(Palmetto, Fla.)—This year, Southeastern Guide Dogs invites everyone to bring their friends, their dogs, and their friends’ dogs to the five exciting locations of our 2019 Walkathon events.
While we walk the family-friendly, dog-friendly 3K routes of Walkathon, we’ll also be attempting to break the world record for THE MOST DOGS WEARING A BANDANA AT A SINGLE EVENT.
And we’ll be making an impact for people with vision loss and veterans with disabilities. Walkathon is the largest fundraiser of the year for Southeastern Guide Dogs, and every penny raised makes a difference for the people we serve. This year’s goal is to raise $1.3 million dollars.
In addition to the walks, each Walkathon venue will offer an array of delicious food, a beer garden, live entertainment, music and shopping from a variety of vendors.
“Whether you raise funds for our mission or simply bring your dog to participate in the world record bandana attempt, you are making a difference,” says CEO Titus Herman. “We count on our Walkathons to help us breed, raise, train and match our world class dogs with people whose lives will be transformed with new levels of independence, freedom and hope. Join us for the fun and the mission because every dog—and every person—counts!”
Walkathon is presented by Progressive. Here are the five 2019 locations:
701 Bay Shore Drive NE
Suncoast (a combined location for Sarasota, Bradenton and Lakewood Ranch)
Nathan Benderson Park
5851 Nathan Benderson Circle, Sarasota
Cranes Roost Park
11500 Fenway South Drive
Al Lopez Park
For more information and to start or join a Walkathon fundraising team, go to www.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 skilled companion dogs for people with visual impairments, veterans with disabilities, and children with significant challenges such as vision loss or loss of a parent in the military.
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.