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Edgewater Pet Mayor Pax The Goat Leads Virtual Fundraiser For Animal Food Pantry

A pet mayor event at last year's Edgefest helped raise $20,000 for Care for Real. With Edgefest — and the pet mayor event — canceled this year, the fundraiser has gone digital.

Daniel Zagotta, who owns Pax the Goat, introduces Edgewater's new pet mayor Sunday.
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EDGEWATER — Pax the goat is marking his second year as Edgewater’s pet mayor by headlining a virtual fundraising effort for Care for Real’s pet pantry.

Pax and the runners-up in last years’ pet mayor campaign/fundraiser will take part in the “whistle stop tour” benefiting the Edgewater charity’s animal pantry. A whistle stop tour is a method of political campaigning where politicians, often by train, make brief appearances in a number of locations.

A goal of $5,000 has been set for the virtual fundraiser, which runs through Sept. 28. To make a donation, click here.

The Edgewater Chamber of Commerce held its first ever pet mayor campaign last year as a way to raise funds for Care for Real. A winner was crowned at last year’s Edgefest, and the event raised $20,000 for the local charity.

This year’s Edgefest has been canceled due to the coronavirus. A second pet mayor campaign was postponed, so Pax will retain his title for an additional year, according to the chamber of commerce.

Pax and his “pet cabinet” will appear on the Edgewater chamber’s Instagram and Facebook pages, encouraging residents to give to Care for Real.

Care for Real, 5339 N. Sheridan Rd., established a pet food pantry in 2011. Last year, the charity distributed 21,000 pounds of pet food to neighbors in need, according to the group.

A $6 donation can feed a pet for a week and a $72 donation can feed an animal for a whole year, according to Care for Real.

For more information on the fundraiser, click here.

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