Thursday, April 8, 2010

Canine Partners For Life 12th Annual Wine Auction: This Saturday Night

For the third time in the last four years, I’ll be pouring wine and then serving as emcee and co-auctioneer at the annual wine auction and dinner benefiting Canine Partners for Life (CPL). This year's event, scheduled for this Saturday night, April 10, 2010, marks the 12th year of the event.

Canine Partners for Life, by the way, is a Delaware Valley-based non-profit organization working to better the lives of others. In their own words:

"Canine Partners For Life (CPL) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to training service dogs, home companion dogs, and residential companion dogs to assist individuals who have a wide range of physical and cognitive disabilities. Based in Cochranville, Pennsylvania, CPL places service dogs nationwide.

Each CPL dog receives a comprehensive and customized training program to meet the specific needs of their human partner. Depending on the assigned program, the dog will receive up to two years of training before being trained to work with its person. CPL has one of the strongest follow-up programs in the industry to ensure the success of each team throughout the lifetime of the partnership."

As a dog owner (and wine lover), I've found it pretty much impossible to turn down CPL's request for help over the last several years. Actually, I’m proud to work with an organization that makes such a direct impact on the quality of life of their recipients. And as an owner of two lovable but strongly willful, personality-rich dogs, I've found an unending sense of admiration for the incredible degree of training CPL puts into their canine workforce before placing their dogs with their lifetime partners.

If you're still in the hunt for something to do this Saturday, and you'd like to help support a great, local charitable organization, come on out to the auction. Tickets can still be purchased by calling CPL directly at (610) 869-4902, extension 214.

If you're unable to attend on Saturday but would still like to help a great cause, donations are always welcome.

The event details:

Canine Partners For Life
12th Annual Wine Auction
Saturday, April 10, 2010
From 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM
at Harry's Savoy Grill & Ballroom
2020 Naamans Road
Wilmington, DE 19810

Tickets are $125 per/person ($50 of which is tax deductible).

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