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updated: 11/14/2013 5:15 PM

Carol Stream event Dec. 5 to benefit rescued, abandoned animals

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Sylvia Mapleberry

CAROL STREAM -- Mapleberry Pancake House ( will host a Holiday "Paw-ty" on Thursday, December 5th to support the Pawfect Project Foundation, an organization founded by the restaurant's owner, Sylvia Papadakos. From 5:30 -- 9:00 pm, the evening will include appetizers and beverages, door prizes and fun! A donation of $25 or more will be accepted for entry to the event. Additional donations in the form of pet supplies will also be accepted at the restaurant leading up to the event.

The Pawfect Project Foundation is a non-profit organization aimed at providing much needed funding for the basic needs of health care, food and toys for rescued/abandoned dogs and cats in the Chicago suburbs. The organization's main goal is to provide support for animals already abandoned and to help families affected by the economy get the support needed to keep their current pets healthy.

Mapleberry Pancake House has become the foundation's home base. Owner Sylvia Papadakos has set up the organization and accepts donations from patrons and outside sources in order to fund the operation. Working in conjunction with Bloomingdale veterinarian Dena Reinisch, Sylvia is contacted when there is a situation that requires outside assistance: injured or sick animals without owners or whose owners do not have the financial means available to care for their pet. The Pawfect Project then steps in to help cover expenses required to care for the animal, and often times, save their life.

"There are so many loving animals that are in desperate need of our love and support," said founder Sylvia Papadakos. "Ultimately, every animal we keep out of the overcrowded shelters is a success. I am so happy to be able to have this opportunity to help these animals when others have just given up on them. The generous ongoing support of Mapleberry's customers makes everything possible and for that I am thankful, but it's time to expand our operation. We are hoping this event brings in additional donations from outside patrons."

The Holiday "Paw-ty" will take place Thursday, December 5th at Mapleberry Pancake House, 1276 Kuhn Road, Carol Stream, IL 60188 ( 100% of donated proceeds go to benefit the animals in need via local shelters and veterinary offices. Tangible donations are also accepted. Some items needed include dry and canned pet food, flea collars, toys, treats, water/food dishes, litter boxes, litter, leashes, and collars.

For additional information, please contact Joyce at (708) 785-7027.