Dogs for the Deaf, Inc. (DFD) has embarked on its first-ever crowdfunding campaign to raise $12,500 for the remodeling an existing room that will serve as a demonstration room for people who visit to learn more about the organization.
Dogs for the Deaf staff and volunteers arrived in the Big Apple eager to reveal our extraordinary organization to NYC and revel in the fanfare of our special dogs’ recognition for all they do. From the moment we arrived we could feel the energy and taste the excitement of the country’s largest stage, Manhattan.
The Helen Mills Event Space amazed us with it chic sense of dizzy style. The building itself seemed alive with its blazing, larger than life banners enticing all of NYC to enter this world of a larger than life cause: Dogs for the Deaf. The scene ‘to be seen’ was set and the green carpet rolled out to welcome our new friends.
Once inside, Dogs for the Deaf immediately came to life for these special guests, with both our amazing dogs and clients smiling down at them from every vantage point. Canine center pieces whispered, “This bone’s for you!”
Our guest of honor was Ginger, a beautiful and classy Black Lab. A dually trained Hearing Dog and Autism Assistance Dog, Ginger was the perfect pooch to represent Dogs for the Deaf. She’d done an amazing job at our 2012 event, Hooray for HollyWOOF, showing off her stuff for Betty White and she brought her class act to the event in NYC, as well.
An elegant mix of supporters and celebrities began flowing in. There was no shortage of striking new friends who were all abuzz about our dogs, our clients, and our programs. Our delightful emcee, Julie Klausner, welcomed everyone and kicked off the program. For our new friends we painted a picture of how we rescue, train, and place our magnificent dogs. But, words can only paint so much of this grand picture.
When it was Ginger’s turn in the spotlight, she did not disappoint in illustrating the life changing impact a dog can have on a client. On cue, she demonstrated the amazing work our dogs do every day, all over America. Waking a client in the middle of the night when their baby cries or a smoke alarm sounds are just two examples that made evident the importance of dogs like Ginger. Great work, girl! If ‘to see is to believe,’ Ginger created many believers (and supporters) that evening.
As our new friends were leaving after our spectacular evening, it didn’t feel like the end of an event. It felt like the beginning of many beautiful, long-term relationships. Relationships that will have amazing positive effects for the dogs we rescue and the clients we serve for years to come.
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Dogs for the Deaf partnered with ANIMAL HAVEN for this event! Click on their logo below to visit their website and see all of the terrific work they do.
Animal Haven is a New York nonprofit organization that finds homes for abandoned cats and dogs throughout the New York Tri-State area, and provides behavior intervention when needed to improve chances of adoption. Founded in 1967, Animal Haven operates an adoption center in Manhattan. They also provide programs that enhance the bond between animals and people. Animal Haven is a 501 (c) 3 organization.
ASL interpreting services for this event provided by LIME INTERPRETING of Long Island, NY.