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Fundraiser to support Campton Hills' first canine unit

Wil take place Nov. 1 at St. Charles Bowl

Campton Hills Police Officer James Levand, left, holds Koda as Campton Hills Police Chief Steve Millar, right, presents him with his police badge. Koda is the department's first canine dog.
Campton Hills Police Officer James Levand, left, holds Koda as Campton Hills Police Chief Steve Millar, right, presents him with his police badge. Koda is the department's first canine dog.

ST. CHARLES – Those who come to the St. Charles Bowl on Nov. 1 can have some fun while supporting Campton Hills' first canine unit.

The 10 Pins for Koda Fundraiser will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Nov. 1 at St. Charles Bowl, 2520 W. Main St., St. Charles. Koda, a 2-year-old male German shepherd from Czechoslovakia, was sworn in at the Campton Hills Village Board meeting July 16.

He is the department's first police dog. Tickets for the fundraiser are $25 per person, which includes bowling, shoes, food and non-alcoholic drinks. Four people can bowl per lane. For those not wanting to bowl, $10 tickets can be purchased that only include food and non-alcoholic drinks.

The event will also include a silent auction and a 50/50 raffle. K9 merchandise also will be for sale and a cash bar is available.

Tickets must be purchased in advance at the Campton Hills Police Department, 40W270 La Fox Road.

Koda started with the department in the middle of June. More than $28,000 was raised so the department could start a K9 unit. The department also sold two surplus vehicles to pay for the cost of the training and a police vehicle equipped for Koda.

Campton Hills doesn't levy for property taxes, which is why the fundraising efforts were needed.

"Our budget is pretty low, but this is a definite benefit for us," Campton Hills Police Chief Steve Millar had previously said. "It's not something we could have done with the budget we have."

The community got to meet Koda during Campton Hills' National Night Out on Aug. 6. Representatives from Grayslake-based Tops In Dog Training Kennel – where Koda received his training – also were at the event to show what kind of training Koda went through.

More information about the upcoming fundraiser is available by sending an email to Millar at smillar@villageofcamptonhills.org

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