San Francisco, CA. Guide Dogs for the Blind (GDB) hosted its annual Canine Heroes Gala on October 29th. This year the event took place at The Ritz-Carlton in San Francisco where 400 people attended and raised $725,000 to support the nonprofit organization’s life-changing mission.
All of GDB’s services are free to clients and the organization receives no government funding, which makes events like the Canine Heroes Gala such pivotal fundraisers. Guests enjoyed dinner and fine wine while Theresa Stern, VP of Interdisciplinary Client Services and Engagement with Guide Dog Wills, guided them through an inspirational program featuring keynote speaker Aria Loberti, client and actor in the upcoming Netflix adaptation of the acclaimed novel All the Light We Cannot See.
The work of the organization is done on its Boring, Oregon campus as well as its San Rafael, CA campus.
From Guide Dogs for the Blind:
Guide Dogs for the Blind is a passionate community that prepares highly qualified guide dogs to empower individuals who are blind or visually impaired to move through the world more safely and confidently. GDB not only improves mobility for its clients, but it also furthers inclusion and advocates for policy reforms that change how the world views blindness.