Events and Archives

Events Archive

Below are some of our past events. Click on a picture to view the related event album.

Take Your Dog to Dinner
September 11, 2005

Chenny Troupe hosted their third annual Take Your Dog to Dinner at Chicago area restaurants. Another successful year of goodie bags, special drinks, and lots of support - thanks to everyone who participated! View event photo album.

Funny Bones - Sit. Stay. Laugh!
Thursday, June 23rd, 2005

Our annual benefit and auction, Funny Bones, was held on June 23rd at Kaleidoscope this year. It featured comedy and Chenny-tini's, a silent auction and appearances by our very own therapy dogs.

Howl-a-ween Ball
October 31, 2004

Phil and Lou's threw Chenny Troupe a Halloween benefit at Galleria Marchetti.
There was live entertainment, doggie karaoke, and prizes for best dog costume.

Take Your Dog to Dinner
September 12, 2004

Chenny Troupe hosted their second annual Take Your Dog to Dinner at Chicago area restaurants. There were fabulous goodie bags thanks to our sponsors, and treats at each restaurants. Phil and Lou's even created a signature drink, a blue Chenny-tini, which has been added to their drink menu. Thanks again to everyone who attended, to the restaurants who graciously hosted us, and our sponsors! View event photo album.

Healing Hearts Annual Benefit
April 29, 2004

The benefit was a huge success again this year, being held at the Chicago Cultural Center. Dogs and their owners demonstrated some of the therapy work that they do, and we were joined by therapists who work with Chenny Troupe to help others, and patients whose lives have been changed by working with these human-canine teams. One patient has even become a Chenny Troupe volunteer!

February 14th, 2004 - Chenny Troupe and Phil and Lou's celebrate!

This winter Phil and Lou's graciously hosted a dinner with your dog private event at their restaurant at 1104 W. Madison. A portion of the proceeds were donated to Chenny Troupe. Thanks so much to everyone who attended, and especially to Phil and Lou's!


Take Your Dog to Dinner
September 13, 2003

Chenny Troupe hosted their first ever Take Your Dog to Dinner at restaurants throughout the Chicagoland area. Canine diners received treats and special entrees. Participating restaurants donated a portion of the bill from each table to the Chenny Troupe. Thanks to all who participated.

Tails of the City Annual Benefit
May 15, 2003

Chenny Troupe's Annual Benefit, Tails of the City, was held on May 15, 2003 this year at the Chicago Cultural Center. There was a fantastic canine runway show featuring our very own therapy dogs, along with a video documentary of the extraordinary work that Chenny Troupe has been able to do with patients working along side therapists. We were privileged to have Don Agnew, a former CT client who worked with Mary Ann Alexander and her dog Tag, share with us his story of recovery. Guests also enjoyed a silent auction, a LIVE auction, raffle prizes, wine and a light supper. View event photo album.

Joint Conference on Aging
March 15, 2003

Judy Keitz, Janet Rosen Eaton, Katsuyo Thornton and John Vranicar, along with canines Derby, Foxy and Kate, led a round-table discussion about Animal-assisted therapy at the Joint Conference on Aging in Chicago. Participants in the healthcare industry from all across the country, from New York to LA, attended the session to learn more about how they could bring animal-assisted therapy into their personal lives and professional careers. 

From an organizational standpoint, Judy and Janet talked about what it takes to run a professional group like Chenny Troupe. Volunteers shared their personal experiences and victories with patients. Participants also had the opportunity to view the Chenny Troupe case study videos ask questions, as well as spend some quality time with the dogs.

Judy, Derby, Katsuyo, Foxy, John and Kate
Judy, Derby, Katsuyo, Foxy, John and Kate

St. Patrick's Day Parade
March 15, 2003

The Chenny Trouper's and the rest of Chicago had a rare and gorgeous March day for the annual St. Patrick's Day Parade. Many of our volunteers, both human and canine participated.


Let's Play Ruff - Double Door
September 19, 2002

A great turnout, awesome music and food made the first annual "Let's Play Ruff" a success. Therapy dogs, radio personalities and premier Chicago bands made an evening at the Double Door a truly unique experience. Thanks to everyone who made this event possible!

Tufts University - Animal Expo 2002
September 12-15, 2002

In September, Chenny Troupe leaders Janet Rosen Eaton, Cathy Lawler and Judy Keitz, spoke about animal-assisted therapy at Tufts University's Tufts Animal Expo.

Paws for Hope - Days of Wine and Canines
May 15, 2002

Chenny Troupe's claim to fame has always been its volunteers, and this year’s benefit was no exception. Virtually every aspect of the benefit was handled by volunteers, from the design of the invitation to the magnificent centerpieces. Program volunteers and their certified therapy dogs thrilled the audience of more than 300 with a demonstration of some of their special skills (not to mention some pretty wild fashion statements!) in a fantastic run-way show. Media celebrities Mary Laney, Bill Zwecker and John Records Landecker added their talents to make sure that everyone heard the wonderful stories about our work. Special guest Bob Zalesny, a former patient at RIC shared his deep gratitude to Chenny Troupe and to Jersey, Lisa Rovner’s golden retriever, who was instrumental in his recovery from a debilitating accident several years ago.

As if anything else were needed to make the evening a success, sumptuous buffets and an exciting silent auction with more than 100 gifts were available in the spectacular Preston Bradley Hall. Chenny Troupe’s new video was debuted and reviews were a consistent “thumbs up!” Paws for Hope was a terrific celebration of hope and healing, a real tribute to our volunteers and an enormous financial success, helping to insure that we will continue to provide our innovative programs free of charge. Bob Zalesny and Jersey experience a joyous reunion at ‘Paws for Hope.”

A special thank you to Sheryl Dyer and Burberry’s, Audrean Been of Columbia College, Richard Forsythe of Ruff Haus Pets, Alice Lerman of Barker & Meowsky, Stylie Dog and Coastal Pet Products who dressed all of our human and canine models. Kudos and thank you to Benefit Chair Lisa Rovner, the Paws For Hope Committee, the volunteers who worked tirelessly all evening to be sure that everything ran smoothly, to all the volunteers and their dogs who practiced and practiced to be sure their routines were perfect, and to all our supporters and friends, without whom Chenny Troupe would not exist. View the event photo album.