Spring and summer were packed full of events for Mommies with Guides. After making a splash in our Real Simple magazine article and appearing on the Portland area news, our focus turned to grass roots work. If you didn't get the chance to watch the 4 o'clock news click here to see the segment on Mommies with Guides!
In May, MWG was privileged to be invited to the Guide Dogs for the Blind Pinot and Pups Gala in which record breaking funds were raised to support GDB programs.
Two events in June included substantial walks with our Guides, families and friends. The Rose Festival Grand Floral Parade walk was 4 miles long and the dogs did a fantastic job. We were proud to represent GDB and pleased at the number of observers and news outlets that recognized GDB.
The second event in June was the Glen fair Neighborhood Fair, where we fundraised, selling our beautiful bracelets as well as print copies of the painting “The Guide” which is a wonderful depiction beautifully capturing, the independence a guide dog provides to a mother of young children.
Our Final June event was the Oregon Vision Walk for the Foundation Fighting Blindness. That walk was only 3 miles and we were joined by many new faces to MWG. Our group was over 50 participant’s strong including family and friends. MWG even took away three awards for largest group, most team spirit and best t-shirts. It was very satisfying to lend our support to the Foundation Fighting Blindness, the Oregon Vision Walk raised 39, thousand dollars , M.W.G. is proud to say we raised 1,100 and we had fun contributing to such a worthwhile cause. We received a generous sponsorship for 60 M.W.G. t-shirts. From Gresham Ford Our kids played at the amusement park where the event was held until torrential rains called a halt to the festivities.
Mommies with Guides took a collective breath in July so members could recharge and spend time with family. Our work takes on a different intensity when the kiddos are home in the summer and it helps to keep them busy with activities.
In late August, members of MWG attended Oral Hull Fund Day. Oral Hull is a park in the outskirts of Portland, Oregon which is designed specifically for the low vision and blind community. This event was the primary fund raiser for the park and included a bbq lunch, many vendors, games for kids and live music.
In late September a Picnic at a member's home gave us the chance to just socialize and not worry about an organized event.
Mommies with Guides Joined Reigning Canines on November,6, at 5:30pm at the Portland GDB Lounge. We had a Meet and Greet, social hour with Christine Menninger, GDB CEO, as well as several from the GDB Alumni Board, such as Theresa Stern, and Melissa Hudson! The first hour was an informal social, allowing time for folks to arrive from work. Chris Will gave a talk, at about 6:30pm.
In October we had a Harvest weekend at Oral Hull park for members and our families.
On November, 7th we attended the annual Fall Luncheon a fundraiser for Guide Dogs for the Blind, at the Nines Luxury Hotel. The Luncheon began at 11:30