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Assistance Dogs of Hawaii announces 11th annual Valentine’s Benefit Event

Assistance Dogs of Hawaii is hosting its 11th annual Valentine’s Benefit Event at the Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea on Feb. 9. There will be a 5:30 p.m. reception and 6:30 gourmet dinner. Tickets are $175 per person and tables of 10 are available for $1,750.

Attendees will get to meet the dogs of Assistance Dogs of Hawaii and enjoy a gourmet three-course dinner, live and silent auctions, and entertainment from Maui’s own Derek Sebastian. Masters of Ceremonies Guy Hagi and Kim Gennaula will emcee the program, highlighting graduate teams and current puppies in training.

Since its inception in 2000, Assistance Dogs of Hawaii has graduated over 100 service dogs for children and adults with physical disabilities and other special needs.

In addition to placing service dogs for people with physical disabilities, ADH places hospital facility dogs like Winnie at Kapiolani Medical Center, Ipo at the Queen’s Medical Center and Angel at Straub Medical Center.

ADH also places courthouse dogs at prosecutor’s offices around the state, helping children who are victims of crime through the difficult legal process.

Courthouse dogs help to give children the courage to find their voice during interviews and while testifying in court. ADH places its assistance dogs and provides lifetime follow-up support free of charge for all the recipients.

In addition to placing service dogs, hospital facility dogs and courthouse dogs, Assistance Dogs of Hawaii touches the lives of thousands of Hawaii residents with special needs each year through our community outreach programs.

These include the program for veterans with physical disabilities and PTSD, the ohana program for groups like Easter Seals and special education classes, the therapy dog program for residents of hospitals, nursing homes and homeless shelters, and the Workplace Readiness Program for high school students with special needs.

“The generosity of our dedicated supporters is what makes this program possible,”î said Executive Director Mo Maurer. “This annual event is a great way to say thank you and for our supporters to see the lives that are changed because of their generosity.”î

The Valentine’s Benefit Event is sponsored by Dowling Company Inc.; Bank of Hawaii; Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate; Dean Arashiro, DDS, Peridontics; and Dorvin D. Leis Co..

For more information, visit www.assistancedogshawaii.org or call 298-0167 to purchase tickets.