Guide Dogs Charity Event Celebrates 30th Anniversary

Winners of the 2010 Gift of Sight Award: IAM General Vice President, Canada, Dave Ritchie, (left), former GDA President Jay Bormann (center) and Casey Scott, Senior Vice President of the Scott Wealth Management Group (right), with IAM International President Tom Buffenbarger and GDA President Dale Hartford.

More than a thousand members and guests gathered in Las Vegas, NV, last week for the Guide Dogs of America’s (GDA) 30th Annual William W. Winpisinger Charity Banquet.

The event recognizes IAM locals, districts and individuals who volunteer countless hours of service to raise funds for GDA, which breeds, trains and provides guide dogs free-of-charge to sightless individuals. IAM districts and local lodges raised more than a million dollars throughout the year for the three-day event hosted by IAM International President Tom Buffenbarger.

Taking part in this year’s event were four recent graduates from GDA’s Sylmar, CA, facility. High points included the presentation of the 2010 Gift of Sight Award, given to individuals who demonstrate the highest levels of commitment and support for the IAM’s number one charity. This year’s honorees included Canadian IAM General Vice President Dave Ritchie, former GDA Director Jay Bormann and Casey Scott, Senior Vice President of the Scott Wealth Management Group.

With help from Guide Dogs of America Outreach Director Steve Cohan, GDA President Dale Hartford cranks the ticket bin as GDA Graduate Kristie Stone and GDA Outreach Director Grace Cohan draw the winner of a custom Harley-Davidson motorcycle.

Bormann, who retired last year, was specially recognized for his more than ten years of service and was presented with the title of “President Emeritus of GDA 2010.” Bormann, in turn, thanked the GDA staff, volunteers and puppy-raisers for their hard work and unwavering commitment.

Congratulations are also due for Ms. Darla Morgan from St. Paul, MN. Morgan won a custom Harley Davidson motorcycle in the annual Guide Dogs Motorcycle Raffle. GDA graduate Kristie Stone drew Morgan’s winning ticket. GDA Director Dale Hartford notified Morgan of her win by phone.