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Donor Spotlight: Her Thrift Became Sizable Gift to GDA

Friday, April 28th, 2017

Even as a young girl, Patricia “Pat” Custer was a dog lover. It was a wonderful surprise that she left her estate of more than $1 million to Guide Dogs of America. Those who knew Custer were aware of her thriftiness, but all were amazed by the large a donation she gifted to GDA.

Custer began her career as a secretary at NBC in Hollywood, Calif. In 1973, she became the bookkeeper for the newly formed Corporate Productions Inc. (CPI) and stayed with the company the rest of her career.
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President’s Message

Friday, April 28th, 2017

We have been busy at GDA putting the finishing touches on our Visitor and Education Center, which includes a new GDA merchandise store and offices for several of the staff. We are excited about the opportunities that will come to GDA as a result of having this new space.

For our students, the new building also offers another environment for the teams to experience while walking a route on campus. We also have changed to a 21-day training program, which has been very well received by our students.
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13th Annual Ride for Guides

Tuesday, April 11th, 2017

Support Guide Dogs of America at our 13th Annual Ride for Guides on Sunday, May 21, 2017. Registration fee includes lunch, a pin, a bandanna, and poker sheet. Registration by May 10 is $35 per person. Registration on the day of event is $40 per person. Lunch only tickets are available for $20 per person.
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Shop GDA!

Friday, April 7th, 2017

GDA’s new on-campus store is now open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Macki and Phil Singer Visitor Education Center. The GDA store is also open from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturdays when graduation ceremonies are held (find the graduation schedule here).
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“A” Litter Meets Their Volunteer Raisers!

Friday, April 7th, 2017

Guide Dogs of America’s volunteer puppy raiser families foster our puppies from the age of 8 weeks until the dogs enter formal guide dog training at around 18 months of age.
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2017 Holiday Card Photo Contest Winner!

Monday, April 3rd, 2017

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And the GDA holiday card cover goes to … Congratulations to Guide Dogs of America volunteer puppy raiser Lexie Dreyfuss. Her photo of her GDA puppy-in-training Venti will be the cover of GDA’s 7th Annual Holiday Card.  (more…)

Visiting GDA? Here’s the scoop!

Friday, March 24th, 2017

Guide Dogs of America’s reception has moved from our administration building to the Macki and Phil Singer Visitor and Education Center. When visiting GDA, please park in the center’s lot, which is the first driveway on the right as you approach GDA’s campus on Glenoaks Blvd. after turning from Roxford Street.
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Change And Growth For GDA

Tuesday, March 21st, 2017

This spring there are exciting new changes at GDA to report. There’s the arrival of GDA’s new president Russell Gittlen (read his President’s Message here), as well as news about graduations and changes in many departments, several of which are included here.
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Message From New GDA President Russell Gittlen

Tuesday, March 21st, 2017

It is with great enthusiasm, anticipation and excitement that I begin my tenure at Guide Dogs of America. I am looking forward to immersing myself in the program and dedicating myself to the continued success and growth of our school.

For the last 16 years, I have worked diligently to support GDA through fundraising activities. I want to bring the desire and passion for GDA that was instilled upon me to anyone looking to get involved.
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Donor Spotlight – Partners Planning in Advance

Tuesday, March 21st, 2017

Partners in Trust Kevin and Cindy Cassady knew Guide Dogs of America was a special place the first time they attended an Open House on the GDA campus. That first visit led to the couple attending numerous fundraising events for the school. Eventually, they went from fundraising participants to volunteering at the events. Ultimately, they decided that giving their time was not enough. In 2004, the Cassadys started making donations to the school and, in 2009, they ensured that they would leave a future gift to continue their support of the school by becoming Partners in Trust.
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