Fidelco Guide Dog Foundation hosted its 4th annual Ride for Independence on Sunday, July 20, 2014. Hoffman Auto Group and many other caring sponsors, vendors, volunteers and Fidelco staff helped to make this day a tremendous success with over 760 people in attendance.
The Ride celebrates the freedom and independence that Fidelco Guide Dogs bring to men and women who are blind across North America. Retired Air Force SSgt Michael Malarsie and his “wingman”, Xxon, 2014 Hero Dog Award winner, joined the excitement for the day. Learn more about Michael and Xxon’s story HERE. His story is one of many lives enriched through Fidelco’s charitable mission of hope and independence for men and women who are blind.
On Sunday, riders and their families met at Fidelco in Bloomfield. Attendees were treated to a K-9 demonstration, great music by the southern rock band SHOVELHEAD, creative Caricatures by Christopher Eastwood and so much more. There were adorable puppies, beautiful Fidelco Guide Dogs in training and highly skilled Fidelco dogs for all to see.
Riders enjoyed a scenic escorted route through the beautiful Farmington Valley in the beautiful summer sunshine. Be sure to check our video showing all of the riders as they departed. If you were riding you are in the video!
Hoffman is proud to support Fidelco, an internationally-recognized leader in the guide dog industry. They have matched over 1,400 clients have with highly trained guide dogs so far. It takes two years and $45,000 to produce each guide dog. Fidelco provides life-changing canine partners to its blind clients at no cost. Fidelco also provides 24/7 lifetime service to clients with annual follow up visits. Please visit Fidelco and see how you can become involved and help #ShareTheVision.
Thanks again for a great day! Looking forward to an even bigger event next year!
Stop by the Hoffman Auto Group Facebook page to see photos from the event. More photos will be added over the next couple days so check back frequently and feel free to tag and share any you like.