy?

All ticket sales are final. Ticket purchases cannot be refunded. If you are unable to attend the event, you may transfer your ticket to another party that can attend the event. Please just let us know at

Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Email us at or call 847-529-2025 

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