Move over, Broadway. The best Sister Act I know has been earning “paws and applause” every day in Chicago since 1983 far from any stage. For more than 30 years, Sister Marijon Binder and a team of dedicated volunteers have been on a mission to improve the lives of people, especially seniors, and companion animals, especially cats.
Her group, called Touched By An Animal and Cats-Are-Purrsons-Too, performs miracles of the heart by helping the elderly (and those struggling financially) keep their companion animals and finding lifetime homes for “tossed and found kitties.” These twin noble causes are made possible thanks to generous volunteers and donors.
“Cats are messengers of God,” Sister Marijon related to me during a phone conversation. “To each person touched by an animal, God’s message is clear: unconditional love makes life’s meaning dearer. To honor the bond, to rejoice in that truth is why we are here.”
I totally agree. That’s why I am honored to be the keynote speaker at this group’s Spring Books n’ Baskets Benefit Brunch set for 11 a.m. Sunday, April 19 at the Holiday Inn Ballroom, 5300 West Touhy Avenue in Skokie, IL.
The title of my talk is, “Life Lessons Unleashed from PhDs (Pretty Happy Dogs) and CEOs (Cats Extraordinaire).” After all, the secret to bolstering your health may be just a tail wag or purr away. I will unleash 10 life lessons from dogs and cats designed to improve you mentally, physically and emotionally.
Admit it. You are as curious as a cat – and as eager as a pup — to learn these secrets. This is my purr-sonal invitation to join us and aid this non-profit group so it can continue its mission.
This fundraising event will also include a unique gift boutique, theme baskets, a scrumptious lunch and the chance to purchase some of my autographed pet books with the proceeds going to this wonderful organization. Here’s your chance to get your paws on an autographed copy of my latest and best selling books. For feline fans, we offer The Cat Behavior Answer Book, Fit Cat and Happy Cat, Happy You. For dog lovers, we will have copies of The Dog Behavior Answer Book, Fit Dog, and Happy Dog, Happy You.
Reserve your spot at this event by April 13. Tickets are $48 per person or $90 per couple, $360 for a table of eight or $450 for a table of 10. Tickets are $55 at the door with an advanced reservation. To make your reservation, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (773) 728-6336.
This “Sister Act” may never win a Tony or an Oscar, but Sister Marijon and her group are true champions for people and pets in need.
To learn more, please visit www.touchedbyananimal.org. We will see YOU on April 19!
Here is the flyer filled with details on this must-attend event: