23rd Annual Tales & Tails Gala Was the “Must See Gala” in Central FloridaVoted “Two Paws Up” by Critics November 12, 2019
Orlando, FL.....On October 26 more than 700 community leaders, valued partners and special guests gathered to support the mission of Canine Companions for Independence during the Tales & Tails Gala held at the Rosen Shingle Creek. The event celebrated and honored Canine Companions as the organization with the best assistance dogs, the best trainers, the best recipients and best puppy raisers.
Guests enjoyed a night of delicious cuisine, live and silent auctions, entertainment and inspiring stories. The event shattered all fundraising goals and raised more than $800,000. Thanks to gala co-chairs Mary Taylor Jacobs, Paul Richards, Robin Sanchez and Trish Walsh for their leadership.
Major event sponsors are: World of Beer, Anne Gittinger, Rosen Shingle Creek, Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation, ABC Fine Wine & Spirits, Coca Cola Beverages Florida, MLB Creative, SunDance, Harris Rosen Foundation, SeaWorld Parks & Resorts Orlando, Fonda & Don Cerenzio, Trish & Rick Walsh and BLD Group, LLC.
Canine Companions assistance dogs are provided free of charge, though costs exceed $50,000 to breed, raise, train, and provide ongoing support. Charitable contributions, grants, special events, and corporate support fund the substantial costs involved with this process.
Canine Companions has its own breeding program in Santa Rosa, CA. When the puppies are eight-weeks old they are placed with volunteer puppy raisers across the country who teach them up to 30 basic commands. When the puppy is approximately 18-months old the puppy raiser returns the dog to one of Canine Companions regional training centers for six months of professional training.
About Canine Companions for Independence
Canine Companions for Independence is a non-profit organization that enhances the lives of people with disabilities by providing highly trained assistance dogs and ongoing support to ensure quality partnerships. It is the largest non-profit organization in the world that provides assistance dogs for people with disabilities. The Southeast Region of Canine Companions for Independence serves Florida, Georgia, Alabama, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Louisiana and Mississippi. For more information contact the Southeast Regional Center at 1-800-572-BARK, or visit www.cci.org
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