Wishing you and yours a safe and Happy Holiday!
As we near the end of 2016, we think back on all the wonderful things this year brought to Soldier’s Best Friend. Through the incredible support of many of you, a new state-of-the-art training campus is home to many of our veteran/dog teams as they learn the ins and outs of becoming qualified for service dog status. We are so thankful to The Dorrance Family Foundation for their generous matching gift challenge grant that was key to raising the needed funding to complete construction. Many other foundations, civic groups, American Legions, other veteran groups, businesses, families and individuals contributed their gifts to help meet the challenge and make the training campus possible. Thank you, thank you, thank you!
Another milestone this year was reaching the mark of 150 graduates. Congratulations to each and every one of these teams for their dedication to reach this goal. It is a huge commitment taking hours and hours of hard work to be able to pass the Public Access Test and graduate. But it’s so worth it. The stories we hear about the lives changed will warm your heart. One of the projects for 2017 is to add more new testimonials from our graduates so you can hear in their words how your gifts are changing lives.
Our Grand Opening for the new training campus was held on November 3. The weather had been perfect for weeks and, of course, it started raining just as guests were arriving. Thank you to the brave souls who came to be part of this important occasion. We also thank the Glendale Chamber of Commerce who provided a ribbon cutting ceremony. Thanks to the musicians of The New Deal for entertaining us and Babbo’s Catering for providing the delicious food.
Our annual Sporting Clay event and Golf Tournament were both successful this year, raising funds to support teams in our program. Thanks to all the participants, sponsors, volunteers and other supporters who had a part in this success. We look forward to hosting both of these events in 2017 and hope you will join us.
There are many more wonderful things that came our way this year and, if you were a part of it, we thank you. We recognize how fortunate we are to have such dedicated volunteers, donors, trainers, sponsors and supporters. You are critical to the success story. Whether you know if or not, you are making a lasting impact in many lives. So during this holiday season of celebration, we celebrate you, and wish you all the best for a happy holiday.