What does the Minnesota Chapter GDA do?

The Minnesota Chapter of Guide Dogs of America is a group of volunteers that are dedicated to support the Guide Dogs of America and the mission of providing guide dogs free of charge to blind individuals by promotion and fundraising for the school.

The Minnesota Chapter has spearheaded a unique form of fund raising in the last decade with the Harley-Davidson Benefit Motorcycle run affectionately named "Hawgs for Dogs."

In 2001, the Chapter hosted its 1st Annual Charity Golf Tournament for Guide Dogs of America. The tournament, now in its 5th year, was sponsored by the International Association of Machinists Air Transport District 143 and was one of the most successful first time golf tournaments in the history of the charity.

Minnesota Chapter Guide Dogs of America is a registered public benefit 501(c)(3) charitable foundation.

What is a Chapter?

A Chapter of Guide Dogs of America is a group of volunteers that are dedicated to support the missions of GDA through fundraising and public outreach. Chapters are often started and run by IAM Union members who provide leadership and volunteers for the Chapter. The intent is to not only support the GDA but also publicize the IAM Union in a positive public action role for the good of the community and to help emphasize Harley-Davidson Motorcycles that are local and IAM made. For more information about the IAM, click here.

What is Guide Dogs of America?

Guide Dogs of America is dedicated to its mission of providing guide dogs and instruction in their use, free of charge, to blind and visually impaired men and women from the United States and Canada so that they may continue to pursue their goals with increased mobility and independence.

All services are free-of-charge for the recipient, GDA is A 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable organization. The cost to breed, raise and train one (1) guide dog: $42,000.

Located on Seven and one half acres in Sylmar, California, the GDA Program begins with breeding Labrador Retrievers, Golden Retrievers and German Shepherds that will produce the highest quality guide dog possible.

At eight weeks of age the puppies are placed with pre-screened volunteer foster families who provided the care that is necessary for the development of the future guide dogs.

These families raise the puppies until they are eighteen to twenty-two months of age, giving them basic obedience skills, when they are transferred back to the school and paired up with their recipient.

For more information about the Guides of America, visit their website at: www.guidedogsofamerica.org

-In Memory of our Dear Friend Vinnie-

"5 more minutes!"

Vince "Vinnie" Bazzachini was one of our founding members. He passed away on August 24th, 2007. He will be greatly missed and remembered by all who knew and loved him.







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