2016 Lighthouse Guild LightYears Gala To Honor Guide Dog Foundation and America’s VetDogs

The Lighthouse Guild, a not-for-profit vision and healthcare organization, will honor the Guide Dog Foundation and America's VetDogs at it's Annual Gala next week.

The Gala, chaired by James M. Dubin, Chairman of Lighthouse Guild and Dennis B. Sprung, President and CEO of the American Kennel Club, will also honor Marios Damianides, Advisory Partner and Cyber Security Practice Lead, Ernst & Young LLP and Jane G. Rittmaster and Lawrence A. Yannuzzi, MD, Recognizing Directors Emeriti.

The Lighthouse Guild LightYears Gala salutes individuals and organizations whose vision and philanthropic spirit transform lives. The organization has a long-standing heritage of addressing the needs of people who are blind or visually impaired including those with multiple disabilities or chronic medical conditions. Their innovative and comprehensive approach helps people achieve and maintain the highest possible level of function and independence.

Certainly, it is clear why the Guide Dog Foundation and America's VetDogs have been chosen for recognition. These organizations, at their core, are driven to provide assistance to those who need it most and make an important difference in our society every single day.

Guide Dog Foundation's mission is to "improve the quality of life for people who are blind, have low vision, or have other special needs." For 70 years now, the foundation has trained and placed guide and service dogs to individuals who need them free of charge.

With these guide and service dogs, recipients have increased independence, enhanced mobility, and true companionship.

America's VetDogs was founded as part of the Guide Dog Foundation to assist those who have dedicated their lives to the public: veterans, active service members, and first-responders. VetDogs trains and places dogs for individuals who are blind or have low vision; PTSD service dogs to help mitigate the effects of post-traumatic stress disorder; hearing dogs for those who have lost their hearing later in life; service dogs for those with other physical disabilities, and facility dogs as part of the rehabilitation process in military and VA hospitals.

This wide-variety of services provides our veterans with enhanced mobility and renewed independence.

“It is an honor to join the Lighthouse Guild organization in celebrating both the Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind and America’s VetDogs," said co-chair Dennis B. Sprung. "The work that these three organizations do is invaluable to our society. Because of their dedication and unwavering commitment, our veterans and our disabled citizens can have the support they need to have fulfilling lives.”

Congratulations to the recipients, and thank you for your hard work and dedication in your fields.

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