May 13, 2009 - $100,000 Awarded by Helmsley Trust

May 13, 2009 - $100,000 Awarded by Helmsley Trust

Canine Companions for Independence (CCI) is pleased to be the recipient of a $100,000 grant from the Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust.

Ms Helmsley’s special relationship with her dog, Trouble, was legendary. It included her making provisions to provide for Trouble’s care after her death.

Canine Companions for Independence is no stranger to the special bond between humans and dogs.  The nonprofit is dedicated to enhancing the lives of individuals with disabilities by providing them with highly trained assistance dogs. The funds will be used to support the costs related to training and placing assistance dogs with children and adults with disabilities.

“We are so proud to be part of such an historic charitable announcement,” said Pat Callahan, national director of development and marketing. “We value the human-animal bond and the benefits it brings – just as Ms Helmsley had a special bond with her dog Trouble. It’s fitting that our graduate teams will benefit from Ms Helmsley’s love for dogs.”

Canine Companions has provided over 3000 assistance dogs to enhance the lives of people with disabilities. There’s no doubt that Trouble must have changed Mrs. Helmsley’s life, just as assistance dogs provide life-changing abilities to their human partners.

Headquartered in Santa Rosa, CA at the Jean and Charles Schulz campus, the Schulz family has been longtime supporters of Canine Companions. Jean Schulz, Canine Companions National Board Member, assisted them in approaching the trust last year, crafting a special letter to Trouble Helmsley from none other than Snoopy himself.

“We are honored to receive this grant,” shares Canine Companions CEO Corey Hudson. “It speaks to the quality of our work to be selected for a Helmsley Trust gift.”

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