Thursday, May 2, 2013
Leader Dog Carnival provides funding, exposure for Leader Dogs for the Blind.
When families flock to the parking lot of Kmart at 1100 S. Rochester Road today for the start of the Rochester Hills Lions Club's 2013 Leader Dog Carnival, the benefits of the charity event will hit close to home. Most of the funds raised at the carnival, which runs today through May 12, will benefit Leader Dogs for the Blind, located directly across the street from the carnival. "A big benefit to us is the money raised for us on our behalf," said Rachelle Kniffen of Leader Dogs for the Blind. The benefit to leader dogs stems from the organization's long-standing relationship with the Lions Club, which benefits several sight-related charities. "Our three founders in 1939 were Lions Club members," Kniffen said. "We've literally been …
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Crews were at work Tuesday setting up rides for 2013 Leader Dog Carnival.
A towering ferris wheel can be spotted along Rochester Road as crews prepare carnival rides at the Kmart parking lot for Thursday's opening of the 2013 Leader Dog Carnival. Crews were at work Tuesday afternoon assembling rides and the carnival midway for the annual event, which runs May 2-12 and benefits Rochester Hills' Leader Dogs for the Blind and other sight-related causes. The carnival is organized by the Rochester Hills Lions Club. Share your carnival photos here on Patch! Click the button beneath the photos in this story.
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Carnival to take place in parking lot of Kmart on Rochester, Avon roads.
Carnival rides and midway games will return this week to Rochester Hills. The Rochester Hills Lions Club's Leader Dog Carnival opens Thursday at the Kmart parking lot at Avon and Rochester roads in Rochester Hills for its 36th year and runs through May 12. Walter Kulesza of the Rochester Hills Lions Club says his group is "the little Lions Club that roars," at just 16 members strong, yet ranking among the top national chapters in fundraising for leader dog schools. Those donations come in large part from the Lions Club's annual carnival, the proceeds of which primarily benefit Leader Dogs for the Blind, also located in Rochester Hills. Kulesza said the group also benefits other eyesight-related charities. The Rochester Hills chapter's …
Saturday, November 24, 2012
Betty Thornton, 77, left a memorial donation to help Michigan animals upon her passing.
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Saturday, November 24, 2012
Editor's note: The following information was provided by the Michigan Animal Adoption Network. When she died on June 30, long-time Troy resident Betty Thornton left the Michigan Animal Adoption Network (MAAN) a wonderful memorial donation. She was 77. It was said that it took a lot to earn Thornton's trust, but once someone did, they were her friend for life. Thornton spoke her mind freely and was a very generous human being. After retiring from her 40 years with Ford Motor Company, she volunteered with Leader Dogs For The Blind. She was a nurse at Harper Hospital prior to her career with Ford. Thornton was a massive animal lover who used to say, "A dog will always meet you at the door with a wag in its tail." "We are so honored to have …
Friday, May 25, 2012
Cast your vote starting at 10 a.m. and help the Rochester Hills organization win a new, "quiet" car.
Leader Dogs for the Blind has been chosen as a finalist in Toyota's 100 Cars for Good Program. The prize? A new Toyota Prius that representatives of the Rochester Hills-based Leader Dogs say would help them train their dogs to recognize quiet cars. "Stopping a person who is blind from crossing a street when a car is coming is one of the most important safety benefits provided by a Leader Dog," reads a statement on the organization's contest page. "To do this, a Leader Dog looks and listens to identify approaching vehicles. With the introduction of noiseless electric vehicles like the Toyota Prius, we need to teach our dogs to be extra diligent when looking and to learn that not all cars make noise." Toyota's 100 Cars for Good program is …
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
Witness describes seeing the pit bull pinning the guide dog to the ground by the throat.
A guide dog is back to work after being attacked by a pit bull Saturday on Main Street in Royal Oak. “The dog is showing no lasting effects,” said Rochelle Kniffen, director of communications and marketing for Leader Dogs for the Blind of Rochester Hills. The visually-impaired client and instructor working with the dog are also doing fine, she said. The pit bull broke loose from a 10-year-girl staying with the dog in the sidewalk cafe of the Burgrz restaurant, 410 S. Main. “I heard the girl scream and looked up to see the pit bull scrambling after a seeing eye dog and a blind man who were passing by," Lana Louys of Wyandotte, who was dining at the restaurant’s outdoor area, told the Daily Tribune. "The pit bull pinned the (guide) dog to …
Thursday, May 3, 2012
This is the 35th year of the Rochester Hills Lions Club carnival, which benefits Leader Dogs for the Blind.
Weather and inspections permitting, the popular carnival on the corner of Avon and Rochester roads in Rochester Hills is set to open at 4 today. It's the 35th year for the spring carnival, which features rides, games, prizes and food. It's sponsored by the Rochester Hills Lions Club as one of the club's main fundraisers for the Leader Dogs for the Blind. The Rochester Hills chapter was recently named in the top 20 of 5,000 Lions clubs worldwide in donations to Leader Dogs. Lions Club representative Keith Kennedy said an inspection was set for Thursday afternoon and, if all of the permits are awarded and the rain holds off, the carnival will open shortly after. All-day arm bands are $20 per person. The carnival runs through May 13. Kennedy …