Executive Director Message

Executive Director Message – September 2017

Sarah Clapp and Palmer

As much as I would like to report that the end of summer is in sight, we will be launching into September with 110+ temperatures for the coming week. As hot as it is, we are not deterred from an exciting season ahead of us.

Your gifts have again made it possible... Six eager clients will make their way to Guide Dogs of the Desert's campus on September 17 for four weeks of intensive training with their custom trained guide dog. The training staff has been working diligently to prepare the dogs for their career in service to their handler, providing safe mobility, enhanced independence and companionship. Graduation is set for Saturday, October 14th at 12:00 noon and we do hope you are able to celebrate with us.

It is also a pleasure to announce that the Doyle Wellness Center reconstruction and Puppy Development Center project have been signed off by Riverside County and the Canine Development and Training departments are fully operational, bringing back the medical treatment and care of the puppies and dogs to the campus. Prest Vuksic Architects and DW Johnston Construction had their work cut out for them, to bring the projects to code. They did a phenomenal job and we are so grateful for their diligence and attention to detail that provided a wonderful environment for the care of the dogs.

Plans are already underway for some events during the social season that will greatly benefit Guide Dogs, with major emphasis in December: 8th Annual Agua Caliente Charity Golf Tournament on Friday December 8th, from which we are grateful recipient; Barry Manilow's Give of Love Concerts December 12, 13, 15, 16, 17 at the McCallum Theatre; and the 6th Annual Santa Paws 5k Run (Saturday, December 16) under the coordination of Molly Thorpe and her volunteers. Other events follow after the first of the year: Through the Eyes of Love concert featuring Lorna Luft on Wednesday, February 14, 2018 co-chaired by Stacy and Jim Jacob; and Dog Day Afternoon – always a springtime favorite, is again sponsored by Yvonne and Steve Maloney at Smoke Tree Ranch on Monday, April 2.

Thank you for your consideration, participation and generous support that keeps us going.

All the best as we head into the last quarter of 2017!

Sarah Clapp
Executive Director

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