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					Guiding Eyes for the Blind
2008 ANNUAL REPORT
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Our Mission
Guiding Eyes for the Blind

is dedicated to enriching

the lives of blind and visually

impaired men and women by

providing them with the

freedom to travel safely,

thereby assuring greater

independence, dignity and

new horizons of opportunity.

Guiding Eyes for the Blind is proud to be a member of the Better Business Bureau’s Wise Giving Alliance, which evaluates national charities based on its comprehensive Standards for Charity Accountability. This information helps donors make informed giving decisions and advances high standards of management among nonprofit organizations.

People from all over the world visit Guiding Eyes for the Blind each year.

Visitors see and learn something new each time they visit.
Not everyone is able to make the trip here. The 2008 Annual Report invites you to a make a “virtual visit” to Guiding Eyes, to meet some of the faces and “voices” of our family. However, neither words nor pictures can adequately describe the remarkable moments that take place at Guiding Eyes for the Blind every day. We can’t help but be proud of our incredible dogs. Guiding Eyes dogs possess the ideal temperaments to be successful guides. The broods and studs of our breeding colony give life to puppies that become some of the world’s best guide dogs. Our dogs are admired not only for their steadfast work ethic, but also for their healthy physical appearance. Guiding Eyes graduates are accustomed to hearing praise and admiration for their dogs wherever they go in the world. The emotions expressed at our graduations also defy easy description. The community looks forward to these monthly celebrations to hear the words of the courageous blind men and women who have embraced the “Guiding Eyes life.” Together we hang onto their every word words that express their newfound optimism for their futures with their Guiding Eyes dogs. During the year we try our best, through web sites, newsletters, e-flashes, and annual reports, to convey the school’s enduring spirit and imperative mission.* While we might face struggles and challenges, there is always hope, inspiration, and optimism at Guiding Eyes.

*To sign up for any of our communications, or to arrange a visit, please email Lisa Deutsch, ldeutsch@guidingeyes.org.
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GUIDING EYES FOR THE BLIND

A strong foundation to ensure a half-century legacy
Guiding Eyes for the Blind is a leading, nonprofit 501(c)(3) guide dog training school, serving blind and visually impaired people from around the world. Since its inception, the school has provided – free of charge – over 7,000 blind graduates with specially bred and trained dogs that grant them dignity, freedom and greater independence.

Guiding Eyes prides itself on placing students in small classes in order to maintain its signature personalized and professional instruction. Every member of the staff is dedicated to each student’s success. Our nutritionist and kitchen team ensure that students have healthy, balanced meals and when necessary, special meals in line with their dietary requirements or personal preferences. The housekeeping staff creates spotless and inviting dormitory rooms, perfect environments for students to bond with their new guide dogs. In 2008, we graduated 124 Residential teams, 24 Home Training teams, nine Special Needs teams, and three Heeling Autism teams, for a total of 160 teams. We trained students from across the United States and Canada, Colombia, Italy and Spain. Guiding Eyes offers several instructional programs, each designed to produce successful and independent Guiding Eyes teams.

The Residential Training Program brings blind and visually impaired men and women to the Headquarters and Training Center for intensive, 26-day guide dog instruction. In classes no larger than 14 students, our professional instructors work with each blind student and Guiding Eyes dog so that they bond as a “team.” These teams learn how to work together in multiple scenarios, including rural, suburban and urban settings. Training culminates in a trip to New York City, where students learn to negotiate its busy streets, buses and subways. The Sights on College Program was developed to encourage blind adolescents to pursue higher education. It combines rigorous guide dog training with intensive assistive technology instruction. The Accelerated Client Training Option (ACTION) is a 15-day training program for blind and visually impaired students who are experienced guide dog users. During this abbreviated instructional program, students are brought up-to-date on training advances and most importantly, they begin the bonding process essential to a Guiding Eyes team. The Home Training Program sends Guiding Eyes dogs and instructors to the homes of students who cannot attend the Residential Program in Yorktown Heights. We developed this program because many blind people are single parents who cannot leave their children or jobs for an extended period of time.

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PUPPY RAISER VOICE

Our joining the Guiding Eyes family began so innocently –
our son wanted a dog, so we contacted George McTavey, an active volunteer with the organization, about a career-change dog.

He instead told us about fostering a member of the school’s breeding program, and we were hooked. In June of 1995, brood Chauncey joined our family, with her first litter being born on Christmas Eve of that same year.
Our family has grown with each litter. Each puppy raiser who trains one of our brood’s offspring becomes a member of our extended family. It’s the same with each graduate who is partnered with one of our pups; should one of the pups become part of the breeding colony, that foster parent also enters our family circle. Our Guiding Eyes family is always there for us. Walkathons are like family reunions. Our playroom has a “wall of fame” with pictures of our “girls” and the graduates who have been teamed with their offspring. We’re very proud of our grandpups!

As time has gone by, we have extended our volunteer duties in many ways - starting pups, home socializing, and being ambassadors and tour guides for Guiding Eyes. And, of course, we fostered the offspring of our girl Chauncey, having her daughters Nicki and Fedora return to us as breeding dogs, followed by her granddaughter Hayley. It was so special to have Chauncey, Nicki, Fedora, Hayley, and her first litter all in our house – four generations of Guiding Eyes Labs. Guiding Eyes, its people and its dogs, mean the world to us. They’ve expanded us, enriched us, and certainly made our world better. We’ve always felt that we get back so much more than what we put in. We never thought all those years ago that we’d have 500 puppies and big dogs come through our little home. Now we’re looking forward to many more years, many more pups, and many more memories. We might only be a small piece of a guide dog’s life, but it’s so special to be part of this amazing process.

The Kellogg family
Katonah, New York

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SPOTLIGHT ON THE SPECIAL NEEDS PROGRAM

Serving those who have extra challenges
Guiding Eyes for the Blind was the first guide dog school in the nation to establish a Special Needs Program. This program puts into action our commitment to providing guide dogs to people with disabilities in addition to vision loss, including certain cognitive and physical challenges. These include cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, Deaf-Blind and balance problems. Students with specific diseases that cause multiple afflictions, such as Usher syndrome, are also served by the Special Needs Program. Specially trained dogs: Guiding Eyes dogs chosen for the
Special Needs Program receive the traditional four months of guide dog training and up to twelve months of additional training to support the particular needs of the students they will guide. Each student is carefully evaluated and then assigned a Guiding Eyes dog with a compatible temperament and energy level. Special Needs dogs are trained to accommodate students’ physical challenges. A Special Needs dog might be taught to guide on the student’s right side, as opposed to the left, which is the guide dog standard. For Deaf-Blind students, the dogs must be trained to respond to non-verbal commands and tactile praise.

Special Needs Instructors: The student-instructor ratio
for the Special Needs Program is 1:1 – an absolutely necessary component to this specialized training. Very often Guiding Eyes accepts students with multiple disabilities who other guide dog schools have turned away or have been unable to help. Guiding Eyes’ Special Needs instructors undergo a comprehensive eight to ten month professional development program, which includes reaching a high level of competency in tactile American Sign Language (ASL).

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GRADUATE VOICE

In June I met my new best friend,
a friend that made me more independent. My amazing Guiding Eyes dog is Brie, and because of her I lead a completely different life.

I work with her everyday at school, and I will take her to college next year, where I plan to major in music. With Brie, I know I can accomplish all my goals independently. It will be a challenge to learn a new place with her. I have never done this before on my own, but Brie has made me feel more independent than ever. High school is one of the hardest environments for a guide dog. Brie had to learn to deal with crowds of people in the hallways, food on the floor, and gum (her favorite). Despite all these obstacles, Brie works well. She takes me to class and then takes a nap. In the halls she works wonders, parting the crowds. I do not run into people as I did last year, hitting them with my cane. Brie also does a wonderful job outside of school. I am very busy with after-school groups, church activities, and singing events; Brie keeps up with all of it. Jolene, one of my Guiding Eyes trainers, asked me if I did a lot of activities besides school. I told her that I was always super busy, running from one thing to the next. She gave me the perfect dog to suit my crazy lifestyle. Brie is on stage and lies at my feet (usually sleeping) every week at church when our choir sings for the

congregation, or whenever I have a solo. She realizes that when I am performing, it is special. This semester I am in my school’s musical, Cinderella. I am the Queen, so I am on stage a lot, and rehearsals are quite long. Brie deals well with all this running around. I am on the school’s mock trial team, and also in a group called Artist in Training, which provides coaching for soon-to-be professionally performing singers. Before Brie, one of the other students or voice teachers had to take me up the stairs to the recital stage, which I was afraid to climb myself. At our winter recital this year, Brie will be leading me up on stage, and I will not be afraid. I now take more pleasure in doing normal things like shopping and eating. When Brie and I go to the mall, we breeze through the stores. I enjoy counting the number of comments I hear. I have conversations with total strangers about Brie, which I think is good. I believe that they should know what it means to have a Guiding Eyes dog. As I am writing this, I hear the song from my Guiding Eyes graduation video. That graduation day was one of the best days of my life. Today I live a completely different life. This little dog has brought me independence, friendship, and so much more.
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Alternative Careers for Guiding Eyes Dogs
All Guiding Eyes dogs come from a well-established breeding colony that produces dogs of superlative temperament. However, each year Guiding Eyes sends some puppies and dogs on “alternative career paths.”
Dogs that become guides to blind and visually impaired men and women must be confident, adaptable, and relaxed, even when they are confronted with strange or new circumstances. Our professional staff evaluates the temperaments of puppies and dogs at several benchmarks in their development. Puppies that do not exhibit the necessary temperament traits for guide work are considered for other career opportunities. Sometimes the temperament traits that make a dog unsuitable for guide work are those that are ideal for detection, patrol work, or therapy. Guiding Eyes has affiliations with the U.S. Department of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF), as well as state and local agencies and organizations that are eager to train and place dogs for detection work, such as state police K-9 Units. If these options are not appropriate for the dog, then it is offered as a pet to the volunteer puppy raiser – the individual or family that devoted weeks or months to preparing the pup for guide dog training.

A NEW SPECIAL CALLING FOR GUIDING EYES DOGS: Heeling Autism, launched in 2008, is a new program in which we train specially chosen dogs, released from the guide dog program, to provide safety for children with autism.
Children with autism commonly exhibit a dangerous behavior known as “bolting.” They may run recklessly into traffic, abruptly leave their homes, or stray from parents in public places. These children do not understand, nor do they feel, any sense of danger as a consequence of their actions. A Heeling Autism dog is trained to anchor the child should he or she attempt to bolt. Guiding Eyes dogs that are well suited for work as autism service dogs are those that are patient and self-directed, that is, will correctly respond to prevent a child from behaving in a dangerous manner without cues from a caregiver. After the dogs complete their guide dog training, our staff works with them for an additional three to four months. Parents live and train at the Yorktown Heights Training Center for five days, after which our instructor works with the entire family to incorporate the dog into their lives. The instructor
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focuses especially on developing the child with autism, the parent, and the dog into a successful team. As every child has his or her own special needs, our training is also adapted to accommodate specific behavioral attributes. Heeling Autism represents a commitment by Guiding Eyes to extend the talents of its professional trainers and its superbly bred dogs to an additional disabled constituency.

Tricia Zarro, whose son Danny received the first Heeling Autism dog, Shade, wrote about what having Shade means to her son and family:

“

I have witnessed healing in my heart, in Danny and in my family. I see us all walking into a bright future and tethered to a beautiful black Labrador wearing a blue Guiding Eyes Autism Service Dog vest. Thank you, Guiding Eyes.

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STAFF VOICE

There is a cell phone commercial in which a huge crowd of people symbolizes the strength of the company’s network.
That is how I feel in the presence of a Guiding Eyes team. I am overcome with pride and gratitude as I realize I belong to an organization that boldly recognizes the time and sacrifice made by so many to meet one common goal.

If you are reading this Annual Report, you’re likely a supporter of Guiding Eyes and thus, the depth of my gratitude extends to you. What you are about to read is really a love letter; a list of my favorite things about Guiding Eyes from an instructor’s perspective.
As a trainer in the Special Needs Program, I visit applicants in their homes and become personally involved in their adversities. I am humbled by their indomitable spirits and inspired by their courage. I am grateful to the school’s meticulous admissions process, which ensures an applicant is fully prepared and well-suited to receive a Guiding Eyes dog. I am fortunate to teach these unique and intuitive dogs that are the result of the Canine Development Center’s expertise in breeding dogs of superior health and temperament. I am beholden to our whelping and puppy raising program for ensuring the best possible nurturing of each dog. I am thankful for the school’s recognition of each dog’s individual nature, and I value Guiding Eyes’ lifetime devotion to the health and well-being of every single puppy born into our program. I work with a team of colleagues whose job it is to match an applicant with a trained dog. I am responsible to teach both dog and person the skills necessary to ensure their safety, effectiveness, and overall happiness. I am grateful for our forward thinking training program and for the school’s commitment to providing lifetime support to our teams.

I am especially thankful for the Special Needs Program, which devotes additional training, veterinary and financial resources to people whose multiple disabilities preclude them from being serviced by other schools. These are people who would likely never know the privilege and pleasure of having a guide dog. Time after time, I stand in awe watching yet another successful team. I smile as I witness the team’s personal and working relationship blossom. I am struck with the immense impact a Guiding Eyes dog has had on this person’s life. And I imagine the “crowd” of people it took to make this dream come true.

I invite you to share with me in this awesome experience of pride, gratitude, and joy.
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Assistive Technology – Leveling the playing field for our students
When we planned and designed the new Training Center, an important component of it was a large room to house Guiding Eyes’ Assistive Technology Center. Since the completion of the Center two years ago, Guiding Eyes has upgraded and added hardware and software to make this facility an important resource for students during their guide dog training.
The new Center offers the latest in technology innovation to our blind, visually impaired, and Deaf-Blind students, so that they can communicate with their employers, continue their educational studies, stay in touch with families and friends, and use the internet for entertainment and research in the same way as sighted people. Examples of how students used the Assistive Technology Center during 2008 include: We purchased two new Braille embossers for the Assistive Technology Center in 2008. One machine creates Braille-only lecture materials for our students to use during class and to take home afterwards. The second embosser produces mixed media maps – Braille and print combined to create tactile route plans for students and instructors to use together. In 2008, the Assistive Technology Program benefitted from the renovation of the White Plains Field Training Center. We purchased new computer hardware for the assistive technology office there, mirroring what is available in Yorktown Heights. Now students have access to the best in assistive technology in both the Yorktown Heights and White Plains facilities.

• A college student keeping up with her studies; • A businessman reviewing a proposal and contract; • A student in the Yorktown Heights Training Center
introducing her Guiding Eyes dog to her family in Italy using Skype, adapted for use by the blind;

• A Deaf-Blind minister staying connected with his
congregation on the West Coast while enrolled in Guiding Eyes’ Special Needs Training Program.

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GRADUATE VOICE

My name is Blessing Offor and my Guiding Eyes dog is a male yellow Labrador named Tommy. Tommy is my first dog and the decision to
change my means of mobility from cane to dog was not an easy one...

But everyone at Guiding Eyes – including my Field Representative, the housekeeping staff, and the instructors – went above and beyond to provide a comfortable home away from home. Because of their care, Tommy and I bonded beautifully, and I feel well-prepared for all things to come. When I recently moved to Nashville, Tennessee to attend college, I was so grateful that Guiding Eyes quickly sent a trainer to help Tommy and me adjust to our new environment. I was born in Nigeria, and have seen first-hand the results of a society that has little understanding of disabilities and how to deal with them. Had I not come to the United States, I would have fallen victim to the prejudices of that society. One day, I would like to work to focus world attention on the issue of disability awareness in third world countries. Today, I am a full-time student at Belmont University, majoring in commercial voice and music composition. I am a singer/songwriter and I also play piano and saxophone.

There is a lot of traveling in my field. In the past month, I have been on airplanes three times. It would be an understatement to say that Tommy has been invaluable. Having a dog allows me the dignity to walk independently of someone’s arm or shoulder. It allows me to walk quickly and purposefully with a level of fluidity that even the best cane users cannot achieve. Tommy makes maneuvering through crowds a cinch with his ability to blaze trails amid oceans of people, all the while wagging his battering ram of a tail. Tommy is also patient. He has sat next to me, quiet and calm, through hours and hours of piano practicing, saxophone practicing, and singing. While I’d like to say he’s my biggest fan, he usually falls asleep and has a tendency to snore very loudly. Tommy – and all the other Guiding Eyes dogs – inspired me to write a song for Guiding Eyes. To honor my guide, his picture appears on the jacket of my new CD.

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Veterinary Services – The health and care of our dogs is paramount
During 2008, the Veterinary Department changed the way in which care is provided to our whelping broods.
With the purchase of a portable notebook-sized ultrasound machine, we can now provide point-of-care “bedside” evaluations to these wonderful dogs. This ultrasound unit can be carried right into the whelping pen and fetal progress can be monitored without having to move the mother to another room. This leads to less stressful and shorter deliveries. We are also able to intervene much more quickly should complications arise. At the Training Center Veterinary Hospital, we have created a waiting room and a quiet examination room for our graduates and their Guiding Eyes dogs to use when they return for care to our facility. This provides a more relaxed environment for both dog and graduate.

THE TRAINING CENTER KENNELS Visitors will notice many additions to the Training Center’s community run. This open outdoor space, in which our dogs romp and socialize freely many times a day, has been transformed by a Kennel Enrichment Program. The program allows staff, volunteers and dogs to spend time playing together in groups and one-on-one. There are dozens of toys and many other types of stimuli, such as equipment to improve agility, platforms and play sets to climb on, tubs to swim in during the summer, colorful wind catchers to stimulate a dog’s curious nature, and even various scents that are sprayed in the kennel for dogs to investigate. We are training our wonderful volunteers to massage our dogs, as soothing classical music plays throughout the kennels. Together, all of these things create a more relaxed and stimulating environment for the 170 dogs who reside in our kennels on a daily basis.
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STAFF VOICE

Five years ago, I began a journey that changed my life forever.
When I began a completely new career as the Breeding Kennel Manager for Guiding Eyes for the Blind at the Canine Development Center in Patterson, little did I realize the impact this wonderful organization would have on my life.

My first real encounter with a guide dog was when I met my friend Becky Barnes and her guide Flyer. Becky is Guiding Eyes’ Manager of Consumer Outreach and Graduate Support.
I would frequently encounter Becky and Flyer in the parking lot of the complex in which we both live. But it was not until Becky’s husband Jim took ill that I realized exactly what a guide dog did. I called Becky at that time and asked if there was anything I could do and she said, “If you could drive me to the hospital that would be great.” In the car, I asked Becky to tell me how I could help her when we arrived. She said, “Just tell me right, left and forward and Flyer and I will do the rest.” As Flyer guided her to the safety of the sidewalk, I understood the profound relationship a guide dog has with his blind partner. I spent the rest of the time watching Becky and Flyer; the love and trust they have for each other was evident. I realized what a very special bond they shared. When I went home that night all I could think about were Becky and Flyer. I gave Becky my resume the next day and asked if she could deliver it to the human resource director. She laughed and asked what took me so long.

The Director of Human Resources suggested that I attend a graduation ceremony (and bring a box of tissues). I had never been so moved or inspired. I just knew I had to be a part of this amazing organization and what it stood for. That was the beginning of my Guiding Eyes journey, and it is one the best things (if not the best thing) that has ever happened to me. I come to work so happy each day, with the knowledge that I play a part in making a difference in someone’s life. I am continually inspired by the wonderful people here – staff, graduates, and volunteers. All of our magnificent dogs and puppies bring tears of joy to my eyes every single day.

To me, they are God’s guardian angels on earth.

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Canine Development Center – Building better canine-human relationships
Last year, Guiding Eyes initiated a program that is unique among guide dog schools. It focuses on strengthening the bonds between a puppy and trainer, which will ultimately build a better working team. Socialization now begins almost immediately after the puppies are born, and new environments are introduced earlier than in the prior training program.
Our goal is to increase our puppies’ confidence, adaptability and chances of their ultimate success as guide dogs. During 2008, regional managers were oriented to this new program, and a communications program was developed for staff and volunteers. We continue to improve the quality of our dogs through selective breeding and improved puppy rearing practices. We have been able to reduce the number of dogs we breed annually while maintaining our high standards for producing the ideal guide dog.

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PUPPY RAISER VOICE

Back in the summer of 2006, I got a 10 week old baby,
unable to do much for himself. I fed him, bathed him, played with him, and took him on trips. Every other week, we went to classes to learn new things.

Over the next 18 months, Jeeper learned a great deal from me, and I learned as much from him. Our training together transformed Jeeper from a completely dependent little creature into a dog that was ready to be trained as a Guiding Eyes dog.
I had begged my parents for years to get a dog, but they were concerned about the big commitment that comes with looking after a puppy; I didn’t believe them at the time. I gave up on the idea until I read a newspaper article about raising Guiding Eyes puppies. This seemed like the perfect opportunity for me to get my four-legged friend without committing to a lifetime. Before I could bring Jeeper home, I had to attend two months of pre-placement classes in which I was trained in “parenting” skills. This was a good thing, as Jeeper proved to just be a small, furry child. From the beginning, I felt like a parent. I got up in the middle of the night when I heard him crying. I fed him and cut his nails. And the love that developed between us was indescribable. Walking him in the rain was usually not fun, but I vividly remember laughing when he tried to chase the leaves down the storm drain. He did not understand that the hole was smaller than his body, even when he cocked his head to the side. Jeeper matured during our 18 months together, but some things did not change. When he was a tiny puppy I held him in my arms as he dozed off. Doing this when he gained 75 pounds proved more difficult, but it did not stop him from trying.

The countless hours that I spent with him, taking him to classes, reinforcing good behavior, and exposing him to different environments were worth the effort and prepared him well for his future career. As I read his first report card from evaluations and subsequent training reports from New York, I had the same sense of pride that I imagine every parent feels. From the outset, I knew that one day Jeeper would leave me. However, when it came to “The Day,” it was still very difficult. After 18 months of “parenthood” and developing a truly special bond, I sent him off to “college,” knowing that the only time I would see him again would be at his graduation. And then he would belong to someone who really needed him, someone whose life would be better because of Jeeper.

David Paxton
Midlothian, Virginia | Age 17

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Vo lu n t e e r s – Generous people who give abundant love and talent
Over 1,000 volunteers help Guiding Eyes accomplish the breadth and scope of its work annually. During 2008, approximately 444 puppies were placed with volunteer raiser families. In addition to puppy raisers, over 700 volunteers provide homes to breeding colony dogs, work in our kennels, open their homes to puppies for weekend visits, or work in our offices and at events.
Four new puppy raising regions were inaugurated in communities that demonstrated a high level of civic participation by their residents. Guiding Eyes now has volunteers organized into 38 regions, encompassing 12 states. Over sixty percent of volunteer puppy raisers have trained more than one puppy, a statistic of which we are proud and grateful. Our raisers come from all walks of life and are of all ages. They are united in their commitment to raising their young wards to become Guiding Eyes dogs. The raisers are trained for two to twelve months before they can take a puppy home, and their dedication to continuous learning makes all the difference in producing successful guide dogs. Puppy raisers’ responsibilities include teaching the pup house manners, heeling, being comfortable around other dogs, and overall socialization skills. At the end of a year, these selfless volunteers return their puppies to our staff for evaluation as prospective guide dogs. Puppies that make the grade work with trainers to become Guiding Eyes dogs. At our monthly graduations, puppy raisers and breeding colony foster parents are able to see the outcome of their dedication. There is no more beautiful and moving experience than observing puppy raisers reunite with the dogs that are now moving on to their new lives as guides.
Guiding Eyes now has volunteers organized into

38 regions,
encompassing

12 states.

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GRADUATE VOICE

Thirty years ago, shortly after I was first diagnosed with Usher syndrome, I reluctantly took my first white mobility cane into my hands.
I was seventeen years old and approaching my eighteenth birthday.

My Vocational Rehabilitation counselor had authorized orientation and mobility lessons without ever getting my input on the subject, and I resented him for doing that. Even though I had some useful vision, I was told that it was necessary to learn cane travel techniques right away. Usher syndrome is a genetic disorder which consists of hearing loss and retinitis pigmentosa, a degenerative eye disease which most often leads to total blindness. I was devastated by the diagnosis, and I was still feeling low when I grudgingly first took the lessons. I didn't think I could use the cane because I could still see well. But as my vision steadily deteriorated, I started using a cane more and more. I came to the point when my usable vision disappeared, and I had to depend on the white cane entirely. I love walking, and I enjoyed taking invigorating morning walks. But I was starting to have trouble traveling with the cane, especially while crossing streets. I’d get lost. Sometimes I managed to find my way back home, or someone would help me find my way back home. This was frustrating and stressful. Then I moved with my family to a neighborhood in which it wasn’t safe for me to travel alone. I became

isolated, and it was this terrible isolation that led me to consider getting a guide dog. I had seen Deaf-Blind folks increasingly going around with their guide dogs in recent years, but I kept putting off the decision. Finally, I decided that having a guide dog would give me greater security and independence and help me to escape my isolation. I chose Guiding Eyes over the only other school that accepts the Deaf-Blind because Guiding Eyes has much better training programs and support services for graduates and their guide dogs. During my stay in Yorktown Heights, I met and made friends with my classmates, some of whom were blind, and others who were Deaf-Blind. The staff, especially the Special Needs staff, was warm and supportive, and I received a wonderful training experience that is really unforgettable. After returning home with my guide dog, Hobbes, I began taking walks in my neighborhood. Oh, what sheer joy it was to be outside my home after years of isolation! I am now attending graduate school, pursuing my master’s degree in vocational rehabilitation counseling at California State University, Sacramento. Hobbes is a remarkable Guiding Eyes dog and companion to me. My decision, too long in coming, definitely changed my life.
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A ‘super’ event supports our work
Golf Classic XXXI
New York Giants quarterback and Super Bowl XLII MVP Eli Manning returned for the second year to host the Guiding Eyes for the Blind Golf Classic, which in 2008 celebrated its 31st year. Traditionally, the Golf Classic has been held on two courses: Mount Kisco Country Club and Whippoorwill Club. Guiding Eyes salutes the staff and boards of these institutions for their spectacular three decades of devotion to the two-day event. The Golf Classic Committee, as always, worked like a well-oiled machine, in part due to those members who have participated nearly through the entire life of the event. The group was reinvigorated by the addition of new sponsors joining us for the first time. We take our hats off to the Golf Classic Committee for achieving record-breaking results in 2008. Guiding Eyes has been the sponsor of the Corcoran Cup – the “Masters” of blind golf – since its inception. The Corcoran Cup is held on the Sunday before the sponsor-support event.
2008 GOLF SPONSOR LIST
Diamond Entergy Presenting The Journal News Platinum American Airlines, The Canine Fence Company, Kinloch Companies Gold American Media, Inc., Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield, Frontline / Heartgard, Sidley Austin LLP, John Donnelly, Charles Scharf Silver Aero Hardware and Parts, Inc., Avant Business Services, Anchor Russell Investment Advisors, Bacardi USA, Barton-Cotton, Citibank, Coca-Cola / Dr. Pepper, Court Street Abstract, Skanska USA, TBS Shipping, Westfair Electric, Suzanne Brett, Robert Dall, Michael Day, Francis Fraenkel, Paul Holland, Donald Matthews, Kenneth Nilsen, The Stewart Family

In spite of torrential rain, this year’s hale and hearty 16 U.S. Blind Golfer Association qualifiers brightened Mount Kisco Country Club’s course with their skill and enthusiasm. The combination of the Committee’s efforts and, to say the least, Eli Manning’s Super Bowl victory, enticed 360 golfers to participate. Our sponsors appreciated the elegance and challenge of our third course, Fairview Country Club in Connecticut. We express our gratitude to Fairview for welcoming us so graciously. Eli Manning generously traveled to all three courses to meet our golfers. When play concluded, 450 supporters converged for dinner under a massive tent at Mount Kisco Country Club. The Club outdid itself: the food was five-star and the staff ’s service impeccable.

Walkathon XXXIII
Our annual New Leash on Life Walkathon brings Guiding Eyes graduates from all over the world back to Westchester County for a homecoming reunion. Our graduates take this opportunity to fund raise for the school as a means of expressing their appreciation for the independence they received because of their Guiding Eyes dog. The Walkathon provides us with an opportunity to introduce the community to our graduates. In 2008, hundreds of Guiding Eyes teams walked side by side with our generous supporters to raise money and, more importantly, to celebrate their devotion to Guiding Eyes for the Blind.
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2008 WALKATHON SPONSORS
The Canine Fence Company, WPLJ Radio, Cartwright & Daughters Tent & Party Rentals, The Pepsi Bottling Group, Renaissance Westchester Hotel, Travel Network, VKdirect, Yorktown Cycles

Donors
We salute these special people and organizations for their support of Guiding Eyes between October 1, 2007 and September 30, 2008. Every attempt has been made to ensure accuracy in the following list. However, in compiling such an extensive number of names, omissions and misspellings sometimes occur. We thank you for your understanding, and appreciate the opportunity to correct our records. Please advise us by calling 914-243-4346.
Brandermill Midlothian Woodlake Lions Club Suzanne Brett Changing Our World Coca-Cola Court Street Abstract Michael Day Dr. Pepper The Robert and Gail Edelstein Foundation Elizabeth and David B. Fein Audrey and Arnold Fisher Frances and Francis Fraenkel Molly and Mike Gennaro Patty and John K. Hammel Suzanne Sherman Hatfield Fund Karen and Gary Hediger Heisman Trophy Trust The Hitachi Foundation Hitachi Metals America, Ltd. Philip Hogan The Katzenberger Foundation Bruce Kaufman Marie-France and Rene Kern Faith & James Knight Foundation The Luckow Family Foundation MBIA Foundation J.M. McDonald Foundation The Melik-Baschkopf Foundation Sarah and Robert Meyerhoff Mount Kisco Country Club Kenneth Nilsen The Peninsula Charities Foundation II The Donald A. Perry Foundation Raffiani Family Foundation Jane Rex Rohauer Collection Foundation Alice Shaver Foundation Sidley Austin LLP Skanska Somers Lions Club Stewart Family Foundation Martha Washington Straus & Harry H. Straus Foundation TBS Shipping Milton Tenenbaum Charitable Foundation The Thomson Corporation Elizabeth and Andrew Ward Judy and Charles Weinberg Westfair Electric Anonymous Donor Armonk Lions Club Edith C. Blum Foundation The Braeside Foundation Gilberte L. Breslin Carmel-Kent Lions Club CBS Sports Citizens Bank Ted Civetta Elisa and Jose Cruz Lucy and Michael Danziger Dardin Fund Michael Dean Howard A. Drescher Foundation Elaine Ellenbogen Diana L. Erbsen Exxonmobil Foundation Valerie Ann and Salvatore Fichera GivingExpress Program from American Express The Gumbo Foundation Holy Name of Jesus Religion Education Office Jericho Brookville Lions Club The Fannie M. Lienhard Foundation Manhattan Beer Distributors E. Manocherian Foundation The Hon. John and Margaret Martin, Jr. R & G McIntyre Construction Miami Lighthouse for the Blind The New York Times Company Foundation Omni Shoreham Hotel The Mrs. Cheever Porter Foundation Posner-Wallace Foundation Ada & Helen Rank Foundation Benjamin Rosen Sally and Sanford Rosenthal Rye City Lions Club Amy and Felix Sanchez Sand Dollar Foundation Barbara Sexton The Sidley Austin Foundation The Helen M. Snyder Foundation The Dorothy Strelsin Foundation Sydney Frank Importing Tracy and Paul Taft TD Bank Lisa and Shaun Teevens US 1 Auto Sales Ashley and Taylor Wakefield J. Weinstein Foundation Nina W. Werblow Charitable Trust Jane and John Wilson The Xerox Foundation Victor Xistris Yorktown Lions Club Zickler Family Foundation Anonymous Donor
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$100,000 and Up
The Arthur L. & Elaine V. Johnson Foundation Ruth Keeler Charitable Trust The Marble Fund Marion H. Levy Donald J. Matthews The Arthur & Phyllis Milton Foundation Reader’s Digest Partners For Sight Foundation The Starr Foundation

$50,000 - $99,999
Wendy and Paul Aglietti Fred & Jean Allegretti Foundation Bannerot-Lappe Foundation Marcia dePeralta Trust Nancy and John L. Donnelly Shirley Durst Entergy Nuclear Northeast The Hatfield Family Foundation Norman M. Morris Foundation Laura J. Niles Foundation The David P. Tenberg Charitable Foundation The Seth Sprague Educational and Charitable Foundation

$25,000 - $49,999
H. A. & J. W. Alburger Charitable Trust Anchor/Russell Capital Advisors, LLC The Canine Fence Company Robert F. Dall Charles A. Frueauff Foundation IBM Employee Services Center Kinloch Holdings The Portmann Family Charitable Fund Harriet and Andrew Rockefeller Samatha and Frederic Schwam Louise and Michael Stein The Winston Foundation

Ellen Bermel Capital Counsel LLC The Thomas & Agnes Carvel Foundation Citi-SmithBarney Stephen Cohen The Rose Y. and J. Samuel Cox Charitable Fund James M. Cox, Jr. Foundation Curtis O’Hara Foundation Mary P. Dolciani Halloran Foundation Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield The Fain Family Fund The Flatley Foundation Foundation for Sight and Sound The Gettinger Foundation Carol and Albert Hallac The Helen G. Hauben Foundation Mary and Wayne Hockmeyer Emma Clyde Hodge Memorial Fund Paul Holland Hugoton Foundation James T. Lee Foundation Laurence W. Levine Foundation The Marcled Foundation MasterCard Corporate Giving Program Park Foundation Proctor & Gamble Fund SP Allene Reuss Memorial Trust Amy and Charles W. Scharf Sherman Foundation Trust Verizon Foundation Kate Stamper Wilhite Charitable Foundation Anonymous Donor

$5,000 - $9,999
Aero Hardware and Parts Co. Howard K. Archdeacon Family Foundation Bacardi Rose M. Badgeley Residuary Charitable Trust Sandie and William D. Badger Barton Cotton Carol and Ted Baum

$2,500 - $4,999
Helen Adair Foundation of the St. Paul Foundation Jane Adams and William L. McNulty Don Allen Foundation America’s Charities Karen and Mark Angiocchi

$10,000 - $24,999
Allegheny Foundation American Media

“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be
$1,000 - $2,499
Anthony R. Abraham Foundation Action for Boston Community Development Joseph Alexander Foundation The Atlantic Philanthropies Bettina Baruch Foundation Bedford Hills Lions Club Bedford Village Lions Club Berdon LLP Blauvelt Lions Charities, Inc. Bernard J. & Charlotte E. Blommer Foundation Bloomingdale’s John Bolten Elizabeth Bradley Lore Brenauer The Bronx Lions Club Brookfield Lions Charities, Inc. Broughton Foundation Christopher Brown Sylvia Brown BWD Group LLC Canton Lions Club The Chatlos Foundation The Harry Cobey Foundation Mary Conway Phil Cotennec Marshall B. Coyne Foundation Carl D’Angelo Margaret A. Darrin Foundation Delta Gamma Foundation Janet and Robert Demuth Rick Dobbis The Druskin Family Foundation Matthew Dunn Horst Duseberg Eastern Connecticut Puppy Raising Region Employees Charity Organization of Northrop Grumman Dianne M. Ende Essex Savings Bank John J. Flemm Foundation Fraydun Foundation Fulton Lions Club GlaxoSmithKline Judith and Warren Glick The Glickenhaus Foundation The Good Shepherd Foundation The Gould-Shenfeld Family Foundation Green Valley Lions Club The Dorothy G. Griffin Charitable Foundation Donna and Jeffrey Guy Sara Hale Gates Hawn Gary Hoberman The Hope & Norman Hope Foundation
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The Hunter Foundation Jeanne and Charles Hurty Jacobson Family Foundation Donald P. Jones Foundation Father Justin Council Knights of Columbus #5670 Randall Keegan Sandra Kellett Arthur Kelley Charles & Lucille King Family Foundation The Klee Fund The Klein Family Foundation Kleinow Family Foundation Elaine and Gerald Klingman Diane and Curt Landtroop William Lang Hannah Langendorf Endowment Douglas Lee Francis & Gertrude Levett Foundation The Martin R. Lewis Charitable Foundation Jule Ann and John Lieberman Jack R. Linsky Foundation Tara Litin Susan Litwer The Litwin Foundation Frances and David Magee Ralph G. and Wilma J. Maibaum Foundation Judith and Mrs. Michael Margulies The Daniel Meilman Charitable Foundation Rachel Mellon The Philip & Julia Meshberg Family Foundation Millerton Lions Club Gretchen and Robert Morrison David & Inez Myers Foundation New Rochelle Lions Club Charlotte Newton Mark Norris North Rockland Lions Club Ruth O’Hara Marie and Gary E. O'Neil Peter Pantaleo The David and Karen Pecker Foundation Pender Pet Caring Foundation Delcour S. Potter Pound Ridge Lions Club David Proctor Linda Deming and William Ratcliff Ellis Reemer Darlene Reetz The Reso Foundation The Rice Family Charitable Foundation Margaret Rivers Fund Antonio Rosario

Schimenti Construction Ava Shypula Consulting Sidney Stern Memorial Trust David & Rosemarie Siegel Fund Signature Bank George Sirignano, Jr. Pamela and Stephen Skillman Skyline Quilters The Sloman Foundation Sydell Smith Catherine and Thomas McC. Souther John C. Stryker & Audrey Taylor Styker Foundation/Renaissance Charitable Foundation Suffern Lions Club John Sweeney J. David Sweeny Stephen C. Swid and Nan G. Swid Foundation The James H. & Margaret Tabeling Foundation Tiger Baron Foundation Tuckahoe Eastchester Lions Van Pelt Foundation Myra Votta Charles Waggner Western North Carolina Ophthalmic Personnel Pauline B. Wiese Lions Club of Wilson Harriet Wilt Jill and Peter Wise The Woman’s Club of Towson The Woodward Fund Betty and Wayne Wyckoff Yablon Foundation Anonymous Donors

$500 - $999
Active Media Services David Albrecht All Creatures Great & Small of New York Ltd. Benevolent Patriotic Order of Does of the USA Arnold & Jeanne Bernstein Fund Best Friends Pet Care Shelly Bettman Frank Bisignano Blindman Uram & Swords Bovis Lend Lease Brooklyn Bay Ridge Lions Club Brookville-Timberlake Lions Club Suzanne and Joseph H. Brown, III Mildred and Randy Burke Jean and John Campbell Mr. and Mrs. Erie Capps Cory Chisholm Citigroup Foundation Cold Spring Lions Club

The Community Foundation For Greater Atlanta Community Health Charities Caroline Crossland Croton-on-Hudson Lions Club Delta Gamma VA TW Alumnae Chapter Vilma Donnelly Beatriz and Gelson Durant Eastern Dog Club EBA Foundation Town of Fallsburg Lions Club Shanna Flanagan Franklin Square Lions Club Doris Freedman G. E. Masten Feed Store Global Impact Jack Griffin Haddam Lions Club Ella Gayle Hamlin Foundation William Harris Howard Dome Haynes Hendrick Hudson Lions Club Adrienne Henick Rita Herskovits Hilton Chicago Human Resources The Ross N. Hoffman & Dorothy D. Crawford Charitable Giving Fund of the Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund Holy Family Roman Catholic Church IBM Retiree Charitable Campaign Immaculate Conception School Iridesse, Inc. Jackson Lewis LLP Larry Johnston William Jurek Catherine Godbille and Nicholas Koechlin Lab Corp. of America Holdings LaGrange Lions Club L’Antron Deborah Ann Leightner Melissa Luthi Cora and Richard Martin Massena Lions Club Kathleen and Philip McAllister Middletown Lions Club Nancy Miller and Stephen Kling Brenda Mize Monsey Lions Club Lions Club of Mount Vernon New Castle County Assn. Insurance Finance Advisors New York Borinquen Lions Club New York Hunts Point Lions Club Mr. and Mrs. Robert Norris North Rockland Leos Club Charles and Richard Oestreich Foundation

seen or even touched. They must be felt within the heart”
Ossining Lions Club Thomas Papaleo Patterson Lions Club PBJ Enterprises Peekskill Lions Club The Pepsi Bottling Group Pepsi Bottling Group Foundation Pleasant Valley Lions Club Heloise and James Pressey Dr. and Mrs. Lawrence Rappaport Ridgefield Park Lions Club Eric Roth Carol Sacks Carlton Savory Jon Schandler Meryl Schwartz Wendy Schwartz Sotheby’s International Realty Chappaqua Office Richard Spinney St. Augustine’s Catholic Church St. Paul’s Episcopal Church Paul Stabile Staten Island Technical High School S.O. George Stephenson Stony Point Lions Club Stupp Brothers Bridge & Iron Company Foundation TD Securities Teel’s Marsh Foundation David Tetro Thurmont Lions Club Foundation, Inc. TIAA-CREF Employee Giving Campaign Tuscon Iron & Metal UPS Foundation Jean VanWinkle Katie and Fred Waddell Western Reserve Kennel Club Whitehall Community Lions Club WonderFest USA Zappone Family Fund, Garden & Civic Center Barbara Zimmermann Zion Lutheran Sunday School Anonymous Donors Vernon Bullock Allyson Burry Lori K. Beechler and Marc Burstein Christopher Carroll Cattaraugus Region Community Foundation Anita and Ari Cohn Common Cents New York Kristianne Denault Warner Depuy Debra and Mike Diesher Maria DiStefano Alison and Lawrence Dolan Elaine Dowdell Lorna and Kenneth Ehrlickman Suzanne M. and Samuel Eisenstat Richard Fiorello Fraternal Order Of Eagles Freddie Mac Foundation Jacquelyn Gerard Germantown Lions Club Roberta Groeber Charles Hertzig Foundation Bruce Hildebrand Judith and David Hoffman Joseph Hogan Paul Holland Melinda Hunter Ray Jagelski Fred J. Jaindl Foundation Alice Jurek Karen’s Produce & Ice Cream Debby Kessler KeyBank National Association Sarah and George Klunk Fund of Triangle Community Ellen and Thomas Knox KPMG Community Giving Campaign Larchmont Temple Religious School The Marvin & Annette Lee Foundation Diane Leventhal The Seth and Cathy Levy Family Foundation Loys Little John L. Loeb, Jr. Foundation Kathleen Lyons Mamaroneck Lions Club Robert Marcotte Paul Marks The McCreery Family Fund Edward McCutcheon Janice Miller The Millstein Charitable Foundation Moskowitz Family Foundation Stacy D. and Michael Murphy New London Inn New York City Transit Authority New York State Energy Research and Development Authority Pajwell Foundation Antonio Pollan James Posey Sandra Rademacher Debra J. and Lawrence Rosenblum Bruce Sawyer Elizabeth Sawyer Virginia Schoen Joseph T. & Helen M. Simpson Foundation The Sovereign Military Order of the Temple of Jerusalem Surfside Middle School William Taylor Mary Tokar Union Bank of California UST, Inc. Valhalla Lions Club Sally Warren Samuel Weinstein Family Foundation Womens Civic Club of Katonah Yorktown Rotary Club George Zelinski Anonymous Donors

Helen Keller

In Kind Gifts
George Arco Mr. and Mrs. Skip Beitzel Jeff Borow Citigroup Peggy Kaufman Peter X. Kelly Gina and Robert Malmgren Lynda Shenkman Southern Wine & Spirits Charles Wenzelberg

Matching Gifts
A E S Inc. Advanced Micro Devices Aetna Alliant Energy Altria Group, Inc. American Express PAC Match American International Group AON Corporation Applied Fabrics Argonaut Group Assurant Health Automated Data Process BP America Inc. Bank of America Bentall Capital Black & Decker Bristol Myers Squibb Co. C.R. Bard CBS Chevron Humankind

$250 - $499
Ashleigh Alexander Eve Alire American Council of the Blind of Ohio Mary and Bill Aronin Dan Austin Ballston Spa Lions Club Scott Bieler Bradley Tree & Landscaping Brinkerhoff and Neuville Katherine and Harry Bues

Chubb & Son Inc. Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Cingular Wireless Citgo Petroleum Corp. Citigroup Foundation Citizens Financial Group Inc. Computer Associates Countrywide Home Loans Del Monte Foods Deutsche Bank Americas Foundation Dominion Foundation Duke Energy Foundation Electronic Arts The Elsevier Foundation Entegris Matching Gift Program Entertainment Software Association Ericsson GE Mobile Corporation Excel Energy Foundation Exxon-Mobil Foundation Inc. Fannie Mae First Data Corporation FM Global Foundation Freddie Mac Foundation G.E. Foundation The Gannett Foundation Gap Foundation Gartner Group Gibbons Foundation The Gillette Company Goldman, Sachs & Co. Goodrich Corporation Highmark The Home Depot Houghton Mifflin Hewlett Packard HSBC Illinois Tool Works Foundation Indus Capital Partners LLC ING Security Life Institutional Investor Inc. JP Morgan & Co. The J.K. Group Inc. Johnson & Johnson Kaplan Inc. Key Foundation Kimberly-Clark Kraft LandAmerica Foundation Lehman Brothers Lilly Endowment Inc. Los Angeles Times The Lubrizol Foundation Lyondell Chemical Company Macy’s Foundation Marion Board Matching Gift Program Massachusetts Mutual Life Maverick Capital Foundation
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McDonald’s Corporation McGraw-Hill Companies Merck Partnership for Giving Meredith Corporation Merrill Lynch Company Microsoft Corporation Monsanto Fund Moody’s Corporation Morgan Stanley Murphy Oil Corporation Newmont Mining Corporation Newsweek Nike Nokia Oppenheimer Funds Oracle Matching Gifts Program Pepsico Foundation Pfizer Foundation Matching Gifts Program PhilipMorris USA Pioneer Investment Management USA Prospect Hill Foundation R.J. Reynolds RBC Capital Markets Reebok Rogers Corporation Saint-Goain Corporation The Sallie Mae Fund Square D Foundation The Standard Stanley Works Subaru of America Temple-Inland Foundation Prudential Foundation Thomson Financial Tyco U.S. Bancorp Foundation UBS Foundation Unilever US Foundation Union Bank Of California Unum Provident Corporation Velcro USA Inc. Verizon Wachovia Foundation The Wallace Foundation Washington Mutual Williams Community W.W. Grainger Yum Brands Foundation Inc. Zurich North America Foundation

Pathfinder Society
Mr. and Mrs. Ronald E. Ahlers Miss Anne Airel Mrs. Barbara Aldrich Ms. Nell M. Alger Mrs. Cynthia Y. (Byron) Allen Mrs. Alice T. Baird Chris and Linda Ball Mr. L. Eddie Ball
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Mr and Mrs. Stephen W. Barker Mr. and Mrs. George E. Bashaw Mr. Ray P. Beck Ms. Gayle Becker Betty Bernstein Gail and Charles Bisgnano Ms. Linda Blakely Ms. Ruth E. Bodbyl Mr. and Mrs. Nathan J. Bolognini Mr. and Mrs. Warren J. Boo Ms. Ardis Bourland Marion I. Brandjes Ann D. Broekhuizen Mr. Walter A. Bunton Ellen M. Camner Sylvia F. Camner Mrs. Marion E. Carpenter Linda M. Cartwright Alma Catsman Ruth Chase Sylvia L. Clementson Florence Colby Mrs. John Coleman Mrs. Pearl A. Conner Mr. and Mrs. Tom Cote Mrs. Deidre H. Crofton Mrs. Patricia Curran Maria Curreri Eileen M. Curtin Isabella Daigle Powell Mr. Paul W. Dalton John D’Ambra Ms. Barbara Jane Davidson Ms. P. Kay Davies Ellen Davis Karen DeLisle Mr. Michael DellaRipa Mrs. M.J. Donnelly Jeanne K. Dregalla Ms. Patricia Driscoll Ms. Dianne M. Ende Mrs. Richard Ferchaud Carmen Figueroa Ms. Sally J. Fisher Mrs. Marydel C. Flint Mrs. Suzanne Ford Rita O’Brien Sims Franklin Ms. Irma Freudenreich Ms. Dona Friedman, BSN Ms. Lois F. Gaelen Minnie Cobey Gallman Ms. Margaret Gardiner Robert Garland Dr. Joel Gavriele Gold Franklin Duke Gillespie Miss Virginia Giovinco Ms. Mara Gold Mr. and Mrs. James Goldman Mrs. Patricia Gordon Marsha Graves Christine Grimwood

Ms. Connie M. Gulvas Mrs. Natalie Hall Mr. and Mrs. John K. Hammel Dr. and Mrs. Michael E. Hanyak, Jr. Miss Carole J. Higgins Ms. Sally W. Higgins Fae L. Hoffman Mrs. Flo Hollenbaugh Betty L. Holloway Mrs. Marie Horhota Mrs. Gail A. Hummer Mr. and Mrs. Moreland Irby, Jr. Jewell Jacobsen Ms. Mary Janvrin Mr. and Mrs. Paul C. Johnson Dr. Myra Kaplan Barbara Kautz Michael and Arlene Kelly Kenneth Laban Mrs. Shirley A. Laird Jane Landenberger Mr. Marvin P. Langanki Ms. Jacqueline Lanning Mrs. Elizabeth Lehman Ms. Beatrice Lemlein Elsie Levdar Christine B. Lewis Mary Adams Loomba Mr. and Mrs. John Luicci Peggy Nance Lyle Ms. Trudy MacGregor Ms. Arlene MacQuown Mrs. Lenore T. Mahowald Marsha Maksymiw Mr. Kurt Malison Mr. Julian Malkiel Michael Mallies Mrs. Dwight (Ursula) Mamlok Miranda H. Markart Laura Markowitz Caroline Marr Mrs. Rowland J. Maslin Lee Mathers Shirley Matthai Mr. and Mrs. Charles McNutt Mr. John V. Meeks Mrs. Marcia Meracle Ed and Ruby Mertz Mr. Larry Meyers Ms. Patricia A. Morey Karen Naja Skippy Newberry Charlotte Prescott Newton Laura Oftedahl Bob Oldham Mrs. Margaret Osterhoudt Mr. and Mrs. Douglas Ott Mrs. Katherine T. Penney Ms. Arleen Peterson Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Peterson Mr. Edgar L. Pfarre

Drs. James and Eva Powers Mr. and Mrs. Angelo J. and Ellen Purcigliotti Francis Rasmus Jr. Donna Raven Mr. and Mrs. William M. Rice Gordon and Susan Richardson Mrs. William Ripple Mrs. Thelma Rosenblum Ms. Edith Rosenfield Mr. Betrand Rossignol Mr. Leo E. Roy Elizabeth Ruck Terry and Carolyn Ryan Ms. Florence Sakely Patricia Salisbury David and Betsy Sandstrom Mr. and Mrs. Richard Schmidt Sandra M. Simpson Mr. and Mrs. William I. Small Mrs. Carol P. Spisak Mark F. Spisak Life Insurance Trust Mrs. Kate A. Springs Bill and Jeanne St. Clair Norbert Stegemann Mr. Lee Stickell Walter Strauss Mr. James E. Studdiford Mrs. Martha Sweeney Ms. Marylou Tripolino Ms. Darlene J. Turner Charlotte L. Vernon J. Rachelle Walker Mr. and Mrs. Edward Warsow Mr. and Mrs. Kurt O. Wasson H.T. Watkinson Ellis C. Waxham Mr. and Mrs. Michael Welt Jim and Bobbie White Natalie J. Wiggins Helen C. Wilson Mr. Charley H. Wise Mr. Fred Wolter Ms. Louise B. Wulff Armen Yolian Joy Young Lynne Young Alice M. Zittel Anonymous Members

Plus the 250,000 generous individuals who support Guiding Eyes through our direct marketing program.

Dear Friends,
During a year in which new economic challenges seemed to present themselves every day, Guiding Eyes for the Blind reinforced its commitment to doing everything we can for those blind men and women who seek the independence provided by a Guiding Eyes dog.

While we know that Guiding Eyes graduates are creative, courageous, and productive, we also recognize that the current economic climate may cause them hardships that others might not face. So now, as always, we strive to do more than provide them with comprehensive guide dog training, at no charge. We try to extend a helping hand in any way in which our resources allow. When Guiding Eyes graduates relocate, an instructor will visit to help the team orient to their new physical surroundings – no matter where their new home is. When Guiding Eyes graduates need financial assistance to provide professional veterinary care for their dog, we offer them support from funds established just for this purpose. When Guiding Eyes graduates need advice on the software and hardware that will best meet their needs, our full-time Assistive Technology Specialist (a Guiding Eyes graduate) can provide advice. When a Guiding Eyes graduate is denied access to a public place, our Manager of Consumer Outreach and Graduate Support (also a Guiding Eyes graduate) will become their advocate to assure their rights under the Americans with Disabilities Act. These are but a few examples of how we go above and beyond to support our graduates. With your help, we will continue to offer blind men and women from around the world the highest standard in guide dog breeding and training. Thank you for your continued support.

Sincerely,

Donald J. Matthews
Chairman, Board of Directors

William D. Badger
President and Chief Executive Officer

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Financials
Statement of Activities
PUBLIC SUPPORT Contributions Planned Giving Miscellaneous Income Net Assets Released From Restrictions Total Public Support PROGRAM SERVICES Student Instruction & Dog Training Student Services Veterinary Hospital Canine Development Center Facility & Food Service Enrichment Total Program Services SUPPORTING SERVICES Management & General Fundraising Total Supporting Services TOTAL EXPENSES Excess of public support over (under) expenses Investment Income Other Net Asset Adjustments Net Assets, Beginning of Year NET ASSETS, END OF YEAR $ 1,170,892 3,069,325 4,240,217 $18,859,731 (114,780) (7,358,766) (510,273) $58,125,776 $50,141,957 $ $ 491,220 1,764,528 $1,764,528 $2,255,748 $ 369,625 $ 1,170,892 3,069,325 4,240,217 $18,859,731 746,065 (7,358,766) (510,273) $64,596,365 $57,473,391 $ $ 4,785,907 894,702 2,122,058 3,440,472 1,728,578 1,647,797 $14,619,514 $ 4,785,907 894,702 2,122,058 3,440,472 1,728,578 1,647,797 $14,619,514 UNRESTRICTED $10,353,318 7,480,791 310,139 600,703 $18,744,951 TEMPORARILY RESTRICTED $1,091,923 PERMANENTLY RESTRICTED $ 369,625 TOTAL $11,814,866 7,480,791 310,139 $19,605,796

(600,703) $ 491,220

$ 369,625

$4,706,061 $5,075,686

Statement of Financial Position
ASSETS Cash and Cash Equivalents Investments Contributions Receivable Land, Buildings and Equipment, net Other Assets Principal Amount of Funds Held in Trust Total Assets LIABILITIES & NET ASSETS Accounts Payable & Accrued Expenses Reserve for Funds Held in Trust Bonds Payable Net Assets Total Assets $ 3,493,385 382,119 6,180,000 50,141,957 $60,197,461 UNRESTRICTED $13,052,277 27,987,396 1,187,348 17,042,929 544,892 382,119 $60,197,461

TEMPORARILY RESTRICTED $2,255,748

PERMANENTLY RESTRICTED $5,075,686

TOTAL $13,052,277 35,318,830 1,187,348 17,042,929 544,892 382,119 $67,528,895

$2,255,748

$5,075,686

2,255,748 $2,255,748

5,075,686 $5,075,686

$ 3,493,385 382,119 6,180,000 57,473,391 $67,528,895

FY08 FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES

Programs 78%

FY08 PUBLIC SUPPORT

Management and Administrative 6%

Fundraising 16%

Other 2%

Planned Giving 38%

Contributions 60%

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Board of Directors
Donald J. Matthews, Chairman Curt J. Landtroop, Vice Chair/Treasurer Mary J. Conway, Vice Chair Suzanne Brown, Vice Chair/Secretary Renee Abernathy Wendy Aglietti Robert F. Dall John L. Donnelly David Fein Louis J. Freeh Paul Holland Kimberly Kelly Susan Litwer Thomas McC. Souther

Charles Scharf

Staff
William D. Badger
President and Chief Executive Officer

Lisa Deutsch
Vice President for Marketing and Development

Jeremiah Attard
Comptroller

Carolyn Kihm
Director of Human Resources

Karen McClure
Director of Direct Marketing

Jane Russenberger
Senior Director, Canine Development Center

Jody Sandler, DVM
Director of Veterinary Services

Jose Vargas
Director of Food Service, Maintenance and Housekeeping

Kathy Zubrycki
Director of Training and Admissions
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For over 50 years,
Guiding Eyes has provided these outstanding services to the blind and visually impaired at no charge. Thank you for your continued support.

Our Core Values

Our Students
There is nothing more important than recognizing the individual needs and aspirations of our students and graduates. We are committed to supporting and encouraging every effort in their pursuit to achieve success.

Our Guiding Eyes Dogs
Bred to possess superior confidence and strength, raised and trained with patience and affection, a Guiding Eyes dog is specially bred for its higher calling. Recognizing this, we are committed to assuring a lifetime of well-being for every one of our dogs. Educating the sighted public about guide dog usage is an important part of this commitment.

Our Puppy Raisers
The heart and soul of Guiding Eyes is the generosity and selflessness of our puppy-raising families. Without their extraordinary dedication, our program would not exist. As a result of their unique relationship with the puppies they raise, they share a very special common bond with our graduates.

Our Volunteers
This Annual Report is made possible, in part, by the generosity of TFI Envision, Inc.

Our volunteers are truly the unsung heroes of Guiding Eyes. They give so much of themselves without seeking recognition. Their dedication and tireless support, for which we can never show enough gratitude, is a profound gift to our students and graduates.

Our Staff
We are bonded by a common goal. . . our mission. To that end, each and every Guiding Eyes staff member performs an essential role. We recognize that the quality of our program is inextricably linked to the collective spirit we bring to our work.

“One can never consent to creep when one feels an impulse to soar.”
Helen Keller

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