Lions John and Betty Pavelchak

Published in: Update - Issue 2 - 2013 »   
John sits next to his late wife Betty, with his arm around her shoulder

John Pavelchak and his late wife Betty

As members of the Plain Lions Club in Pennsylvania, John and Betty Pavelchak saw first-hand the impact Lions have on Leader Dogs for the Blind and on our clients. During his 50 years of dedicated service as a Lion*, John has made the trip to our campus several times. Every visit was deeply meaningful for him and his late wife Betty. In 2000, they made the decision to make Leader Dog their preferred charity and committed themselves to action.

When we built a new residence for our clients in 2006, John sponsored a room in the name of himself and his wife to honor their dedication to our mission as Lions. Room number 17 proudly bears their names and has welcomed almost 100 clients to date.

John is most impressed with Leader Dog's mission and the services we provide. Before Betty passed away in 2001, John told her, "To not have my eyesight would be the worst thing that could happen to me. To witness how Leader Dogs for the Blind changes lives for these individuals is nothing short of a miracle."

Photo of the plaque outside of Leader Dog's client room number 17 reads: Given through the generosity of John and Betty Pavelchak

His support has never waned. Today he says, "Lives are changed by the clients receiving accelerated mobility training or receiving a Leader Dog. I hope everybody that reads this article will take a moment, use the envelope in this magazine and send a donation. You feel good when you give to Leader Dog. You become a partner—a part of the Leader Dog family."

Leader Dog would like to thank the Pavelchaks, and Lions everywhere, for their continued and heartfelt support.

*John received a Melvin Jones award for exemplary service and dedication as a Lion to his club, community and to Lions overall.