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ISSUE 8 March 11TH, 2021

 

GDB President and CEO Christine Benninger sits in front of the Puppy Center with her Golden Retriever Theia, who wears a purple guide dog ambassador vest.

CEO Update: From Breeding to Serving Clients

I’m happy to share exciting updates from our leadership team about our plans to return to full mission as we continue to lead with care. GDB is focused once again on breeding, puppy raising, dog and client training, and campus volunteerism.

Thank you to the many teams that have contributed to envisioning a path forward and to all of you for making our life-changing mission possible…even in the most challenging of times.  I hope that you will find these updates as encouraging as I do!

READ OUR CEO’S CAMPUS UPDATE

 

A family of four poses with their black Lab, a K9 Buddy.

Ready, Set, FORWARD! Online Programs Help Youth and their Families Explore Options

Guide Dogs for the Blind is excited to unleash several new online learning opportunities for transition age youth who are blind or visually impaired, their parents and/or other family members, and professionals in the field of blindness and visual impairment.

We are committed to assisting youth who are blind or visually impaired, as well as the supportive network of people in their lives, so they can be informed and prepared when deciding to use a cane or canine when the time is right. Workshops include, “Canine Connection - Is Your Child Ready?” and more!

LEARN MORE ABOUT OUR READY, SET, FORWARD! PROGRAMS FOR YOUTH

 

Kym sits on the grass with her yellow Lab guide dog Tron in her lap.

Paralympian Prepares for Tokyo Games with New Guide Dog by Her Side

Meet recent GDB grad and Team USA Paralympian, Kym Crosby Hightower, and her guide dog, Tron. This professional athlete is super excited to participate in the upcoming Paralympic Games in Tokyo this summer (hint: she’s going for gold!). Kym says her training with Tron on our California campus was “an amazing experience” and she’s thankful to those who make it possible for her to have Tron in her life.

WATCH KYM CROSBY HIGHTOWER’S VIDEO ABOUT HER TRAINING EXPERIENCE AT GDB.

 

Mary Ann stirs a pot on her stove while a yellow Lab foster dog lounges between her legs on the kitchen rug.

Giving Back: Volunteer and Donor Helps Foster Dogs Get Back on Their Paws

Giving back takes many forms for GDB Volunteer, Mary Ann Sorich. She is a campus volunteer, donor, and all-around cheerleader for our mission. In addition to lending her time and talents to our California campus veterinary clinic over the last several years, she has also generously opened her home to many GDB dogs through our foster care program.

READ MORE ABOUT MARY ANN’S VOLUNTEER WORK AT GDB.

 

A black Lab sits in his harness wearing a red cape. The words Canine Heroes Virtual Gala appear in the blue sky above him.

Annual Canine Heroes Fundraising Gala

Join us for our Virtual Canine Heroes Gala, Sunday, June 6th at 5 pm PT.


Experience cute puppies, dashing dogs, and amazing client stories, all from the comfort of your home.


Register by May 1 to be entered into a drawing to win GDB merchandise!

 
RSVP FOR THE CANINE HEREOES VIRTUAL GALA

 

Tom Horton sits on a bench with a yellow Lab guide dog

Virtual Estate Planning Seminar

Join us March 31 at 12 Noon PT, for a virtual seminar on Six Ways to Help Guide Dogs for the Blind by Incorporating Charitable Giving Into Your Estate Plan.  Learn about estate planning options that could help GDB and your heirs at the same time!

Featuring GDB’s International Director of Planned Gifts, Thomas F. Horton, Esq. There is no cost to attend the seminar.

REGISTER TODAY FOR THE VIRTUAL ESTATE PLANNING SEMINAR
 

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