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Guide Dog Puppy Sponsorship Fundraiser

Your support is truly appreciated

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  • Growing Up Guide!
    Filmed by one of our volunteers, the video chronicles the first 8 weeks of a labrador litter's life. Turn your sound on, the music adds so much!
  • Puppy Walking
  • Milton Berle Guide Dog PSA
    In honor of our 65th Anniversary, here is one of our oldest Public Service Announcements speaking is Milton Berle.
  • Puppy Raising
    This video discusses being a puppy raiser for the Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind. Please consider applying today. Visit www.guidedog.org for details.
  • Adult Guide and Puppy
    Yellow Golden Retriever in Guide Dog harness standing with a 10 week old yellow Cross laying down in the yellow puppy-in-training jacket.
  • Guide Dog in Training
  • Puppy in Harness
    10 week old yellow lab sitting in adult guide harness.
  • Puppy with Heart
    8 week old balck lab with a double heart decoration sitting in front of him.
Bridget McElroy
$6,450.00
[100 % of goal]
$6,000.00
My Message
I'M IN!

I have been waiting five long years to utter those two words. I have cursed the ING NYC Marathon every year that my $11 lottery entrance fee was spent to receive yet another rejection letter, instead of the right to run 26.2 miles on the hard streets of New York City. I’ve harbored jealous sentiments every time a friend, or a friend of a friend, or a stranger on the street talked about their pending run in the NYC Marathon in 2009... and 2010... and 2011. And last year I cried when the race I was finally granted a spot in, was cancelled 48 hours prior to the event due to terrible aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.

But it's a new year and I'm back in the running - quite literally.

The date of this year’s race, November 3rd, marks the two-year anniversary of my sister Theresa’s retinal reattachment surgery; the outcome of that surgery decided whether she would regain vision in her left eye or lose it altogether. Her surgery was successful, and though the damage to the center vision in her eye may never be perfect, she is not blind. My sister’s near encounter with blindness not only struck a chord within my family because we realized how precious the gift of vision is - but because for over a decade my family has volunteered as puppy walkers for future guide dogs, taking sweet puppies into our home and returning them to the foundation a year later, our empty arms filled with the hope that these puppies would become dogs that will not only give their owners a chance at second sight, but the chance at a second life.

Our involvement with the foundation, Theresa’s near vision loss, and the fact this race marks the two-year anniversary of that surgery makes it a no-brainer for me to give added weight to my 26.2 mile journey. So not only am I committing to running the marathon, but I am pledging to fundraise money to sponsor a guide dog puppy for the blind.

I am looking to fundraise $6,000 - the cost of sponsoring one puppy for the blind. One $6,000 contribution to the Foundation can help defray some of the costs to breed, train, and place a guide or service dog with a person who is blind or visually impaired. Help me make this happen!

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My Donors



I would like to remain an anonymous donor.  
$500.00

 
I would like to remain an anonymous donor.  
$500.00

 
Margaret Yale 
$172.52

 
Darrin Geraffo 
$150.00

 
Bracelet$ McElroy 
$145.00

 
Mark McElroy 
$120.00

 
Theresa McElroy 
$100.00

 
Lauren Boston 
$100.00

 
Monica Hannon McCreedy 
$100.00

 
Cliff Lungaretti 
$100.00

 
Mary McElroy 
$100.00

 
Cam Jones 
$100.00

 
I would like to remain an anonymous donor.  
$100.00

 
Lisa Thannhauser 
$100.00

 
Mickey Yale 
$100.00

 
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$100.00

 
AM Yale 
$100.00

 
Liz & Kevin Appenzeller/Delandtsheer 
$60.00

 
Ida Klepper 
$50.00

 
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$50.00

 
Jocelyn Yale 
$50.00

 
I would like to remain an anonymous donor.  
$50.00

 
John Pilosi 
$50.00

 
Hayley Prim 
$50.00

 
Jocelyn Yale 
$50.00

 
Steven Salsberg 
$50.00

 
Ed McKirdy 
$50.00

 
Alison McCabe 
$50.00

 
Road Builders of Catan Laborer's Local 252  
$41.73

 
Jen Minchik 
$40.00

 
Bracelet Money 
$40.00

 
sara clark 
$35.00

 
Tiffany Koudelka 
$30.00

 
Sara Coleman 
$30.00

 
Stephanie Juchs 
$30.00

 
Theresa McElroy 
$25.00

 
Chuck Minchik 
$25.00

 
Mary Sasso 
$25.00

 
Louise Minchik 
$25.00

 
Mary McElroy 
$25.00

 
Joe Minchik 
$25.00

 
Marty Nguyen 
$25.00

 
Michael Maniaci 
$25.00

 
Matt Hevia 
$20.00

 
Terry Pierce 
$20.00

 
Christine Gentile 
$20.00

 
Margaret Yale 
$20.00

 
Hayley Prim 
$20.00

 
Joe Minchik 
$15.00

 
Giacomo Concordia 
$10.00

 
Jayson Kiang 
$10.00

 
Bridget Atlantis 
$5.00

 
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Kara Sharkey 

 
Melanie Neary 

 
Tracy Dobie 

 
Daniel Strein 

 
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P.J. Kinsella 

 
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CJ Santaniello 

 
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Lauren Oliver 

 
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Joe Minchik 

 
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