A truly inspirational and new variation of fundraising has come to fruition thanks to Jason Watson and the all-volunteer, Dublin Dog Foundation.
Shortly after the launch of Dublin Dog on 07/07/07, Jason, the founder, began brainstorming. He laid the groundwork to assist those in need by utilizing the mutual benefits of the human-animal bond in pet therapy.
Dublin Dog has teamed up with Freedom Service Dogs to help facilitate the placement of service dogs with wounded veterans. The organization rescues all of the program canines from local shelters, trains them, and pairs them up with wounded heroes in need of assistance pets.
To benefit the foundation’s Operation Canine Comrades project, Comedian Shaun Jones will be performing at the Comedy Zone in Lake Norman operated by the Galway Hooker this coming Thursday, August 19th at 7:00pm. All of the ticket sales and 10% of all alcohol sales will go directly to the Dublin Dog Foundation.
Tickets are $25 each and can be pre-purchased online through the Comedy Zone.
A silent auction will be held the same night as the show including a private wine tasting, professional horse-back-riding lessons, a $1500 granite counter remodeling, and more.
For those who cannot make Thursday’s event, the Dublin Dog Foundation is also raffling off a customized Jeep Wrangler. Donations of $20 or more generate an automatic entry into the contest. Fittingly, the winner of the Jeep will be announced this coming Veteran’s Day, Thursday, November 11th.
The Dublin Dog Foundation is targeting Charlotte to find the next recipient of Operation Canine Comrades. If you know of a wounded veteran in need of a service dog who would benefit greatly from this opportunity, you can elect them by contacting Dublin Dog.
All said and done, $20,000 will be donated to Freedom Service Dogs to change the life of one very deserving recipient. Last year’s beneficiary had been on a wait list for a service dog for four years; the Dublin Dog Foundation’s efforts made it happen in one.
Due to the rise of use of IEDs overseas, more soldiers are returning with amputations, brain injuries, and severe trauma. The situation is “heavy hitting and emotionally charged” says Watson. In lieu, we can all benefit in “enjoying laughs among friends, family, and strangers in helping those serving for us”.
So, go get your guffaw on at Galway this Thursday and as they say at Dublin Dog…we should all be so lucky!
For more information and to see the custom made side car bike from last years raffle, visit www.dublindogfoundation.org.