Walkers and Ice Skaters Help Guide Dog Foundation Gross over $50,000 at Annual Long Island Fundraiser 


Guide Dog Foundation directs event proceeds towards training and placement of specially trained guide dogs to people who are blind or have low vision

SMITHTOWN, NY (September 1, 2016) — The Guide Dog Foundation holds its annual Stroll & Skate dog walk and ice skating event (Stroll.GuideDog.org) on Sunday, September 25, 2016 at The Rinx in Hauppauge, NY. Registration is now open and sponsorship opportunities are available for this rewarding fundraiser that helps raise funds to train and place guide dogs with people who are blind or have low vision. The event, sponsored by Melville-based Marchon Eyewear, will also offer family activities, various merchant tents, service dog demonstrations, music, and guest speakers who have received specially trained guide dogs from the Foundation. Registration opens at 9:00a.m., the dog walk begins at 10:30a.m and the ice skating begins at 11:00a.m.

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. 

Ice Skating
Ice skating at the Rinx will be available between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.  Event registration includes skate rental and ice time.  (Don't feel like skating?  Receive a pass and come back to skate.  Pass valid until October 31, 2016)

A free BBQ lunch with admission includes hamburger or hot dog, chips & fountain drink offered between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. on event day.

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 22 to receive a free 2016 Stroll & Roll t-shirt. 

About the Guide Dog Foundation
For more than 65 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 over $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