2013-01-22 21:42:58 - Six-month campaign potentially will raise $5,000 to help support Guide Dogs for the Blind mission to raise, train and pair guide dogs with visually impaired individuals nationwide
As part of a six-month fundraising campaign benefiting Guide Dogs for the Blind, Schubach Aviation (www.schubachaviation.com), San Diego’s most experienced air charter company, has pledged to donate one cent for every mile flown by its fleet of 12 private aircraft during the period of January 1 to June 29, 2013 to the nonprofit organization.
Based on Schubach Aviation’s current mileage trends, the company expects to raise approximately $5,000 for the organization. Schubach Aviation will also give its customers the option of matching the company’s “one cent per mile” donation by contributing to one of two non-profit organizations of their choice, Guide Dogs for the Blind being one of them.
“Anyone familiar with Schubach Aviation knows that dogs are close to our hearts,”
said Henry Schubach, president of Schubach Aviation, which often flies customers along with their pets. “We’ve recently had the opportunity to become more familiar with Guide Dogs for the Blind and the terrific work it’s doing right here in the San Diego community.”
Established in 1942, Guide Dogs for the Blind is a national nonprofit organization whose mission is to empower lives through exceptional partnerships between people, dogs and communities. The organization receives no government support and operates on donations. It provides services to blind and visually impaired students at no cost to them.
Committed to lifetime partnerships, Guide Dogs for the Blind supports many students with more than one dog after their guide retires. This commitment includes free veterinary care for the life of all of their guide dogs. The preeminent guide dog school in North America and Canada, Guide Dogs for the Blind also provides free onsite and ongoing support for its more than 2,100 guide dog teams currently in the field.
In October 2012, Schubach Aviation partnered with Rancho Santa Fe residents Debra and Bill Gershen and Guide Dogs for the Blind to present “Puppies and Guide Dogs Galore”, a fundraising event and reception held at Schubach Aviation’s 45,000-square-foot hangar. The event featured guide dogs and their handlers, puppy raisers and puppies-in-training, and keynote speakers Carrie Seigenthaler with Guide ‘Yorick’ along with puppy raiser Pat Salzarulo. Paul Lopez, CEO of Guide Dogs for the Blind, provided a brief presentation regarding his vision for the organization.
Debra Gershen has served on the board of directors of Guide Dogs for the Blind since 2008 and has coordinated the effort to bring more awareness of the organization to the San Diego community.
“We’re very appreciative of Schubach Aviation’s support of Guide Dogs for the Blind, and look forward to partnering with them in the future to raise more community awareness of the organization’s amazing programs,” said Debra Gershen. “Their support will help us nurture, train and care for more guide dogs and provide this important service to our blind and visually impaired students. It also will help generate awareness of volunteer opportunities with the organization.”
About Schubach Aviation:
Schubach Aviation is San Diego’s most experienced, jet charter operator, providing the corporate community and leisure travelers with private aircraft charters to anywhere in the world. Founded in 1992 by Henry Schubach, the firm employs a team of 35 highly experienced pilots, mechanics, and support staff at 2026 Palomar Airport Road in Carlsbad, Calif. and at San Diego International in downtown San Diego. More information about the company can be found on the web at www.schubachaviation.com.
About Guide Dogs for the Blind:
Guide Dogs for the Blind provides enhanced mobility to qualified individuals through partnership with dogs whose unique skills are developed and nurtured by dedicated volunteers and a professional staff. Established in 1942, Guide Dogs for the Blind is the largest Guide Dog school in the country, and continues its dedication to quality student training services and extensive follow-up support for graduates. Our programs are made possible through the teamwork of staff, volunteers and generous donors. Guide Dogs for the Blind receives no government funds. Services are provided to students from the United States and Canada at no cost to them. Guide Dogs for the Blind is headquartered in San Rafael, Calif., with a second campus in Boring, Ore. More than 11,000 teams have graduated since the organization’s formation, and there are currently approximately 2,100 active teams in the field. For more information, go to www.guidedogs.com.