The Oak Forest community proved it's not too ruff to show its support for a dog park.
Volunteers served dinner and raffled off prizes throughout the night at the Oak Forest Community Center. For a $10 ticket, guests received: salad, all-you-can-eat pasta, garlic bread, dessert and soft drinks or water.
The event brought in $1,170 from the raffle baskets and dog crate prize. Roughly 110 people bought tickets at the door ($1,100), and pre-event sales at about $1,190. Clemons estimates they served about 300 people total.
"We were thrilled to see so many families and their adorable children attend," Clemons said. "Everyone seemed to have a great time."
All profits from this event will be used for the creation of a dog park in Oak Forest. The proposed park, which could have benches, doggy bag stations and a water fountain or two, would cost an estimated $10,000.
If built, the two-acre dog park at 158th Street and Central Avenue will have a fence running from a gated north entrance, bordering a public skate park, to a gated south entrance, bordering the back entrance of Food 4 Less grocery. Several other locations are also being considered for the park, Clemons said.
Depending on how much funding the community can raise from residents and sponsors, Clemons said at a previous meeting, it could take a day, a week or six months to begin construction for the new park.
Check back with Patch for updates on how much money the event raised.