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Eli Manning Joins Board of Directors

Eli Manning Named to Board of Directors for
Guiding Eyes for the Blind

Manning Expands Commitment After Years of Volunteer Work for the New York-Based Organization that Trains Guide Dogs for the Visually Impaired


Eli Manning stands in front of a step and repeat at a Guiding Eyes event while holding an adorable yellow lab puppy.YORKTOWN HEIGHTS, NY, April 29, 2020 — The New York-based non-profit Guiding Eyes for the Blind announced this week that beloved New York Giants legendary quarterback and two-time Super Bowl Champion and MVP Eli Manning has been appointed to its board of directors.

A generous long-time supporter of the organization, Manning has been volunteering with Guiding Eyes for nearly fifteen years and is now extending his commitment to serve on the board of directors, his first board position of any kind. Manning and his family recently named a litter of puppies. The six Labrador Retriever puppies received their new names and are now being trained to become guide dogs.

“I am thrilled to continue my journey with Guiding Eyes for the Blind as a member of the Board of Directors,” Manning said. “I have had years of practice working with a dedicated team of individuals towards a common goal. I hope to use that experience to champion Guiding Eyes, which means so much to me and my entire family.”

“We are honored to appoint Eli Manning to the Guiding Eyes’ Board of Directors,” said Thomas Panek, President and CEO of Guiding Eyes for the Blind. “He has been a committed volunteer and partner to Guiding Eyes for many years and has a wealth of knowledge to bring to the table. We are all glad to be on Eli’s team.”

“Eli’s leadership and commitment are legendary, and Guiding Eyes will benefit tremendously from these skills,” said John Donnelly, Board Chair for Guiding Eyes for the Blind. “Eli has spent time with us and learned first hand how our dogs enable people to live independent lives.”

Guiding Eyes for the Blind has graduated over 8,000 guide dog teams since its founding in 1954. All services provided to the recipients, who are blind or visually impaired, are provided free of charge. Specialized training and a lifetime of veterinary support for the guide dog teams is second to none. The organization relies 100% on donations and a community of over 1,400 volunteers located throughout the United States. For more information about Guiding Eyes for the Blind, visit


About Guiding Eyes for the Blind

Guiding Eyes for the Blind is dedicated to creating and supporting life-changing connections between people and dogs. We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides superbly bred and trained dogs to people who are blind or visually impaired. Our dogs are known for their exceptional temperaments and success at helping people gain independence and to expand their horizons of opportunity.


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