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Graduate Stories

July 2017 Graduating Class

Posted 21st July 2017

Congratulations to the July 2017 graduating teams. Our sponsorship is in loving memory of our parents: Mildred and Edward Foley and Marjorie and Willard Flynn, who had a lifelong commitment to community service. We also honor the GEB Brood Stud Program and thank them for the opportunity to foster broods Halsa and Evita. Halsa’s pup […]

June 2017 Graduating Class

Posted 23rd June 2017

Congratulations to all the June 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 […]

May 2017 Graduating Class

Posted 26th May 2017

We are delighted to be part of this most worthwhile celebration. Colleen & Marc Schain It is a privilege to help sponsor this outstanding program. Orman “Skip” Leighton, DVM We gratefully acknowledge the Fain Family’s support of our video streaming capabilities. Watch this month’s graduation live by clicking here. Residential Graduates: Anthony & Hilda Ben […]

April 2017 Graduating Class

Posted 28th April 2017

Congratulations and tail wags to all the graduates from the students of Burr Elementary School in Fairfield, CT. Our sponsorship is dedicated to Cora Martin and Donna Henkel for teaching our school about the importance of guide dogs and for inspiring us to help Guiding Eyes for the Blind. Industrial Water Technologies, Inc. would like […]

“Bark at the Moon NON EVENT”

Posted 30th March 2017

“Bark at the Moon” fundraiser benefitting Guiding Eyes for the Blind! Buy your Bark at the Moon Tickets!

Team Pamaida Seeks Your Support!

Posted 30th March 2017

Pam + Maida = Running Team Pamaida Seeks Your Support! Approximately one year ago, after 12 years without running in my life I was matched with Maida, a 2 year old, black and tan German shepherd. I never dreamed I would be able to run again let alone run whenever I wanted to without having […]

March 2017 Graduating Class

Posted 24th March 2017

Congratulations graduates! Enjoy continuing to grow as a team and exploring the world with your new guides! – Guiding Eyes at Cornell Congratulations to TEAM DENNIS! May you have many safe and happy adventures together. Thank you to Ruth and Larry McConnelee for their dedication and commitment to raising over 20 puppies for Guiding Eyes. […]

Guide Dog PSA – Superhero Clothes

Posted 21st March 2017

An important PSA about interacting with guide dogs. This video is made by graduate Richard Hunter’s daughter and features Guiding Eyes Klinger. Please share this important message! 

Guiding Eyes for the Blind Graduate Continuing Education Seminar

Posted 8th March 2017

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

February 2017 Graduating Class

Posted 24th February 2017

Emergency Services Fuel Corporation and friends would like to congratulate the graduating teams for February 2017. Special thanks to the staff, volunteers, and puppy raisers of Guiding Eyes for producing such extraordinary dogs. Best of luck to all of you. – Ed and Joseph Dunckelman and Lisa Sinatra, volunteers and proud foster family of Vito […]

January 2017 Graduating Class

Posted 27th January 2017

  Kudos to the dedicated team of instructors and to all the extraordinary puppy raisers. Best of luck to the graduates! Your new canine partners will be tremendous additions to your lives. – Larry Kaiser   We gratefully acknowledge the Fain Family’s support of our video streaming capabilities.  Watch this month’s graduation live by clicking […]

December 2016 Graduating Class

Posted 2nd December 2016

In Loving Memory of Helen Souza-loving mother, Gram and Babcia. Mr. Paul Marchand is the proud sponsor of the December 2016 Guiding Eyes graduating class. We gratefully acknowledge the Fain Family’s support of our video streaming capabilities. Watch this month’s graduation live by clicking here. Residential Graduates: Bruce and Fleming Christine and Flannel Donna and […]

November 2016 Graduating Class

Posted 4th November 2016

  In Loving Remembrance of Kenneth M. Gleszer and his wife, Ann Griffin Gleszer. The Doolittle Foundation is proud to sponsor the November 2016 Guiding Eyes graduating class. We gratefully acknowledge the Fain Family’s support of our video streaming capabilities. Watch this month’s graduation live by clicking here. Residential Graduates: Amber & Elroy Douglas & […]

October 2016 Graduating Class

Posted 7th October 2016

In Loving Memory and in Gratitude of Shirley M. Kessler. We gratefully acknowledge the Fain Family’s support of our video streaming capabilities. Watch this month’s graduation live by clicking here.   Residential Graduates: Carol & Esther Carolyn & Iva Corey & Woodrow Douglas & Aria Kathleen & Brewster(P) Lisa & Iron Patrick & Elise Russell […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

First blind woman to climb Mount McKinley graduates with her seventh guide dog

Posted 27th August 2015

By Guiding Eyes August 2015 Graduate, Joan Phelps Thank you for the time and the effort that you have put into what we have here today. In my home in North West Pennsylvania, I put my hand on the front door and Hampton here will be by my side. I will walk down the sidewalk […]

August 2015 Graduating Class

Posted 22nd August 2015

Thank you to the sponsors of this month’s class: Thrivent Financial a graduation sponsor. The Dean Family a graduation sponsor. We also thank the Fain Family for their support of our video streaming capabilities. Click here to watch the August 2015 graduation. Residential Graduates: Elwood & Steve Joan & Hampton Megan & Nathan Richard & Klinger Timothy […]

July 2015 Graduating Class

Posted 25th July 2015

Thank you to the sponsors of this month’s class: Earl & Maxine Reiss who special named Guiding Eyes Laurence in honor of Laurence Tancredi. Betty Levinson who special named Guiding Eyes Sara. We also thank the Fain Family for their support of our video streaming capabilities. Click here to watch the July 2015 graduation. Residential […]

June 2015 Graduating Class

Posted 27th June 2015

Thank you to the sponsors of this month’s class: The Jacksonville Beaches Lions Club. Dr. Etta Eskridge We also thank the Fain Family for their support of our video streaming capabilities. Click here to watch the June 2015 graduation. Residential Graduates: Amanie and Tori Kimberly and Krista Lena and Elora Michael and Daquiri Nesa and […]

May 2015 Graduating Class

Posted 30th May 2015

Thank you to the sponsors of this month’s class: We are extremely grateful to an anonymous donor for sponsoring the training of Guiding Eyes Gadget. This gift is in honor of the donor’s friend, Jack Krakowsky. We also thank the Fain Family for their support of our video streaming capabilities. Click here to watch the […]

April 2015 Graduating Class

Posted 2nd May 2015

Thank you to the sponsors of this month’s class: Bob Rollman and Cindy Sullivan: “Congratulations to all the graduates, both two-legged and four-legged. We wish you many years of happy work and play together.” Zimmet Healthcare Services Group: “Congratulations to all the May Graduates. Our donation to Guiding Eyes is in loving memory of our […]

March 2015 Graduating Class

Posted 28th March 2015

   Thank you to the sponsors of this month’s class: Harold Skolnick, who sponsored the training of Guiding Eyes guide dog Eden. Spencer Cox, from SST European Auto Repair in Danbury, CT. We also thank the Fain Family for their support of our video streaming capabilities. Click here to watch the March 2015 graduation. Residential Graduates: Edita and […]

Forever Blessed

Posted 2nd March 2015

My name is Krista Anderson. I am a 45-year-old mother of two from Michigan, and am employed full-time as a clinical psychologist. I love to read, hike and spend time with my kids.  I also happen to be blind. I am honored to share with you my story of blindness and my incredible relationship with […]

February 2015 Graduating Class

Posted 28th February 2015

   Thank you to the sponsors of this month’s graduation:  Judith Collard, sponsor of the training of Guiding Eyes Peppy  – “I wish them all the luck in the world and a long and happy relationship together.” Peggy Nance Lyle, graduation sponsor – “To honor the February 2015 graduates and their service canines.  And to […]

January 2015 Graduating Class

Posted 31st January 2015

 Thank you to the sponsors of this month’s graduation ceremony: Bunny Wilks and Ephraim Seidman – “Congratulations to all the January 2015 Guiding Eyes for the Blind graduates and their new canine partners. We wish everyone great success. And a special shout out to Gerta and her partner Edna. We wish you lots of happy miles […]

December 2014 Graduate Class

Posted 13th December 2014

Thank you to the sponsors of this month’s graduation ceremony: We are extremely grateful for Louis Bouchard’s generous support of the Special Needs home training of his daughter M.J., who received Guiding Eyes Zed. The family of Dolores Pati: In memory of Dolores Pati, her family would like to extend heartfelt congratulatory wishes to this […]

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 […]

September 2014 Graduate Class

Posted 13th September 2014

Thank you to the very special people supporting this month’s class: We are extremely grateful for Harold Skolnick’s generosity to sponsor the training of Guiding Eyes Watson. We also thank the sponsors of this month’s graduation ceremony: “In loving memory of my son, Walter P. Wagner. Your spirit is with us on this special day.” […]

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 […]

Project Unconditional: Kathy & Elias

Posted 17th July 2014

by Guiding Eyes grad Kathy Nimmer, for Jane Sobel Klonsky’s Project Unconditional  Elias is the fearless beacon in my world.  From the moment he walked into my life as my third guide dog, he has been unflappable. Through times of blessing and challenge, he has remained calm and stable. Though our partnership daily brings us […]

Forward

Posted 29th June 2014

by June 2014 graduate Elaine Mara Wow! What an adventure this has been! I am certainly not the person I was when I arrived at Guiding Eyes just three short weeks ago. In those weeks, I transformed from a timid, fearful traveler into a confident young woman and can walk with pride in myself 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 […]

May 2014 Graduate Class

Posted 24th May 2014

Thank you to the very special people supporting this month’s graduation: Peggy Nance Lyle sponsors the May graduation ceremony to honor the graduates and their canines along with the staff and volunteers of Guiding Eyes who make these extraordinary gifts possible. Matt and Maurica Cicci feel very privileged to be part of this graduation ceremony. […]

April 2014 Graduate Class

Posted 26th April 2014

Thank you to the very special people supporting this month’s graduation: Tanveer Ghuman generously sponsored the training of Guiding Eyes Perky. Mike Herman, Susan Sheehan, Margie Weinreb and Sally Stokhamer sponsored the April graduation ceremony. “Congratulations, graduates! May these newly formed partnerships provide you with confidence, independence and happiness for years to come.” – Mike […]

March 2014 Graduate Class

Posted 22nd March 2014

Thank you to the very special people supporting this month’s graduation: Loretta Sih Robinson, sponsor of the March graduation. “My close friend, Deni Elliott, and her Guiding Eyes dog, Alberta, are both recent graduates of the Guiding Eyes program and have benefited from the love, care, training, and special expertise there. I have seen that […]

February 2014 Graduate Class

Posted 25th February 2014

Thank you to the very special people supporting this month’s graduation: Judith Collard, sponsor of the training of Guiding Eyes Marigold. “I wish them all the luck in the world and a long and happy relationship together.” Sally Stokhamer, annual graduation sponsor Breken Elwood-Etherington, February graduation sponsor. “In thanks of service dogs everywhere and those […]