Will your dog be wearing the record-breaking bandana?
SARASOTA, Fla. —September 12, 2018— This year, there’s another great reason to bring your family, two-legged friends and four-legged, furry companions to Southeastern Guide Dogs’ 2019 Walkathons, in five exciting locations.
This year, Southeastern Guide Dogs is going for Guinness! Every dog counts in the attempt to break a Guinness World Record for the most dogs wearing bandanas at a single event. It’s a super challenge for our super-sized fundraising campaign that brings in more than one million dollars per year! You provide the dogs. We’ll provide the bandanas.
Walkathon is a free, kid-adult-and dog-friendly event that includes a 3K walk and a Waggin’ Tails Festival, complete with live music, a beer garden, food trucks, a doggie zone, kids’ corner, vendor fair and a raffle drawing.
All proceeds from Walkathon benefit the programs that create and nurture a partnership between the visually impaired and veterans with disabilities, creating mobility, independence, dignity and hope for those who cannot see, and those who have seen too much. The organization never charges for its services and receives no government funding.
Our extraordinary dogs are true superheroes, because they transform the lives of people with vision loss and veterans with disabilities, forever,” said CEO Titus Herman. “Everyone’s participation in one or more Walkathons makes an impact. Whether you raise funds for our mission or simply come out for the fun, you’ll be supporting a great cause.”
St. Petersburg | February 23 | Vinoy Park
Suncoast | March 16 | Nathan Benderson Park
Bradenton, Lakewood Ranch, and Sarasota
Orlando | April 13 | Cranes Roost Park
Fort Myers | April 13 | jetBlue Park
Tampa | April 27 | Al Lopez Park
Virtual | Choose your own date
A complete guide to Walkathon is at GuideDogsWalkathon.org
About Southeastern Guide Dogs
Southeastern Guide Dogs transforms lives by creating and nurturing extraordinary partnerships between people and dogs. The organization employs some of the most talented and innovative scientists and trainers in the working-dog industry and operates the most advanced training facilities of any service dog organization in the world. Our experts train 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 and conditioning; comprehensive on-campus student instruction; and lifetime alumni support—are provided at no cost to the recipients. The charity relies 100 percent 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. Learn more at www.GuideDogs.org.