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East and South Bay chapters help raise over $51,000

On January 23 and 24, puppy raisers and graduates from the East and South Bay were at the National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) convention at Moscone Center, San Francisco.

For the past 4 years, NADA's charitable foundation has made a generous donation to Canine Companions for Independence, and ADESA (an auto auction services company) has held an auction with the proceeds going to Canine Companions.

On Saturday morning, NADA presented Canine Companions with a check for $10,000. Later in the afternoon, ADESA auctioned a Harley-Davidson motorcycle for $20,000 which was donated to Canine Companions. The winner of the past two ADESA auctions did not bid, but instead matched the winning bid for an additional $20,000 donation. All he asked in return was to be able to pet the puppies.

Finally a dog bowl was passed around for cash donations. At last count, over $1,600 had been put into the dog bowl. So we helped raise over $51,600 for Canine Companions! Having the dogs around really helped motivate donors.

This was a great experience for our Canine Companions puppies. They got to ride on BART, CALTRAIN and/or MUNI, got lots of greetings, got to see some very big checks, and did extended "downs" on a variety surfaces, from shiny tile (that none of them liked), to plush carpeted floors (that all of them loved). They had lots of distractions, including listening to the auctioneer talk very loud and fast, walking through crowds, and having a large check fall on them.

The attendees at this convention were all extremely nice, loved dogs and were extremely generous.

You can see photos of our volunteers at the convention here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/126891699@N06/sets/72157650060619657/

Thank you to the volunteers and especially to NADA!

Photos: Mimi Niemiller, Ann Weitz, Dave Lasker