Matching Gift Challenge

Matching Gift Challenge

The Dorrance Family Foundation Matching Gift Challenge
Double Your Gift – Double Your Impact
Challenge Deadline: September 15, 2016

For every donation made by September 15, 2016 designated for the training campus, The Dorrance Family Foundation will match it dollar-for-dollar up to $250,000. This challenge grant gives supporters the opportunity to double the impact of their donations.

Estimated cost of the Soldier’s Best Friend Training Campus construction project is $750,000. Reaching the goal of The Dorrance Family Foundation Matching Gift Challenge provides the remaining funding needed for construction. Help build the first dedicated training campus for the veterans and dogs in the SBF service dog training program. Your gift will have a lasting impact on these brave heroes, both human and canine, now and for many years in the future.

Description of Project:
Construction of a 4640 sq. ft. training center. Most of the interior space will be flexible and open to accommodate veteran/dog team training sessions. Plans include a small office, reception area, storage, kennel/grooming space. The campus will include: training building, parking lot, open outdoor training space, small administrative office/meeting space.
Capital Project Funding Needs:
  • Construction of training center
  • Building a parking lot
  • Fencing
  • Landscaping
  • Lighting and Signage
  • Complete minor improvements to existing administrative office


Benefits of Training Center:TBldgCampus2

  • Serve more veterans per year
  • Rescue more Arizona homeless dogs
  • Increase training hours per week
  • More flexibility in training schedule
  • Offer extended hours for evening and weekend training
  • Provide temporary housing for rescued dogs while in transition
  • Option to partially pretrain dogs in certain circumstances
  • Provide onsite training classes for fosters
  • Create a new community resource
  • Expand volunteer engagement opportunities

Watch Fox 10 News Interview

Watch Fox 10 News Interview

One of our teams, Mike and Louie, along with board member, Tobey, were interviewed on the local Fox 10 morning show. They did a great job! Watch interviewhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bGly2xLeY4U

Sporting Clay Event Success

Sporting Clay Event Success

Thanks to everyone who volunteered, participated in or sponsored the SBF Sporting Clay event last Saturday. It was a big success and lots of fun. Watch our Facebook page for photos.

 

SBF on Channel 3

SBF on Channel 3

Did you see Tobey, David and Caleb interviewed on Channel 3 to promote SBF and the Sporting Clay event? Reporter Jared Dillingham has helped us promote this fundraising event two years in a row. Are you registered? Do you know anyone who would like to participate? It’s not too late, but please hurry so we can be prepared.

Link to register for Sporting Clay event: https://soldiersbestfriend.org/sportingclay/

Link to Channel 3 interviewhttp://www.azfamily.com/clip/12316638/soldiers-best-friend-connects-combat-vets-to-trained-dogs

Three News Feature Stories

The Peoria Times newspaper printed a feature story about the SBF Groundbreaking Ceremony in their February 26 issue. The story is also available on their website. Thank you Carolyn Dreyer for attending the event and writing this great story.
http://www.peoriatimes.com/features/article_93e0f9a4-db2f-11e5-b6e7-63f1ca6922ec.html
The Peoria Independent released a story “Peoria nonprofit to help more vets and homeless dogs” by Cecelia Chan on February 28.
http://peoriaindependent.com/news/peoria-nonprofit-to-help-more-vets-and-homeless-dogs/

 

YourWestValley.com posted an article about the recent groundbreaking ceremony.

http://www.yourwestvalley.com/peoria/article_dcecaadc-d9cf-11e5-a25f-ebec52969434.html

 

Groundbreaking 2-18-16

Groundbreaking 2-18-16

Groundbreaking Ceremony – February 18, 2016 – Peoria, AZ

Another milestone reached in the journey toward construction of the first dedicated training campus for our service dog training program. Watch for updates in the coming months.

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Happy New Year

Happy New Year

Happy New Year from everyone at Soldier’s Best Friend. We are looking forward to sharing new developments with you as the year progresses. Watch our website, newsletter and Facebook page for announcements. Follow us on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/SoldiersBestFriend