I invite you to Join me in Supporting our Troops through: No Dog Gets Left Behind
Anyone who knows me, knows I have an absolute deep affection for dogs. Couple that with the utmost respect I have for the men and women who serve our country, I couldn’t help but be drawn to NO DOG GETS LEFT BEHIND, a Philadelphia-based, all-volunteer charitable organization that provides financial support to reunite our soldiers with the stray dogs they rescue and bond with while deployed overseas. The cost of reuniting a soldier with his/her dog is $5,000 per pet, which covers the cost of vaccines, medical treatment, transportation, and other various expenses. Obviously, the return on the investment is immeasurable which includes providing relief, comfort and joy to service members that have sacrificed so much for us, as well as saving the life of a dog who would otherwise die. Reuniting the service member with his/her dog helps to ease the readjustment to civilian life and can minimize the impact of PTSD. To date, No Dog Gets Left Behind has funded more than 90 reunions of dogs with their service members from all over the country.
With the director of fundraising, Steve Berman, I am currently planning the Annual Fall Ball fundraiser held at the Fuge in Warminster, PA (Lower Bucks County) on October 22, 2021. The event features a very well-known veteran keynote speaker, Justin Constantine, (https://www.justinconstantine.com/) as our guest speaker (prior year speakers included Kris "Tanto" Paronto and his buddy in arms Dave "Boon" Benton, both from the Battle of Benghazi, otherwise known as 13 Hours, and Matt Eversmann (Black Hawk Down). We expect the event to be attended by about 300 people. In addition to food being served by Mission BBQ, the rest of the food and drinks will be provided by veteran-owned businesses: wine by Eagle's Rest Cellars (husband/wife Air Force veteran owned), beer by Backward Flag Brewing (woman-Army-veteran owned), liquor for our signature cocktails by Eight Oaks Distillery (Army veteran owned) and dessert by local Navy veteran-owned Nonno's Gelato & Water Ice. The night will also feature live music, live auctions, lots of raffles, and of course, our 4-legged ambassadors! music, live auctions, lots of raffles, and of course, a few 4-legged ambassadors!
Coming off the very difficult fundraising environment of 2020, I am inviting you to support me in helping our brave service men and women, by joining me as a sponsor for our 2021 Fall Ball. Although the U.S. is unfortunately largely shut down, these brave men and women continue to sacrifice for our country. The least we can do is to help them bring home their "battle buddies". Sponsorships are available for every budget, ranging from $500 to $5,000 (the $5,000 Big Dog sponsor allows your organization to actually sponsor the reunion of a specific dog with his/her soldier). We are proud and honored to be able to report that Evoqua Water Technologies has agreed to be the $10,000 event sponsor for the second year in a row!
If you are interested in learning more, and would like to support this great organization, please contact me via cell phone or email.
In addition to its primary mission of reuniting dogs with their soldiers, in partnership with area Pennsylvania SPCA, NO DOG GETS LEFT BEHIND helps to subsidize the adoption fees for qualified active-duty military members and veterans who give a “forever home” to a shelter pet. Since its inception just a few years ago, the Strays for Soldiers program has helped nearly 300 rescue animals (dogs and cats) find their forever home with these brave men and women.
No Dog Gets Left Behind is a win-win for our service men/women AND dogs!