On this day of remembrance and gratitude, we celebrate the men and women who have bravely served our nation and fought to maintain our freedoms. For some the fight continues, long after they return home. We encourage everyone to be aware of the internal battles that veterans may face. Today, and everyday, we thank all veterans for your service, courage, and strength.
An exciting milestone reached! We’re proud to share that a total of 150 veteran/dog teams have successfully completed our service dog training program. Congratulations to the 17 teams who accomplished their goals and graduated this week. Below are a some of these teams’ graduation portraits. Thank you Victory Fotos for capturing these special moments and your dedication to SBF and the veteran/dog teams we serve.
We’ve posted a few sample photos of the graduation ceremony on our Facebook page. Watch for more next week.
The goal of raising $250,000 to meet the Dorrance Family Foundation Matching Gift Challenge was reached. Thank you to everyone who contributed to the Matching Gift Challenge to help make the dream of a Soldier’s Best Friend training campus become a reality. Your gift will have a lasting impact for veterans, their families and homeless Arizona dogs.
Wishing everyone a happy and safe 4th of July! Thank you to all the veterans who sacrificed for our country to protect our freedom. Our Facebook page has good information for helping pets who react to fireworks. If you are a veteran, family or friend of a veteran who is struggling with the holiday, the VA Crisis Line is available 24/7 with confidential support. See contact information below.
Sponsorship opportunities are open to support the 6th Annual Soldier’s Best Friend Golf Tournament. Come on board now to take full advantage of all your sponsorship benefits. Questions? Contact Soldier’s Best Friend at 623.218.6486 or email@example.com.
Thank you for considering a sponsorship to support this important fundraiser and, more importantly, to support our brave veterans and their canine partners.
As we pause on Memorial Day to honor the service men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice while defending our country, let’s also remember our military veterans who came back home and now live with their wounds of war. Many need our help, and the need will continue for the foreseeable future. In Arizona alone, it is estimated that more than 120,000 veterans are affected by PTSD. We ask you to consider supporting our mission. You can significantly impact the lives of veterans, their families and communities, and rescued dogs. You can truly make a difference.
Congratulations to the eight veteran/dog teams who recently graduated the SBF service dog training program. This raises our total to 126 graduate teams. Congratulations to all of these hard working veterans and service dogs. Thank you to our trainers for helping them reach this goal.
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
Lighting and Signage
Complete minor improvements to existing administrative office
Benefits of Training Center:
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