Walkathon in St. Petersburg at Vinoy Park
500 Bay Shore Drive NE, St. Petersburg, FL 33701
Date: February 25
Time: 8:30 a.m. festivities begin
9:45 a.m. opening ceremonies
10:00 a.m. 3K Walk Kick-off
11:00 a.m. Raffle drawing
What: Southeastern Guide Dogs is holding another tail-wagging, family-friendly Walkathon, their biggest fundraiser of the year, and this year marks the 31st anniversary. Come see the excitement as thousands of participants lace up their shoes, grab their dogs’ leashes, and head out to support a worthwhile cause. All 2017 Walkathons are presented by Publix and Publix PAWSs, a free Publix program for pet parents.
What to expect: Family-and dog-friendly atmosphere with local sponsors, food, shopping, music, crowds, four-legged friends, and extensive opportunities for vivid imagery and dynamic camera appeal. Walkathons are a 3K, noncompetitive walk.
Why: Southeastern Guide Dogs, a 501(c)3 non-profit, relies on the generosity of the community to provide extraordinary guide dogs, service dogs, and services at no charge to the visually impaired and veterans living with post-traumatic stress disorder.
Further information may be found at www.guidedogswalkathon.org.
About Southeastern Guide Dogs
Southeastern Guide Dogs transforms lives by creating and nurturing extraordinary partnerships between people and dogs. Employing the latest in canine development and behavior research, the national organization trains guide dogs, service dogs and companion dogs for people living with significant challenges including those with visual impairments and veterans with disabilities.
All of Southeastern Guide Dogs’ services – which include selective breeding and expert dog training; comprehensive on-campus student instruction; and lifetime graduate follow-up – are provided at no cost to the recipients. The charity relies 100% on private donations and receives no government funding. Southeastern Guide Dogs has the distinction of being dually accredited by the two premier, global accreditation bodies: the International Guide Dog Federation and Assistance Dogs International. www.GuideDogs.org
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