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September 2016 Graduating Class

Posted 9th September 2016

   Congratulations to the September 2016 class from Audie Marks and Team Oliver U.K. Team Oliver is a group that works to raise awareness about guide and service dogs and are so pleased to sponsor today’s graduation and continue our ongoing support of the great work of Guiding Eyes for the Blind. We gratefully acknowledge […]

Guiding Eyes for the Blind Graduate Continuing Education Seminar

Posted 7th September 2016

Continuing Education Seminar. Click here to learn more about this weekend-long seminar and register.

Sparkle for a Cause!

Posted 19th August 2016

  Join Guiding Eyes for the Blind at Crabtree’s Kittle House to Sparkle for a Cause. Click here for details.

August 2016 Graduating Class

Posted 12th August 2016

 Allie Driesen is sponsoring today’s graduation with a portion of the money received from her Bat Mitzvah. Her family adopted Neptune, a Guiding Eyes release dog, as a puppy seven years ago and he has been her best friend ever since. Allie is very proud to contribute to such a worthy cause. In appreciation and […]

July 2016 Graduating Class

Posted 15th July 2016

Given in honor of Ralph Sole and Dudley P., and in memory of Alpo, O’Neil, and Midas, with all my love. Terri Pigue In honor of my guide, Fairest: I give her food, care, and love. In return, she gives me the world. We love her so very much. Best of luck to everyone in […]

Statement from the Board of Directors and CEO-Tom Panek

Posted 13th July 2016

July 12, 2016   We, the CEO and Board of Directors of Guiding Eyes for the Blind, would like to extend our appreciation for the passion many families have expressed in support of our Heeling Autism program. Over the past several years, we have helped children with autism and their families make life-changing connections with […]

Heeling Autism Program Update

Posted 29th June 2016

Dear Friends, The “Heeling Autism” Program was introduced by Guiding Eyes for the Blind as one of our alternate careers for dogs not suited for guide dog work, which are instead placed with families with children on the autism spectrum. The program has flourished for the past seven years and provided great dogs to many […]

June 2016 Graduating Class

Posted 24th June 2016

Audie Marks and Team Oliver U.K. are proud to sponsor the June 2016 class. From across the pond we wish you the best of new beginnings. Congratulations to all the June graduates! May each of these newly formed partnerships greet each day with confidence and trust in one another. We wish all of you smooth […]

Raffle Winner

Posted 13th June 2016

Congratulations on raffle winner ticket #0702.

Golf Raffle is no longer available for purchase.

Posted 10th June 2016

June 10, 2016 – Golf Raffle is no longer available for purchase.

Lions Day

Posted 23rd May 2016

25th Salute to the Lions Saturday, July 30, 2016 11:00 a.m. –2:00 p.m. Yorktown height, NY

May 2016 Graduating Class

Posted 20th May 2016

Congratulations to all the May Graduates. Our donation to Guiding Eyes is in loving memory of our dearest Alli Cimring, who also dedicated her life to helping others with physical and emotional disabilities. With this gift, we hope to honor her noble work, her love for dogs, and continue her legacy of giving. Zimmet Healthcare […]

Spring 2016 Heeling Autism Class

Posted 11th May 2016

Heeling Autism graduates six more dogs with their new families, bringing our total to 75 service dogs actively working with children on the autism spectrum. We wish them luck as they begin this incredible journey! Noel, Cedar, Brandy, Fievel, Mickey, Ricardo Spring 2016 Heeling Autism Staff: Caroline McCabe Sandler, Heeling Autism Program Director Maureen Mellett, […]

Between Dogs

Posted 10th May 2016

Imagine growing into the perfect relationship. Cheek to cheek, shoulder to shoulder, you grow so close to your partner that it feels like you two are puzzle pieces, interlocking to complete one another. The harness buckled makes you one. That’s how it is feels to be in the perfect guide dog team. When you need […]

April 2016 Graduating Class

Posted 22nd April 2016

Emergency Services Fuel Corp. and friends would like to congratulate the graduating teams for April 2016. Special thanks to the staff, volunteers, and puppy raisers of Guiding Eyes for producing such extraordinary dogs. We are deeply humbled to be a part of this day. Best of luck to all of you. Every new beginning comes […]

Guiding Eyes for the Blind 39th Annual Golf Classic

Posted 18th April 2016

Click here for the Golf Raffle page. Click here for the Golf Dinner registration page.

Guiding Eyes President Thomas Panek is once again running in the Boston Marathon

Posted 15th April 2016

Guiding Eyes President Thomas Panek is once again running in the Boston Marathon on Monday, April 18.  Please support his efforts by donating to Guiding Eyes for the Blind!

Guiding Eyes for the Blind is excited to celebrate National Volunteer Week April 10th to April 16th!

Posted 12th April 2016

In honor of your service as a volunteer with us, we have created this short video to extend a heartfelt thank you on behalf of the Guiding Eyes board and staff.   We are truly fortunate to have your support.  Your dedication and ongoing volunteer commitment enables us to accomplish our goal of providing exceptional […]

Enter to win a 2016 Lexus CT200h F-Sport

Posted 11th April 2016

  For a chance to win a 2016 Lexus CT200h F-Sport, place your raffle ticket order over the phone by contacting Hospitality Resource Group at 914-761-7111. Drawing will take place on June 13, 2016 at the 39th annual Guiding Eyes Golf Classic hosted by Eli Manning. All proceeds benefit Guiding Eyes for the Blind, an internationally accredited […]

Local school collects pennies for Guiding Eyes for the Blind

Posted 30th March 2016

Local school collects pennies for Guiding Eyes for the Blind

Kathy Nimmer, 2015 Indiana Teacher of the Year

Posted 22nd March 2016

March 22, 2016 Kathy Nimmer, 2015 Indiana Teacher of the Year, and Guiding Eyes dog Nacho continue Southern Vermont tour.   Kathy Nimmer sitting on school chair and Yellow lab Nacho in harness waits at her feet.

March 2016 Graduating Class

Posted 17th March 2016

Congratulations to all the graduates!  We wish you the very best in your new partnerships as you move into the expanding adventure of life together! Alan and Jean Hammond Congratulations graduates, trainers, volunteers, and guide dogs!  The meaning of the word trust is indescribable when referring to what you have all accomplished.  I wish all […]

Wrangler had an awesome sendoff on Today

Posted 10th March 2016

The Today Crew Bids Farewell to Beloved Guide Dog in Training 

Thursday, March 10 will be Wrangler’s last day on Today

Posted 9th March 2016

  It’s been a wonderful year.  Wrangler will have his In For Training test on Tuesday, March 15.  Please come back to see exciting updates on his progress.

February 2016 Graduating Class

Posted 27th February 2016

Best of luck to all February Graduates from Vista Lewisboro Pack 101 We also thank the Fain Family for their support of our online streaming capabilities. Watch this month’s graduation live by clicking here. Residential Graduates: Mary Ann and Kirstie Susan and Paprika Dannie and Artie Shawna and Erie DeAnna and Kendalee Alexis and Yankee […]

Guiding Eyes pups keep retired Westlake, Ohio Police Department officer busy

Posted 22nd February 2016

Guiding Eyes pups keep retired Westlake, Ohio Police Department officer busy

Eagle Scout Project at Guiding Eyes for the Blind

Posted 4th February 2016

Hello everyone!  My name is Karen McClure and I have been with Guiding Eyes for the Blind since 1994, which is when I met Robert’s mother, Cathy.  We have been friends and colleagues for many years, and so I was thrilled to learn that Robert was interested in completing his Eagle Scout project at Guiding […]

January 2016 Graduating Class

Posted 3rd February 2016

  The Westchester Council of the Blind www.wcbny.org is proud to sponsor the January 30, 2016 graduation at Guiding Eyes for the Blind. Congratulations to all the graduates and puppy raisers in honor of our wonderful Noya girl! Sarah Bolensky “Go confidently in the direction of your dreams! Live the life you’ve imagined.” Henry David […]

Happy New Year from everyone in the Guiding Eyes Family!

Posted 1st January 2016

Happy New Year from everyone in the Guiding Eyes family—our students and graduates, staff and volunteers! Without your support we couldn’t provide the gift of independence that comes when we create partnerships with our magnificent Guiding Eyes dogs. Thank you!  

CBS to rebroadcast a special report on our Running Guide Program December 24th in the 8 o’clock hour

Posted 24th December 2015

Tune in to the CBS Morning Show on Thursday December 24th, Christmas Eve morning around 8:15am (EST) to view the re-broadcast of a special report on our Running Guide Pilot Program… Guiding Eyes set out to meet the challenge of training a guide dog to navigate obstacles at a faster pace, with the ultimate objective […]

The IRA Charitable Rollover is now Permanent!

Posted 22nd December 2015

A tax incentive known as the IRA Charitable Rollover enables our friends to support Guiding Eyes through a tax-free withdrawal of any amount up  to $100,000 from an individual retirement account (“IRA”), if the withdrawal is transferred directly to our organization. On December 18, 2015, the president signed legislation to extend the IRA  charitable rollover indefinitely. […]

How My Pet Lives New York City

Posted 22nd December 2015

How My Pet Lives New York City  

December 2015 Graduating Class

Posted 21st December 2015

Thank you to the sponsors of this month’s graduating class: Barbara and David Katz The Estate of Cheryl Ann Krull   We also thank the Fain Family for their support of our online streaming capabilities. Watch this month’s graduation live by clicking here. Resident Graduates: Adele Ritchie & Alexandra P Bobbie Marshall & Allison Brenda […]

Raising puppies and changing lives

Posted 20th December 2015

When Guiding Eyes for the Blind puppy raiser Lorraine Trapani was faced the incredible loss of her husband, she struggled to rebuild her life. Several years passed and Lorraine delved deeper into a place of despair until one day, a friend of hers who had attended a graduation at the school suggested she consider raising […]

The Season for Giving- Benefits of Donating Securities

Posted 11th December 2015

A gift of appreciated securities to Guiding Eyes for the Blind is a wonderful way to support our renowned guide and service dog programs. If you have owned the securities (stock, bonds or mutual funds) over a year, you will be entitled to a tax deduction for their full value—and you will avoid capital gains […]

Fall 2015 Heeling Autism Class

Posted 11th December 2015

This fall, six Heeling Autism dogs graduated and each one is now making a profound difference in the lives of children on the autism spectrum and their families. Every day, children who have been partnered with these exceptional dogs are making remarkable strides with their professionally trained dogs by their sides. October 2015 Heeling Autism […]

Guiding Eyes for the Blind and the United States Association of Blind Athletes (USABA) Forge Partnership

Posted 6th December 2015

The United States Association of Blind Athletes (USABA) provides life-enriching sports opportunities for every individual with visual impairment. Guiding Eyes and the USABA have forged a partnership based on their shared goal of removing boundaries for people with vision loss and challenging accepted notions of independence. This collaboration is timely; Thomas Panek, Guiding Eyes for […]

Vilachá Eyewear® and Guiding Eyes Partner to help support the school’s life-changing work

Posted 26th November 2015

We are very excited to announce our partnership with Vilachá Eyewear® (vilacha.eu), a premium independent designer and manufacturer of handcrafted sunglasses based in Europe. As part of this growing company’s social responsibility initiative, they have agreed that for every pair of sunglasses purchased on their web site between November 25th and December 21st using promo […]

November 2015 Graduating Class

Posted 17th November 2015

Thank you to the sponsors of this month’s graduating class: Family and Friends of Jim Guerra Estate of Pamela Horn We also thank the Fain Family for their support of our online streaming capabilities. Watch this month’s graduation live by clicking here.   Richard and Omaha Richard has just received Omaha, a male yellow Labrador […]

Our deepest sympathy and condolences

Posted 17th November 2015

Our deepest sympathy and condolences to the family of Robert F. Dall , dedicated and long-standing Board Member of Guiding Eyes for the Blind. Mr. Dall passed away peacefully on Sunday, November 15 at the age of 81. Beloved husband of Rosalie Dall, devoted father to Matthew Dall and Christopher Dall, loyal brother to Janet […]

Happy Birthday Wrangler!

Posted 6th November 2015

If you’ve been keeping up with our local Guiding Eyes celebrity on the TODAY Show, you’ll know that Wrangler turns 1 today – and it’s been quite a year! Every day, under the watchful eye of his puppy raiser Saxon Eastman, he has experienced a range of socialization experiences in studio 1A that are diverse, […]

JP Morgan Chase Lobby Exhibit

Posted 27th October 2015

JPMorgan Chase and Guiding Eyes for the Blind partner for a three-day interactive disability awareness event Guiding Eyes for the Blind is proud to have been selected as part of a three-day interactive lobby exhibit event hosted by JPMorgan Chase – “One Firm, Many Voices: Accessibility Matters” – to celebrate the company’s commitment to people […]

October 2015 Graduating Class

Posted 16th October 2015

Thank you to the sponsors of this month’s graduating class: Carol Parish & Marty Zeldin The Carey Family We also thank the Fain Family for their support of our online streaming capabilities. Watch this month’s graduation live by clicking here. Residential Graduates: Amy & Harmon Angelo & Olga Ann & Mint Dannie & Persia Detrick […]

Guide dog gives blind marathon runner “freedom”

Posted 1st October 2015

Guide dogs have proven that they are more than just “man’s best friend,” offering the greatest assistance to those who are visually impaired. But one special dog is also helping his best friend stay active, reports CBS News correspondent Barry Petersen… directing you to the CBS news video… Page loading… If story does not load […]

Guiding Eyes for the Blind is pleased to announce that the Running Guides Pilot Program first phase is a success.

Posted 30th September 2015

Tune in to the CBS Morning Show on Thursday at 8:15am (EST) to view a special report on our Running Guide Pilot Program… Guiding Eyes set out to meet the challenge of training a guide dog to navigate obstacles at a faster pace, with the ultimate objective of safely guiding a blind handler while running. A […]

Celebrating the Guiding Eyes for the Blind Canine Development Center

Posted 28th September 2015

We have just celebrated a great milestone with the Grand Opening of the newly renovated Guiding Eyes for the Blind Canine Development Center. The vision for a place that supports our groundbreaking work in breeding and early socialization is now a reality, and I couldn’t be prouder of this incredible team effort. The sunny weather […]

September 2015 Graduating Class

Posted 19th September 2015

Click here to view this month’s graduation live. Residential Graduates: Victoria & Radley Natalie & Annie Matthew & Marilyn Andrew & Shade Patrick & Earnhardt Barbara & Lil Mary & Rowena Home Training Program: Kathleen & Frank Susan & Nemo Judith & Olaf Special Needs Program: Charlotte & Maggie Many thanks to our instructors: Melinda […]

Salty, a relative of Wrangler’s, led blind owner to safety from 71st floor on 9/11

Posted 11th September 2015

“That guy Salty will always have a special place in my heart, to see my family grow, to see my daughters grow, to continue to be together with my family — it’s such a gift. Life is a gift… Redirecting to full story…

Guiding Eyes CEO and ultra-marathoner run to benefit the organization

Posted 29th June 2015

Imagine running a few miles over the rocks, roots and staircases scattered along the treacherousAppalachian Trail. Now imagine running it without your vision. That’s what Guiding Eyes’ CEO, Thomas Panek, was able to accomplish Wednesday when he joined ultra-marathon runner Scott Jurek on Bear Mountain. Thomas Panek, who has been blind since his early 20s first ran […]

Via Vanti! presents Dining in the Dark

Posted 11th February 2015

On Sunday, March 29, 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 […]