Vino Bello’s July 23rd “Guide Us to the Wine” Fundraiser a Huge Success


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by Marlaina Lieberg

A quote from www.guidedogs.com:

Attending a graduation ceremony at Guide Dogs for the Blind is one of the best ways to really get acquainted with our program. We advise guests to bring their tissues, because it’s always a moving event, commemorating the efforts of our students and their dogs over their past weeks in class. Puppy raisers say goodbye to their graduating dogs, and the graduating class members bid farewell to return to their homes and families with new partners by their sides.

Marlaina Lieberg and guide dog Agnes

Marlaina Lieberg and guide dog Agnes

To all who participated in the fabulous Guide Us To The Wine 5th Anniversary for Vino Bello and Fundraiser for Guide Dogs for the Blind event, I thank you for your kindness and the gifts of your contributions, your time and your heart! Because you did what you did, we are able to buy 12 harnesses for 12 graduating teams.

These harnesses are expensive, $300 each; they are unique in their construction, and only Guide Dogs for the Blind uses such lightweight and flexible harnesses on their guides.

While I know many of you may be unable to attend, to further thank you for your gifts, I invite you to join Michele and me as we make a formal presentation which reflects your generosity on August 13 at the graduation ceremony held at Guide Dogs for the Blind just outside Portland. You will have a chance to see working guides, and even visit the kennel area to see guides in training. Full campus tours will be available as well.

If you are interested in attending this ceremony which begins at 1:30 PM on August 13, please leave a comment here so I can get you further details.

I cannot express strongly enough how important your participation was in making this fundraiser such a success. Many blind people in the Pacific Northwest move about freely because of our guide dogs, and what you have done is a gift to us all. Guide Dogs for the Blind is wholly supported by people like you; they use no federal or state dollars and are completely privately funded. Once a blind student qualifies for a guide, we have a tuition-free scholarship, which includes training at the facility and any follow-up work we may need throughout the life of each working guide.

If you can join us on August 13, please let me know. I want to be certain to reserve enough seats for folks. Once again, I say a heart-felt thank you for all you did to make this an amazing success for Vino Bello and Guide Dogs for The Blind! Agnes and I value each of you!

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