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Giving Foundation raises money for canines


Charity events help special needs people



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The Tee It Up for Kids golf tournament was held at the Manor Country Club on Tuesday, Oct. 22. Pictured with some of the Canine Assistants dogs from left are Frank Prince, Kurt Pacey, Steve Leslie and David Hall. (click for larger version)

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Marjorie Kassel with her dog Rabbit. Kassel's previous dog, Bogey, passed away in July. SUZANNE PACEY/Staff. (click for larger version)

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Allison Martin and her dog Stewart that she received two years ago, with Jennifer Arnold, executive director and founder of Canine Assistants. Stewart is the first diabetic alert dog. SUZANNE PACEY/Staff. (click for larger version)
November 04, 2013
MILTON, Ga. – Canine Assistants, of Milton, was the recipient of the Giving Foundation's annual Tee It Up charity golf outing Oct. 22 and charity auction gala Oct. 26.

Canine Assistants is one of the nation's top centers for training dogs for use as companions for people with mobility and medical issues. All dogs are offered free of charge to the recipients. The service dogs open and close doors, turn lights on and off, retrieve dropped items, pull wheelchairs and perform a myriad of other services.

"It was a success," said Frances Rosemeyer, director of the Giving Foundation.

She said feedback from the events was excellent this year, both for the amount of items up for auction and for the venue, the Manor Country Club.

She said about 100 people attended the golf outing and 250 came to the auction. The total amount of money raised is still being counted.

Started 17 years ago, the Giving Foundation is an Alpharetta-based nonprofit that is committed to making positive changes in the lives of children and adults with special needs. Every year, it holds the Tee It Up golf outing and charity gala, the proceeds from which go to a chosen charity. For the past several years, Canine Assistants has been the chosen charity.

"It feels right to me," said Rosemeyer. "We're very tied to Canine Assistants."

With its focus on helping children and adults with special needs, and being in the same town as the Giving Foundation, it was a no-brainer to team up.

For more about Canine Assistants, visit www.canineassistants.org. For more about the Giving Foundation, visit www.thegivingfdn.org.

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