CYCLISTS AND WALKERS HELP GROSS OVER $50,000

Proceeds go towards training and placement of specially trained guide dogs to people who are blind or have low vision

SMITHTOWN, NY (September 1, 2015) — The Guide Dog Foundation holds its 2nd Annual Stroll & Roll bike ride and dog walk event (Stroll.GuideDog.org) on Sunday, September 27, 2015 at The Rinx in Hauppauge, NY. Registration is now open and sponsorship opportunities are available for this rewarding fundraiser that helps raise both awareness and funds to train and place guide dogs with people who are blind or have low vision. The event, sponsored by Melville-based Marchon Eyewear, and hosted by the Suffolk Bicycle Riders Association, will also offer family activities, various merchant tents, service dog demonstrations, live music, and a guest speaker who received a specially trained guide dog from the Foundation. Registration opens at 7:30a.m., bike rides begin at 8:00a.m and the walk begins at 11:00a.m.

“Having a guide dog changed my life personally and socially,” says event guest of honor Hari Dhoundyial. “I live very active life; love to travel, do things independently – and my guide dog makes it easier. Whether it is bus ride, flying, or walking in the crowded mall, having a guide dog as my eyes allows me to navigate around as though I’ve no visual impairment.”

Bike Ride

Both novice and experienced bikers from all over Long Island and surrounding metro New York communities will enjoy a day of fun and exercise while supporting the Guide Dog Foundation’s mission to improve the quality of life for people who are blind, visually impaired, or who have other special needs by providing guide dogs free of charge.  

Cyclists will leave from The Rinx at Hidden Pond Park in Hauppauge, and travel on fun and exciting routes provided by the Suffolk Bicycle Riders’ Association (SBRA) through central Long Island, ranging from flat terrains for casual riders to challenging courses for experienced bikers.

Rides start at 3 miles and go up to 75 miles. Depending on the length of the ride, cyclists will tour Ronkonkoma, Holtsville, Yaphank, Rocky Point, and Wading River.

Dog Walk

For those interested in the “stroll”, participants can choose to walk as an individual, with their family, or with a team. The 2-mile hike through Hidden Pond Park offers beautiful scenery and colorful fall foliage. Participants do not have to have a dog to participate and all are welcome to join.

The Foundation offers the opportunity for supporters to create their own personalized fundraising page to involve friends, family and their community to support their efforts.

To register, fundraise or learn more about sponsorship opportunities for the event, visit Stroll.GuideDog.org or contact Jaime McGrade at 631-930-9054 or Jaime@guidedog.org. Register by September 10 to receive a free 2015 Stroll & Roll t-shirt.

About the Guide Dog Foundation

For 70 years, the Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind, Inc., has trained and placed guide and service dogs to provide independence, enhanced mobility, and companionship to people who are blind, have low vision, or who have other special needs.  The Guide Dog Foundation is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization that relies on contributions from generous individuals, corporations, service clubs, and foundations to fund its mission to serve people with disabilities. It costs more than $50,000 to breed, raise, train, and place one assistance dog, but the Guide Dog Foundation provides its services completely free of charge to the individual.  

The Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind was the first assistance dog school in the United States to be accredited by both the International Guide Dog Federation and Assistance Dogs International. 

To learn more or to donate, visit www.GuideDog.org.