Monday, October 10, 2011

Walkathon Kick-Off Celebration

Southeastern Guide Dogs hosted a walkathon kick-off celebration for volunteers and visiting Puppy Raisers Area Coordinators who were in town for their annual meeting with the Southeastern Guide Dogs Puppy Services Dept.

The walk is scheduled for Saturday March 3, 2012 at Vinoy Park in downtown St. Petersburg, Florida. Registration opens at 8:30 am, opening ceremonies begin at 9:45 am, the 3K walk kicks-off at 10:00 am, and the event wrap-up is 1:00 pm. There will be food, music, raffles, a silent auction, blindfolded walks with trained dogs, dog massages, and pet friendly vendors. All well behaved dogs on a short leash are welcome. This is the major fundraiser for Southeastern Guide Dogs, a non-profit organization founded in 1982 that matches visually impaired individuals with impeccably trained guide dogs, providing a priceless, independent lifestyle. SEGD breeds, raises, and trains their dogs at the Palmetto, Florida campus. All services are provided at no cost to the students.

Here are a few pictures of the kick-off event:

T-Shirts for the people checking in and green doggie bandanas for the pups.

The on-campus gazebo was the center point of the celebration with music and yummy treats made by Chef Robb.

The best crab cakes this side of Maryland, along with bacon wrapped scallops, pastries filled with fresh asparagus, and chicken on skewers.

Delicious cupcakes.
Bradenton Puppy Raiser's handsome yellow Labrador Millard, now an Ambassador Dog is pictured to the right in the picture above and also on the back of the walkathon
T-Shirts. Way to go, Millard.

Caribbean music and the steel drums added to the party atmosphere.

Tables set up on the lawn under the oak trees made for a nice setting.

Jennifer Bement, PR coordinator takes a picture of handsome yellow Labrador breeder, Sully.

Louise Henry, a Puppy Raiser Area Coordinator from North Carolina enjoys socializing with the volunteers and other Area Coordinators.

Melissa, Ed & Ambassador Dog Duke enjoyed talking with friends they have met through volunteering for Southeastern Guide Dogs.

Ambassador Dog Spirit models her new green walkathon bandana.

Four month old Carbon, a guide dog puppy in training.

PR Coordinator Jennifer Bement, CEO Titus Herman, & Special Events Coordinator Stacey Price pull the winning tickets for the evening's door prizes.

Hunter Hysmith discusses his fund raising efforts with Bradenton Area Coordinator Fran Kramer. Last year he raised enough money to purchase a leather harness for a dog that had been matched in class. For more information on how to donate visit the following website:

The kick-off celebration was a fun evening. We hope to see everyone on March 3, 2012.

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