Last Thursday, at the beautiful Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park, Paws With A Cause® celebrated its fourth annual PAWS To Celebrate event.
Friends, supporters, clients, volunteers and puppies all gathered to honor Rick Albin and Dee Morrison with the 2015 Candye Sapp Tribute Award.
Rick and Dee have been supporters of PAWS® for over twenty years. During that time they have helped raise awareness for PAWS, recruited donors and volunteers for the organization, attended countless events and have done a wonderful job the past three years as the emcees for PAWS To Celebrate (as our honorees they were given the night off). We are honored to be able to recognize them as this year’s recipients.
We also came together to celebrate PAWS Clients, to hear their inspirational stories and to remind everyone of the impact an Assistance Dog can have in the lives of people with disabilities.
Jenny and her Service/Hearing Dog NEMO attended the event and she eloquently shared with us the difference that NEMO has made in her life.
“NEMO is more than a Service Dog to me. Yes, he helps me with my hearing and balance, and helps protect me by keeping me safe from all the little things I once took advantage of, but are now a danger to me, he also gives me the confidence and the strength that I need, and want, to keep me pushing through this life while being the individual I want to be. Accepting who I used to be and who I am today is much easier to come to terms with now that NEMO is by my side.”
“NEMO is the calm in my storm”
It was a wonderful evening filled with stories, celebrations and puppy kisses. We would like to thank the many people who helped make this an event to remember.
Thank you to Rick Albin and Dee Morrison for your continued support and your commitment to PAWS and community philanthropy.
Thank you to PAWS Client Jenny for sharing your story.
Thank you to Maranda from WOTV 4 for being our gracious emcee.
Thank you to our amazing sponsors, without whom the event would not have been possible:
Dan Pfeiffer Automotive Group
Accident Fund Holdings, Inc
Dave and Michelle Bottrall
Libby Child and Robert Laskowski
Kathleen Lancer Ribbens
McLaren Health Plan
Jim Nichols and Jamie Mills
Michael D. Sapp, Sr
Dr. Liam Sullivan and Linda Zarzecki
Gun Lake Casino
James and Andrea Karsten
Lighthouse Insurance Group
And thank you to all of our guests, we are proud to have you all in the PAWS family.