Thinking Outside the Box—Ways to Support Leader Dog

By Maureen Smith

Published in: Update - Issue 3 - 2015 »   
A group of people stand outside talking to each other. A man is holding a yellow lab puppy in his arms while a woman has another yellow lab on a leash

It’s amazing to think that one small idea can turn into a large fundraising event, but that is what we experience every year with our third party fundraising events. Groups and individuals spend countless hours planning a variety of events all to benefit Leader Dogs for the Blind and our mission.

Bake sales, penny wars and jeans days are a few simple ideas that, with a little creativity, can be expanded upon to raise awareness and funds for our programs and services. This past summer, Meritor, Inc. hosted “Jeans Day” for their employees and provided several opportunities throughout the day for employees to participate. Employees paid $5 to wear jeans and had the opportunity to participate in a silent auction, a putting contest and a Frisbee throwing contest. They also had the chance to visit with puppy raisers and their Future Leader Dogs.

The Procurement Department hosted the event at Meritor and committee members visited Leader Dog prior to their event to gain more knowledge about our programs, which helped them formulate ideas to make their event a success. Meritor was proud to present Leader Dog with a check for over $10,000 for their efforts!

For more information on how to host your own fundraising event, please visit or contact Maureen Smith, special events manager, at 248/659.5046.