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Guiding Eyes dog Erin relaxes with her front legs crossed.March 1, 2015: A Blind Dining Experience: A delicious 5-course tasting menu plus gelato benefiting Guiding Eyes. Guests will be offered blindfolds to test just how discriminating their taste buds are with prizes awarded to the diners with the savviest palates. $75 per person. Seating is limited. Reservations required. 1:00 – 4:00pm. Via Vanti! Restaurant & Gelateria, 2 Kirby Plaza, Mount Kisco. 914-666-6400. 

March 3, 2015: We’ll hold our 2nd annual wine tasting benefit, The Refined Palate of the Blind Sommelier, from 4:30 – 6:30pm at Pistache French Bistro, 101 North Clematis Street in West Palm Beach. Attendees will join renowned sommelier and Guiding Eyes graduate Amy Dixon, accompanied by Guiding Eyes dog Elvis, for a unique paired wine and hors d’oeuvres tasting experience.

Tickets for The Refined Palate of the Blind Sommelier start at $100. Premium tickets are available for $150 and include a bottle of wine hand-selected by Dixon. Seating is limited and reservations are required by February 26th. For more information or to purchase tickets, contact Erica Stanzione at 914-243-2238 or

May 2 – Nightwalk in NYC: Few events bring a community together like Bruce Stark’s annual Nightwalk in NYC, when the Upper West Side comes out in droves to support their favorite local business – Beacon Paint and Hardware.  Bruce and his family raise money for Guiding Eyes in honor of their late sister, Marcia, who received two guide dogs from the school in the seventies. Click here to learn more about this event.

June 8, 2015:  The 38th Annual Guiding Eyes Golf Classic will be held at Mount Kisco and Fairview Country Clubs.  Visit the golf page to learn more.  Be sure to register early for this always sold-out event; contact Erica Stanzione at 914.243.2238 or at


Via Vanti! presents Dining in the Dark

Posted 11th February 2015

On Sunday, March 1, Via Vanti! Restaurant & Gelateria in Mt. Kisco will host its second annual “Dining in the Dark” event from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. to support Guiding Eyes. The unique “blind dining” experience includes a delicious five course tasting menu plus gelato. Guests will be offered blindfolds to test just how discriminating [...]

NHL All-Star Game

Posted 25th January 2015

Amy Dixon had Guiding Eyes dog Elvis by her side as she spoke at the National Hockey League’s All Star Game luncheon yesterday in Columbus, OH.  Last night, the well-traveled guide dog team attended the game, where they enjoyed meeting a wide variety of star athletes. We’re grateful to have Amy on the Guiding Eyes [...]

TODAY: Our partner in raising a puppy with a purpose

Posted 20th January 2015

A roundup of video clips starring the #TODAYpuppy – a future Guiding Eyes guide dog.   Jan 19: Savannah Guthrie recaps how the pup spent his weekend at work and play. Jan 16: Saxon joins TODAY to tell us about how our new Puppy with a Purpose has been spending his time, pointing out that [...]

Guiding Eyes partners with TODAY show!

Posted 12th January 2015

Exciting News: NBC’s TODAY will welcome a Guiding Eyes puppy onto the show on Wednesday, January 14th!   The TODAY anchors and staff will join our puppy raising team in providing a variety of positive socialization experiences for this lucky future guide dog. Our pup will help Matt Lauer read breaking news and assist Al [...]

Happy Giving Tuesday!

Posted 2nd December 2014

This year, Guiding Eyes provided 150 guide dogs to individuals who are blind or visually impaired and 12 service dogs to families with children with autism. We also supported more than 1,000 active guide and service dog users around the world.  Your gifts allow our graduates to expand their horizons and achieve their goals. DONATE [...]

November 2014 Graduate Class

Posted 17th November 2014

Thank you to the sponsors of this month’s graduation ceremony: We are grateful for Harold Skolnick’s generosity to sponsor the training of Guiding Eyes Baldwin. The parents of graduate Shari Gooter are proud to sponsor this graduation in honor of their daughter and her Guiding Eyes dogs – Hopper, Frisco, Gemma and Shari’s new dog, [...]

October 2014 Graduate Class

Posted 18th October 2014

Thank you to the sponsors of this month’s graduation ceremony: Linda Connelly: Congratulations to all the new guide dog teams graduating today. I would like to thank Chevron Humankind for sponsoring this graduation on my behalf. I was inspired to become a Guiding Eyes volunteer in memory of my beloved golden retriever, Sandy. Embrace your [...]

Heeling Autism Challenge a Success

Posted 13th October 2014

Dear Friends: I am pleased to announce the challenge to raise $100,000 for the autism service dog program at Guiding Eyes for the Blind has been successful! Thanks to the generosity of our donors, and the special support of the Fontana family who received Heeling Autism dog Echo, the message to raise funds was embraced. [...]

The Pennsylvania Challenge

Posted 10th October 2014

The George T. Walker Charitable Fund of The Lehigh Valley Community Foundation Challenge will help us raise $180,000 to support Pennsylvania residents who are blind or visually impaired. Funds raised will defray the expenses associated with providing a professionally trained Guiding Eyes dog to those who are blind as well as ongoing services available to [...]

Guiding Eyes Appoints Chief Operations Officer

Posted 1st October 2014

Guiding Eyes has promoted Hopewell Junction resident Dr. Jody Sandler, DVM, to Chief Operating Officer (COO). Formerly the organization’s Director of Veterinary Services, Dr. Sandler has been a Guiding Eyes team member since 1990. As COO, Dr. Sandler will oversee key operations at Guiding Eyes’ main campus in Yorktown Heights as well as at its [...]

Fall 2014 Heeling Autism Class

Posted 26th September 2014

Six service dogs graduated with new families today.  They’ll head out into the world this week, joining the 55 service dogs who are actively working in families with children with autism.  We marvel at the exponential impact these dogs will have in their new homes; they’ll help children and their parents, they will support siblings [...]

Foster a Guiding Eyes Brood or Stud

Posted 27th August 2014

Volunteer brood and stud fosters provide homes for the extraordinary dogs in our breeding colony. These dogs are responsible for creating future generations of Guiding Eyes guide and service dogs. Learn more about fostering a brood or stud at our upcoming open house: Saturday, September 20th, 1:00 pm Guiding Eyes Canine Development Center 361 Route [...]

August 2014 Graduate Class

Posted 16th August 2014

Thank you to the very special people supporting this month’s graduation: “The Bashaw Family is so proud to sponsor this graduation! We are honored to have been a part of the Guiding Eyes Family for over eighteen years. Good luck to all of the graduates, their new guide dogs and all of the wonderful adventures [...]

July 2014 Graduate Class

Posted 19th July 2014

Thank you to the very special people supporting this month’s graduation: Sally Stokhamer, annual graduation sponsor. We gratefully acknowledge the Fain Family’s support of our video streaming capabilities. Click here to view the July graduation online. Meet our Residential Graduates Ashley and Fuller Carly and Brinkley Abby and Kathy Mary Abby and Kylie Sarah and [...]

June 2014 Graduate Class

Posted 21st June 2014

Thank you to the very special people supporting this month’s graduation: Betsy and Fred Rhines: “June is a big month for graduations! We are delighted to congratulate the men and women who have completed their training at the Guiding Eyes campus. We wish them well as they celebrate with their families and then leave to [...]