Giving Foundation raises money for canines

Charity events help special needs people

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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.