Did you see us on Good Morning Arizona (local channels 3 and 5) on Wednesday, February 20? Anchor Jaime Cerreta and her cameraman came to our campus in the wee hours to do multiple live segments during the show. She interviewed SBF board member, Marty Park, and one of our graduate teams Dave and Caleb. This was an amazing opportunity to spotlight the important work we do in the community to help combat veterans and Arizona homeless dogs.
Marty shared information about our mission and how our service/therapeutic companion dog training program makes an impact. Dave and Caleb were model representatives of our program. They graduated in 2015 and have stayed engaged with SBF, representing us on many occasions. Dave shared his story, and how life used to be for him compared to now. He says going through the program and having Caleb as his service dog has changed his life for the better. Dave has gone from never leaving his house to being actively involved in multiple veteran groups, and community events.
Good Morning Arizona shared one of the live segments with us. If you missed it, you can watch it now.
Wishing you and yours a safe and Happy Holiday!
As we near the end of 2018, we think back on all the wonderful things this year brought to Soldier’s Best Friend. Through the incredible support of many of you, many teams have successfully completed their training. To date, 258 veteran/dog teams have graduated. That means 516 lives forever changed. Many foundations, civic groups, American Legions, other veteran groups, businesses, families and individuals contributed gifts to make it possible to offer this life-changing program at no cost to the veterans. Thank you, thank you, thank you!
We continue to utilize our beautiful campus in Peoria, AZ. This year, one of our graduates in Sierra Vista gifted SBF building space for training. Now our teams in the southern part of Arizona have dedicated space, giving them the ability to train with fewer distractions. We continue to train in borrowed spaces in our other training areas including, East Valley Phoenix, Tucson, Prescott and Flagstaff.
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 2019 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.
#GivingTuesday is a global day of giving that harnesses the collective power of individuals, communities and organizations to encourage philanthropy and to celebrate generosity worldwide. Following Thanksgiving and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday, this year’s #GivingTuesday will take place on November 27th and will kick off the giving season by inspiring people to collaborate and give back.
Founded in 2012 by the 92nd Street Y – a community and cultural center in New York City − #GivingTuesday inspired millions of people to give back and support the causes they believe in. Over $300 million was raised online to benefit a tremendously broad range of organizations, and much more was given in volunteer hours, donations of food and clothing, and acts of kindness. “We are incredibly inspired by the way the #GivingTuesday community has embraced this concept for a worldwide movement,” said Henry Timms, founder of #GivingTuesday and Executive Director of 92Y. “As we prepare for November 27, we’re energized and encouraged by the community’s generosity. The levels of creativity, effort and the quality of the new ideas people have contributed and shared are phenomenal.”
As we celebrate Thanksgiving and the holiday season, we want to say “thank you” to everyone who has supported Soldier’s Best Friend. Whether you have supported us with a donation, sponsorship, participating in one of our events, or you have given of your time and talent, you have been an integral part of helping us grow and thrive. We sincerely thank you for your gifts.
If you would like to support Soldier’s Best Friend on Giving Tuesday, please make your donation via our website. Your gift will benefit combat veterans and Arizona homeless dogs going through our training program. A combat veteran and their canine partner will learn the tasks and skills they need to navigate as a team in public. Your gift will help provide them with professional training, equipment and tools, veterinary care and the support they need to succeed. Thank you for your generosity on this day of giving.