Thanks to your votes, Fidelco Guide Dog “Xxon” has won the Guide Dog category of the Hero Dog Awards and now advances to the final round: The Top 8! He and SSgt Mike Malarsie, USAF (Ret) will be walking the red carpet in Beverly Hills this fall to find out if Xxon is named the 2014 Hero Dog — and they need YOUR votes every day now through September 15th at www.herodogawards.org. Please share and help Mike & Xxon win funds to support Fidelco’s life-changing mission!
On the last Monday of May – Memorial Day – America formally pays its respects in community celebrations and private tributes to the departed guardians of our peace and freedom.
Our nation’s dedicated military heroes deserve no less – and so much more. It is these brave souls who keep freedom and independence alive. Our country is eternally grateful to those who gave all so that we may enjoy life’s triumphs and survive life’s tragedies. We mourn their passing and grieve alongside their families and friends.
It is said that time heals all wounds. For the battlefield-blinded, it simply does not. There is no cure for blindness. There is only the hope that Fidelco and its supporters will take up their cause to provide our life-changing and life-saving German Shepherd Guide Dogs to the sightless sentinels of freedom and independence.
More than 160,000 blind veterans live in America. Approximately 17% of all wounded veterans returning from Afghanistan and Iraq suffer traumatic eye injury, including penetrating damage from IEDs. You are their hope. You are their families’ hope for a new normal. You are their guardian angels after the battlefield action has passed and the challenges of living in a world that presumes the ability of everyone to see are just beginning.
Today and every day, please remember our fallen military heroes and first responders. And please support the brave men and women actively serving today.
Thank you for supporting Fidelco’s charitable mission of hope and independence for men and women who are blind.
Eliot D. Russman
CEO and Executive Director
Remember the Fallen. Honor the Living. Support your hero and Fidelco today by purchasing an American flag in our Field of Flags at http://www.fidelco.org/honoryourhero or clicking on the photo above.
The South Windsor Lions Club hosted its 32nd Annual Golf Tournament on May 6 at Blackledge Country Club in Hebron with a portion of the proceeds benefitting Fidelco. After 18 holes of championship golf, the winning foursome were (l-r) Volunteer Puppy Raiser Dave Rutherford with “Harper,” Bill Hill, Jim Tilley and Volunteer Puppy Raiser Bob Burgess with “Disco.” Thanks for a great day! #ShareTheVision
On, April 16, Hoffman employees, Maria Garcia and Susan Lane, visited Fidelco Guide Dog Foundation for a tour and got a glimpse into how the remarkable German Shepherd Guide Dogs are raised, trained and matched with blind clients.
Garcia and Lane’s first-hand experience required complete trust during a blindfold walk with Macey, Fidelco Guide Dog. Macey navigated obstacles on the course as well as up and over steps and curbs. Guide dogs are taught to think they are 6′ tall and 3′ wide so they don’t lead their client under a low hanging branch or other object. “I have a greater appreciation for people who are blind and the trust they must have in their dog. My five-minute trust-walk doesn’t come close to daily living experiences of blind individuals, but it gave me the opportunity to understand the importance of a trusting bond between guide dog and client,” stated Susan. “They are truly amazing dogs,” she continued, “The stories of people who benefit from the devotion and service of guide dogs are heartwarming. More people need to hear them – but, be sure to bring tissues and wear waterproof mascara.”
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Get those ears perked up! Tune in to “Connecticut News & Views” on WFIF 1500AM this Saturday, April 12th at 8 a.m. as host Jon Vaught interviews Fidelco’s CEO Eliot Russman about Fidelco’s life-changing mission and upcoming Open House.
For local listings visit http://lifechangingradio.com or simply click on the puppy!
VERNON, Conn. — Suburban Subaru of Vernon announced the results of its “Share The Love, Share The Vision®” campaign to support Connecticut’s own Fidelco Guide Dog Foundation. Subaru of America presented a check for nearly $14,000 to Fidelco in support of its life-changing mission to breed, train and place its unique breed of German Shepherd Guide Dogs for men and women who are blind.
The money was raised during Subaru of America’s sixth annual “Share the Love” event, during which each customer who bought or leased a new Subaru had the opportunity to designate a $250 donation from Subaru to charity. Five national charities were selected by Subaru of America, and individual Subaru retailers were allowed to add a sixth charity from their local community.
Suburban Subaru partnered with Fidelco, a decision clearly embraced by the dealership’s customer base. More than half of Suburban’s customers chose to designate Subaru’s donation to Fidelco, resulting in a fundraising success that exceeded expectations.
“It takes two years, 15,000 hands-on hours and $45,000 to produce and place each Fidelco Guide Dog, and they’re given at no cost to our clients,” said Fidelco CEO and Executive Director Eliot Russman. “Thanks to Subaru of America, Suburban Subaru and its customers, a blind client will receive a life-changing guide dog partner. We’re eager to make the telephone call saying, ‘We have a Fidelco Guide Dog for you.’”
“This was the first year that Subaru asked dealers to choose a hometown charity option, and we were thrilled to be able to partner with Fidelco,” said Peter Krause, President of Suburban Subaru. “Fidelco is changing lives across North America, and they’re headquartered right here in Connecticut, employing our friends and neighbors and giving back to the community. Our customers appreciate that, and they love Fidelco’s mission.”
Subaru of America officials have said they expect to donate $10 million to charities in 2014 as part of the “Share the Love” campaign, which has provided $35 million in donations over the last six years.
Since its founding in 1960, Fidelco remains the only Connecticut-headquartered guide dog school. The non-profit organization relies solely on the gifts and the generosity of individuals, foundations, corporations and civic organizations to help it Share the Vision®. For more information visit http://www.fidelco.org.
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Special Promotion through 3/31!
From now through 3/31/14, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate an extra $5 for each customer who makes an eligible purchase at smile.amazon.com in support of Fidelco Guide Dog Foundation! This is in addition to the regular donation of 0.5% of the purchase price!
For more information click on the puppy or visit https://www.fidelco.org/AmazonSmile