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FALL 2012 PARTNERS NEWSLETTER

DATES

Partners

Fall 2012

Volume 28

Number 4
Newsletter

Published by:

Guide Dogs of America
13445 Glenoaks Blvd.
Sylmar, CA 91342
(818) 362-5834
FAX: (818) 362-6870


E-MAIL
mail@guidedogsofamerica.org


WEBSITE
www.guidedogsofamerica.org


EDITOR

Lorri Bernson

CONTRIBUTORS

Dale Hartford
8th ANNUAL PARADE OF PARTNERS RECOGNIZES GENEROSITY OF DONORS AND VOLUNTEERS
It is with great pride and sincere gratitude that we present our eighth-annual Parade of Partners to express how thankful we are to our many friends. In this issue, we have listed the individuals, families and organizations whose support during this past fiscal year (July 1, 2011 – June 30, 2012) has helped make it possible for GDA to carry out its mission. Volunteers and supporters of GDA — through their considerable commitment of time, talent and resources — make it possible to bring safety, independence, mobility and companionship to people who are visually impaired.
“Without your generous donations of time, sharing of resources, and decisions to choose GDA as the recipient of your financial contributions, the school could not exist,” said GDA President Dale Hartford. “It is this generosity that allows us to graduate at least 50 guide dog teams every year without government support and at absolutely no cost to our graduates. The $42,000 needed to graduate a guide dog team comes solely from the commitments to GDA made by everyone and every organization on these lists.”
In this, the eighth-annual Parade of Partners, we are honoring several new “Partners,” as well as many returning honorees. We extend our deepest thanks and heartfelt gratitude to each of them. In addition to the names listed here, we would also like to thank the numerous families, individuals and organizations who have volunteered their time, made monetary donations or designated GDA in charitable giving programs.
For many of you, this newsletter may be the only regular contact you have with GDA. Therefore, with each issue, it is our goal to bring the spirit of the school to you through feature articles, profiles and updates we hope you find informative, educational and interesting. In preparing this issue, we invited the GDA staff to share their appreciation in their own words. Their heartfelt words appear throughout this newsletter.
If we have inadvertently left off your name on any of the lists or you would like to find out how to be included in next year’s Parade of Partners, contact Lorri Bernson at lmbernson@guidedogsofamerica.org or call (818) 833-6431.
EVERYDAY AND EASY WAYS TO MAKE A DONATION TO GDA

We thank all of you who choose to contribute to GDA by shopping at participating grocery stores with your club cards. By registering your cards (details follow) and designating GDA, a percentage of your total grocery bill is donated to the school every time you shop. The following provides important instructions about how to register your club card to begin or renew your support of GDA.


Grocery Store Rewards Cards

Ralphs


Register or renew your Ralphs Rewards Card through the Ralphs website (www.ralphs.com) to designate Guide Dogs of America as your charity of choice. To register your card for the first time, click on “Services,” then “Community Contributions,” then “Enroll.” In the “Find Your Organization” field, type Guide Dogs of America. If you have registered your card previously, Ralphs requires that you renew your registration each September in order to continue to contribute to GDA. Login to your account, confirm your information is correct, click on “Edit Community Contributions Information” and, once again, designate Guide Dogs of America. Click on “Save Changes” and log out.
A percentage of your purchases will begin accruing within 72 hours of your online registration/renewal. Within seven to 10 business days, you will see at the bottom of your Ralphs receipt: “At your request, Ralphs is donating to Guide Dogs of America.”
If you have questions or need assistance, please call (818) 833-6438.
Food 4 Less

If you have a Food 4 Less Card, you do not need to register or renew the card. If you don’t have a card, please call (818) 833-6438 and we will send you a pre-registered card that will ensure a percentage of every purchase you make is donated to GDA.


On-line Shopping

GoodSearch.com/GoodShop.com

Every time you search or shop on the Internet, you can make a donation to Guide Dogs of America … and it’s so easy.
GoodSearch.com is a Yahoo-powered search engine that donates half its advertising revenue, about a penny per search, to the charities its users designate. Use it just as you would any search engine, get quality search results and watch the donations add up!
GoodShop.com is an online shopping mall that donates up to 30 percent of each purchase to your favorite cause. Hundreds of well-known retail stores — including Target, Gap, Best Buy, eBay, Macy's and Barnes & Noble — have teamed up with GoodShop and every time you place an order, you'll be supporting your favorite cause.
And if you use GoodSearch as your computer’s default search engine and enter Guide Dogs of America when asked for your charity, our cause will earn money when you shop or even just search online.
We hope that you will share this helpful information with your friends and family.
Give to GDA as Your Gift to Family, Friends and Loved Ones this Holiday Season

A great gift idea and a very special way to support GDA during the holidays is to make a contribution in the name of your family, loved ones and friends. Your contribution lets those important people on your list know how much you care about the work we do. It also lets them know they are remembered by you in a thoughtful way that makes them a part of giving the gift of companionship and mobility to those who are visually impaired. A handwritten card, with a special message, will be sent to those you designate with your donation. For more information, call (818) 833-6429.


Matching Gifts

Many companies offer a matching gift program to their employees. These programs match, dollar-for-dollar, charitable contributions made by an employee, doubling the donation made to Guide Dogs of America!

If you are thinking of making a donation to Guide Dogs of America, ask your employer if it offers a matching gift program.
Year-Round Giving One Month at a Time

Many of our supporters make monthly donations to GDA using our convenient automatic donation program. At the beginning of each month, we automatically charge your credit card in the amount you specify. Call (818) 833-6429 with questions or to participate.


CFC Pledge Card

You know what your pet means to you; now imagine what this future guide dog will mean to a blind person.


Please designate #11873 on your CFC pledge card.
Your CFC contribution helps us breed, raise and train extraordinary guide dogs. These intelligent dogs are provided free of charge and offer trustworthy assistance and companionship to visually impaired men and women as they strive to live their lives to the fullest.
IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO LEND A PAW…

In this issue of the GDA newsletter, we are committed to recognizing our “Partners” for the time, energy and resources they contribute to support GDA and its mission: To provide loyal and loving guide dogs, free of charge, to blind and visually impaired individuals. GDA does not receive any government funding and could not continue to fulfill its mission without your generous support.


For more information about how you can become involved in our mission, please visit the “How to Help” section of the Guide Dogs of America website at www.guidedogsofamerica.org. You can also contact us via e-mail at mail@guidedogsofamerica.org or by phone at (818) 362-5834.
GDA Mission Statement

Guide Dogs of America is dedicated to its mission to provide guide dogs and instruction in their use, free of charge, to blind and visually impaired men and women from the United States and Canada so that they may continue to pursue their goals with increased mobility and independence.



GRADUATES

Class #374

(Puppy Raiser in parentheses)

Students left to right: Dan Weiner & Parker (Lily Lo), Eric Horvath & Usher (The Mehl Family), Joanie Delzer & Jeanie (Kirsten Halesworth), Katrina Stanley & Reesha (Phil & Cathy Lichtenberger), Curtis Tucker & Keno (The Behringer Family), Marty Cartwright & Jewel (Dick & Joan Freiheit), Celeste Williams & Saffie (The Ryan Family), Dawn Carello & Moxie (The Edwards Family), Ahmad Bdeiwi & Julep (Paul & Cyndi Obest)


Instructors left to right: Dave Ponce, Sean Chiles, Bryan Young
In Home Graduates

Kristi Kovach & Paige (Susie Shapiro), Ron Bodey & Westin (The Wette Family), Sharon Hutton & Pearl (The Guske Family), Mari Dole & Waylon (Laura Daley)


Instructor: Steve Burkman
IN MEMORY

With great sadness, we note the passing of the following guide dogs and honor them for their dedication to ensuring the safety and independence of their partners:

Panache – Class #330

Richter – Class #346

Walt – Class #339

Violet – Class #

Yani – Class #328
NEW EMPLOYEES

Lisa Peterson, Receptionist

Haley Luciani, Kennel Tech
NEWLY PUBLISHED GUIDE DOGS OF AMERICA, A HISTORY NOW AVAILABLE
We are thrilled to announce that Guide Dogs of America, A History is now available for purchase. This insightful book reveals unknown facts about the history of the guide dog movement in America and GDA’s contribution.
Author Patrick S. Halley spent nearly a year researching and writing the 200-page, photo-rich story about the school, including new historical information. The book recounts the heroic efforts of GDA founder Joseph W. Jones, Sr., who — when denied a guide dog because he was deemed “too old” at age 57 — founded his own guide dog school. Also detailed in the book are GDA’s program and how the school produces successful guide dogs, as well as how the support from donors, puppy raisers, volunteers and the IAM&AW make it all possible.
The hardcover and paperback versions of the book are now available. An audio version will be available soon (please check the Guide Dogs of America website at www.guidedogsofamerica.org for additional information). Hardcover: $61.50 (includes shipping & handling). Each additional hardcover copy in the same order will be $50. Any orders containing more than six books, please call 818-833-6429. Paperback: $51.50 (include shipping & handling). Each additional book will be $40.
2012 RAFFLES

2012 Quilt Raffle

This years quilt, “Knick Knack Paddy Whack,” was made and donated by the Orange County Quilt Guild. Each panel features an adorable bone-bearing pooch in a dog house. The quilt measures a generous 99” by 110” and will fit a king- or queen-size bed.
Purchase tickets using the order form on this page and mail it to GDA postmarked by Dec. 2, 2012. Tickets are $2 each or six for $10. The drawing will be held at the GDA December puppy raiser meeting on Dec. 8, 2012. Winner does not need to be present.
GDA 2012 HOLIDAY CARDS

The winning photo from the second-annual Holiday Card Contest of puppy-in-training Gentry will bring “Holiday Greetings” to everyone on your mailing list this year. The inside message reads: “May Your Holidays Be Merry & Bright


Holiday cards measure 5” x 7” and are bundled 15 cards (with envelopes) to a pack. Price: $15 per pack, plus shipping & handling ($3 for 1 pack; $5 for 2-8 packs; 9+ packs call GDA for rates). Please use the order form on this page to place your order. Questions? Call (818) 833-6429.
3rd ANNUAL HOLIDAY CARD CONTEST

This Year’s Holiday Memories; Next Year’s GDA Holiday Card


It’s not too early to start thinking about staging a holiday-themed photo of your dog to submit for our third-annual Holiday Card Contest. Say, “Puppy treats!”
Submission Guidelines

  • All photos MUST BE TAKEN IN HIGH RESOLUTION (300+ dpi) and submitted via EMAIL as an attachment) by June 1, 2012 to partners@guidedogsofamerica.org

  • Winner will be notified on June 15, 2012 and will be posted on our website

  • Please make sure that the email includes your full name, address and phone number

  • All photo entries become the property of GDA

  • Credit for the winning photo will be given


GDA STAFF EXTENDS ITS THANKS TO VOLUNTEERS AND BREEDERS

For this special issue we asked the staff at GDA to express – in their own words – the gratitude they feel towards our donors, sponsors, raisers and breeder families. We had a tremendous and enthusiastic response …so many in fact, that we could not include all of them in this issue. The heartfelt words from many of our staff appear below. We will feature the rest of the quotes in our next issue.


Gifts come to GDA in so many ways. Puppy Raisers and Breeder Families work tirelessly to get puppies ready for guide dog training; while Sponsors and Donors of all ages make donations that ultimately fund our programs. Thank you to all who make GDA so very successful!  Sue Chiles Administration/Accounting Department
On behalf of the IT department of Guide Dogs of America, we would like to take this moment and thank you for helping to make Guide Dogs of America the wonderful place that it is today. We could not provide the much-needed service that allows the blind to become active functional members of society again without your help. Manuel Tucker

Information Technology/Digital Communications Engineer
PUPPY RAISERS

I would like to send a special Thank you to all of our wonderful puppy raisers. Your countless hours of volunteering to help not only with your puppy, but helping to spread the word about GDA. You are the best! ─ Louise Henderson, Puppy Program Manager


DONORS

It amazes me to see the generosity of so many who are willing to help others they don’t know, simply because they would hope someone would help them if the situations were reversed. ─ Rhonda Bissell, Executive Administrative Assistant


BREEDERS

We love all of our volunteer families; they are good friends and some are even like family. Volunteers, staff and donors all have a place in their hearts for the dogs. It makes it extra rewarding that we can help someone every day. ─ Meri Forman, Breeding Department Manager


GENERAL

The generosity of our donors, sponsors, puppy raisers, and countless other volunteers is truly astounding. The amount of time, money, and effort they put into this organization is truly a testament to their character. This organization would not be what it is today without their unwavering dedication. Kristy Olson, Registered Vet Tech/Director of Animal Health


There can never be enough praise for the volunteers and puppy raisers we are so fortunate to have at Guide Dogs of America. Their generosity, love and devotion are infectious and are what help keep our school providing the very best guide dogs. ─ Robin Hartford, Public Relations
“Many times people thank us (trainers) for doing such an amazing job providing such a gift to those who have lost their sight.  I simply tell them, “thank you,” but stress that we at GDA that we at GDA could not accomplish our mission without the selfless dedication of puppy raisers and donors who enable us to do what we do every day. ─ Dave Ponce, Licensed Trainer
Thank you to all of the donors, sponsors, raisers and breeder families for your hard work and helping GDA continue to put out working guide dog teams. ─ Sean Chiles, Licensed Trainer 
I have an attitude of gratitude. Without our donors, sponsors, puppy raisers and breeder families, GDA could not achieve its goals. And, without GDA, I could not have my dream job, working with amazing people who help others pursue their dreams. In addition, I also work with some amazing dogs. ─ Yvette R. Sheehan, Canine Development Assistant
With our final goal of creating a dependable confidant guide dog, there are many ingredients that go into that mix early in life. These positive experiences and exposures for the dogs are so important and necessary for their early development, and these experiences all lead to better success. The only way that our young guide prospects can gain these positive experiences is with the help and cooperation of all of our puppy raisers and area leaders. For this endeavor, there are never thanks enough. ─ Bryan Young, Licensed Trainer
BREEDING DOG FAMILIES

GDA’s breeding dogs directly contribute to the future of our school by continuing bloodlines that breed the physical and mental characteristics best suited to the work of a guide dog. We thank our breeding dog families, whose commitment to our program and dedication to keeping our breeder dogs healthy, happy and safe and ensure future generations of guides.

Kandi Brennan ─ Irish

Kellie & Kurt Brimberry ─ Sampson

Donna Giguere & Roxann Jay ─ Polly

Barbara Hiser & Craig Ridenhauer ─ Keely

Elgin, Barbara & Thomas Keller ─ Winter

Gerald & Celeste Kennedy ─ Rita

Phil & Cathy Lichtenberger ─Vida

Shannon & Thalia Prum ─Wana

Tom & Wende Roy ─ Winn

Susan Salazar ─ Renata

For information about our Breeding Program, please contact Meri Forman at (818) 833-6461.

Please note: The names that appear on this list indicate those families with newly designated breeding dogs during this past GDA fiscal year (July 1, 2011 to June 30, 2012).


PUPPY RAISERS

Bringing up a puppy from an eight-week-old bundle of paws and jaws into a well-socialized and trainable dog of 16 to 18 months requires time, energy, patience, dedication and love. Our puppy raisers do all this with the knowledge they will give up the dog they have been committed to and grown to love to GDA to begin formal training for the job it was born to do. We would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge our puppy raisers and extend our most sincere gratitude to the many individuals and families who take our puppies into their homes and their hearts.


For information about becoming a puppy raiser, visit the GDA website, www.guidedogsofamerica.org and click on “Puppy Raising” or call Louise Henderson at (818) 833-6441.
Ackerman Family ─ Basil

Ansite Family ─ Vivi

Dan & Debbie Applebaum ─ Enzo

Babbitt Family ─ Hector

Tim & Carol Ballou ─ Sasha

George & Delores Bandow ─ Maxwell

Linda Barber ─ V.J.

Barger Family ─ Berlin

Guy & Karen Barger ─ Rina

Barrios Family ─ Faina

Pat Beebe ─ McKenna

Ann-Marie Biden ─ Francie

Angel Biezman & Brian Bigley ─ Dutch

Jeff & Rebecca Biging ─ Hank

Binder Family ─ Einstein

Alan & Cindi Bleemers ─ Daphne

Jeff & Suzanne Breaw ─ Rayne

Denise Brown ─ Honey

Jerry & Sydney Cain ─ Gunner

Maureen Capra ─ Weezer

Caroline Carroll ─ Freya

Monica Chen ─ Sachi

Andrew Chesis ─ Skyler

Georgia Childs ─ Nya

Dan & Jessica Clark ─ Micah

Anita Cohen ─ Gypsy

Miranda & Melissa Costa ─ Wade

Kristine Coyle ─ Raleigh

Ray & Terry Crawford ─ Nadine

Dave & Carla Crawley ─ Ledah

Crosby Family ─ Ash

Laura Daley ─ Nugget

BobbieJo & Tiffany Dean ─ Paisley

Al & Lisa DeBruno ─ Nara

Mary Deets ─ Honon

Delvasto Family ─ Delilah

Mike & Jill Deschamps ─ Hilo

Dolan Family ─ Vinnie

Gino & Maggie Domico ─ Lulu

Durning Family ─ Addie

Rick & Marya Eller ─ Neo

Judy Emaus & Peter Ryan ─ Ender

Karlen English ─ Jade

Erhardt Family ─ Hasley

Debbie Erickson ─ Whitley

Fancher Family ─ Ace

Naomi Fate ─ Nadia

Figueroa Family ─ Havana

Fujushige Family ─ Halle

Ashleigh Garrett ─ Vera

Paul Gibney ─ Lacken

Judi Gomez & Miguel Ola ─ Clint

Gould Family ─ Katniss

Greg & Fiona Hahn ─ Gandalf

Eric & Sherri Hansel ─ Brandy

Hart Family ─ Journey

Sheila & Shelly Harvey ─ Echo

Tyler & Ashley Hathaway ─ Emalia

Nancy Hawthorn & Roy Nitschke ─ Elsie

Mary Hefferman ─ Cassia

Hernandez Family ─ Winchester

Ralph & Diane Hesterman ─ Joshua

Steve & Judi Hoppes ─ Roenen & Gyser

Diana Janke ─ Venice

Steve & Cindy Jaquay ─ Kooska

Dee Jennings ─ Shira

Jewell Family ─ Strider

Naomi Jost ─ Blitz

Glyn Judson ─ Fred

Kennedy Family ─ Fawn

Keough Family ─ Hudson

Peter & Rebecca Khalil ─ Reginald

King Family ─ Henna

Ken & Debi Kirkness ─ Jazzy

Steve & Carol Kopman ─ Dawn

Judy Kovaric ─ Neeka

Gary & Sharon Kristas ─ Rosa

Guy Kung ─ Ripley

Chuck & Kate Lancaster ─ B.J.

Lang Family ─ Puma

Felicia Gin & Jim Lee ─ Nia

Lemon Family ─ Ferris

Gail Leonard ─ Conlan

Michael & Jennifer Lewis ─ Bandy

Licciardello Family ─ Koa

Brian & Tina Lockwood ─ Stryker

Mike & Linda Loper ─ Tika

Morris & Cathy Makshanoff ─ Atlas

Gary & Rhonda Mange ─ Khaki

Ruth Martin ─ Jetta

Joe & Cathy McCarter ─ Nova

Sharon Majewski ─ Kimber

Mike & Sylvia Michaelski ─ Kanan

Cindy Miller ─ Guinness

Mark & Eliza Mrohs ─ Waverly

Kasey & Kristy Nash ─ Whidbey

Mark & Tammy New ─ Sable

Paul & Cyndi Obest ─ Herc

O’Gorman Family ─ Brody

Jeff & Melissa Orenstein ─ Kambridge

Amy Pendon ─ Haden

Pennala Family ─ Bentley

Perez Family ─ Phebe

Peterson Family ─ Faye

Chris & Jane Popovich ─ Gidget

Mike & Danelle Popken ─ Tug

Al & Debbie Price ─ Kallen

Jessica Prisk ─ Flynn

David & Deborah Prough ─ Cooper

Linda & Meredith Ralyea ─ Sagan

Jeff & Sarah Ramirez ─ Nala

Rawding Family ─ Lance

Tom & Judy Reilly ─ Eddy

Reints Family ─ Bauer

Butch & Karen Reyburn ─ Nels

Robb Family ─ Willa

Roecker Family ─ Nina

Rohlfing Family ─ Breda

Rosenblum Family ─ Phinny

Rejean & Martha Royer ─ Nikie

Gary & Stephanie Ruggerone ─ Eppie

Tanya Saunders ─ Wyland

Scruggs Family ─ Francesca

Kellie Searl & Angelica Solano ─ Sage

Susie Shapiro ─ Florie

Ron & Joan Shaw ─ Leader

Jason Shubb ─ Lincoln

Frank & Mara Simon ─ Portia

Jay Skowronsky ─ Domino

Dave & Rebecca Smith ─ Nelson

John & Diana Smitherman ─ Coral

Barry & Penny Stallings ─ Virgil

Bob & Kathie Stegemann ─ Dani

Stevens Family ─ Steffi

Strenk Family ─ Nessa

Tarpey Family ─ Mocha

Don & Rita Tayenaka ─ Cici

Meg Tennant ─ Tucker

Cherry Teter ─ Pondo

Thomas Family ─ Kirby

Nancy Totta ─ Farah

Frank Traficante & Joanne Dallas ─Guido

Barbara Blake ─ Treacle

Cindy Valancius ─ Rio

Roger & Charlene VanOmmeren ─ Weaver

Bill Vaughn ─ Jasmine

Tom & Sue Vessella ─ Sally

Maria & Mike Volker ─ Nikki

Bryan & Karen Warloe ─ Sierra

Tina & Lily Wayne ─ Violet

Tony & Jill Werner ─ Ventana

Chris & Cheryl Westfall ─ Tonks

Wette Family ─ Aiden

Brian & Tina While ─ Pixie

Glenn & Lynne Whiteford ─ Preslie

Paula Wholton ─ Vonnie

Laura Wild ─ Apollo

Bob & Moira Wunderlich ─ Jayla


For information about becoming a puppy raiser, visit the GDA website, www.guidedogsofamerica.org and click on “Puppy Raising” or call Louise Henderson at (818) 833-6441.
Please note: The names that appear on this list include only those puppy raisers with whom a puppy in training was placed in the home during this past GDA fiscal year (July 1, 2011 – June 30, 2012)
PARTNERS IN TRUST

By thoughtfully naming GDA in their wills, trusts and life insurance policies, the members of the Partners in Trust Society ensure that their support of GDA will continue for years to come. We are forever grateful to them for remembering GDA in their estate plans — in any amount — and we are honored to be a part of their legacy.


For additional information about how you can leave a future gift to GDA, go to www.guidedogsofamerica.org, click on “How to Help,” then click on “Gift Planning.” Or call Rhonda Bissell at (818) 833-6432.
Please note: The names that appear on this list indicate those individuals who have included GDA in their estate plans during this past GDA fiscal year (July 1, 2011 – June 30, 2012).

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Cathleen Bartley

Kurt & Kellie Brimberry

J. Hafner

Dan & Rosalyn Hudock

Jacquelyn Jacobs

James Jatras

Tom & Judy Kovaric

Dee Dee Mann

Sally Morton

Karen Yatto

The following friends have left us, but long into the future their intentions will be at work helping GDA to breed, raise and train dogs:

Kathleen S. Andrews

Imelda L. Aron

Michele Burk

Sandra T. Calta

Rick Darrel

Dorothy S. Gamiere

Myrtle Glendenning

Ellsworth & Hilda Hazzard

Sylvia Hoffman

Marjorie Hull

Pearl Jones

Marjorie Kurkov

Ruth L. LeBoy

Merrill B. Lett

Emily M. Lindell

Paul Margetan

Martha C. Masiello

Beverly Newton

Mary Pavich

Geraldine Weiss Shaw

Philip A. Singer

Christine Szilva

H. Geoffrey Tyrrash

Mary V. Wackerhagen

Julie M. Walker

Dr. Jonathan L. Wilson
GDA SPONSORS

We would like to “paws” to express our gratitude to all of the families, individuals, businesses, schools and private organizations that have generously donated to the GDA Sponsor fund.


Guide Dog Team Sponsors ($42,000) — Covers all expenses associated with successfully matching a student with a guide dog companion.
Student Sponsors: Covers all expenses of a student during their 28-day program as well as their transportation to and from the school.
Guide Dog Sponsors ($21,000) — Includes the cost of breeding, raising and training a guide dog.
Guide Dog Training Sponsors ($10,000) — Covers all costs while a future guide dog is in training for four to six months, including all evaluations, medical care and food. 
Puppy Sponsors ($5,000) — Supports the breeding and care of one puppy until approximately 18 months of age. Puppy sponsors receive quarterly updates and photos from the puppy raisers.

Student Accommodation Sponsors ($3,000) — Covers the student’s room and board expenses for 28 days in the dormitory, travel expenses and a guide dog graduation kit.

Newborn Litter Sponsors ($2,500) — Covers the cost of breeding, delivery and additional expenses for one litter up to seven weeks of age.
Newborn Puppy Sponsors ($1,000) — Funds the cost of the breeding and delivery of one puppy.
All our sponsors are presented with photos of their puppies. If you would like to become a GDA Sponsor, please call Daryl Lasky at (818) 833-6427 or email him at dlasky@guidedogsofamerica.org.
Please note: The names that appear on this list indicate those individuals, families and organizations who became Sponsors during this past GDA fiscal year (July 1, 2011 to June 30, 2012).
Guide Dog Team Sponsors — $42,000

Guide Dogs of America Connecticut, Rhode Island and Western MA (two teams)

The Sharon D. Lund Foundation

United Technologies Corporation


Student Sponsor — $21,000

Thomas and Dorothy Leavey Foundation


Training Sponsor — $10,000

Lockheed Martin Aeronautical Employees’ Reaching Out (LM AERO)


Puppy Sponsor — $5,000

Bernardine & Isabelle Daskoff — Bentley, Vito and Titus

W. Don & Nancy Edwards — Lincoln

Riley Eisenberg — waiting for her puppy

Ethel Frends Charitable Foundation — waiting for their puppy

In Memory of Steve & Jackie Gettleman — Blitz

Glen-Park Retirement Communities & Northwest Glendale Lions Club — Cybelle

In honor of Father Jim Halley — Avery

Iacocca Family Foundation — Brody

Nate & Gerri Israelson — Eppie

The Judith Anne Kaplan Fund of RSF Social Finance — Fred

Knisely Family Foundation — waiting for their two puppies

Thomas & Judy Kovaric — Neeka

Helen S. Levin & Family — Cooper

Malibu Lions Club — Kanan

Michael Moore — waiting for his puppy

David & Susan Oberman — Aiden

Edith (Deedy) Oberman — Honey

Pennsylvania State Machinists Council — Danny

Ryan Rhodes & Drew Herron — Dotty and Thomas

James S. Ridge and Associates in honor of District Lodge 8 — Hank

Linda Heizer-Seaman — Brie

Sepulveda Building Materials Charity Golf Tournament — Lance, Pixie, Journey, Lulu

Simi Valley Boots and Slippers Square Dance Club — Dani and Strider

Stephen S. Wise Elementary — waiting for their puppy

Tri-County Mustang Club – Shelby

VPI Pet Insurance — Nels

Deborah A. Wrinkle — Halle

Carl E. Wynn Foundation — waiting for their puppy
Student Accommodation Sponsorship — $3,000

Shirley Donoho

Roy Johnson

The Sharon D. Lund Foundation (two students)


Newborn Litter Sponsorship — $2,500

Alfred B. Nobel Middle School

Crane Fund for Widows and Children

Daughters of Penelope El Camino Real, District 20

IAM&AW Local Lodge 2297

Lockheed Martin Aeronautical Employees’ Reaching Out (LM AERO)

Muskin Family Foundation

Victor J. Roberts


Newborn Puppy Sponsorship — $1,000

Keith & Cynthia Anderson

Sharon L. Buck

Capital Z Services, LLC

Major Kim Davey

Mark E. Dickinson

Bruce Dietrich

The Gibney Family Foundation

Earl B. Gilmore Foundation

Lori K. Jennings

Beverly J. Johnson

Palmer Langdon

Andrew and Lydia Mays in memory of Sullivan

Ernest Meadows



Robert Ruby

Carol George-Stewart


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