Tape Cutting Kit for America’s VetDogs Renovations – Long Island Business News
America’s VetDogs, a national nonprofit that trains and supplies guide and service dogs to veterans and first responders with disabilities, will host a ribbon cutting event for their newly renovated training facility in Smithtown next week.
The renovations included upgrading the facility’s classrooms and adding a new classroom that simulates a home environment for veterans or first responders with hearing impairments or other physical disabilities.
The renovation project was supported by a $ 300,000 grant from the Bob and Delores Hope Foundation along with donations from the Francis & Gertrude Levett Foundation, Manual Barron, Ludwick Family Foundation, Scaife Family Foundation, Van Sloun Foundation, Manitou Fund, and The Omer Foundation enables.
The opening ceremony will take place on Tuesday, July 6th at 11:00 AM on America’s 10-acre VetDogs campus at 371 East Jericho Turnpike in Smithtown.
Expected attendees include State Senators Mario Materra and Alexis Weik, Rep. Michael Fitzpatrick, Civilian Advisor to Army Secretary Steven Castleton, Senior Veterans Services Officer for Suffolk County Master Sgt. Melissa Pandolf, Smithtown Supervisor Ed Wehrheim, America’s VetDogs Chairman Don Dea and Joe Campolo, who serves as a board member on VetDogs.
Although it costs more than $ 50,000 to breed, raise, train, and place an assistance dog, all of VetDogs’ services are provided free of charge to the individual. It is financed through grants and donations from individuals, companies, foundations, companies as well as service and brother associations.