Professor of Marketing Michelle Nelson led her class in a collaborative project that raised hundreds of
dollars for the nonprofit organization Canine Assistants.
Junior Garrick Rozairo was a part of the fundraising group for the marketing project.
He said that his group went around to local businessesto collect donations for gift baskets that were auctioned off during the Linfield football game against Whtiworth University.
Rozario said a Linfield basket, a sports basket, a Third Street basket, an Italian wine basket and a pet basket were arraigned.
According to a flier the marketing class provided, the sponsors for the basket were the Linfield College Book Store, Excel Fitness, the Linfield football team, the Hawaiian Club, Mac Sports, Castor and Pollux Pet Works and Danger Vally skate shop.
“Our biggest goal was to get a big sponsor for one basket,” Rozairo said.
The baskets ranged in value from $150-$300 Rozairo said.
The raffle ticket sales reached $747, but Nelson said she topped off the earnings with a $300 donation. The money raised from the project will benefit a local person who needs dog, Nelson said.
She added that each canine assistant costs $15,500. This is what it costs for vet bills, and to train and house the dog.
Junior Makenzie Blyth was one of the coordinators for the marketing project.
“Canine Assistants donates service dogs to people who need them for service or companionship,” Blyth said. “They receive no government help and earn all their profit by private donations. It is an important thing. I didn’t realize how important people need these dogs until I learned more and more about the organization. I hope our small donation made some kind of difference for someone who needs a service dog,” Blyth said in an e-mail.
According to www.canineassistants.org, “Canine Assistants is a nonprofit organization that trains and provides service dogs to enhance and improve the lives of children and adults who have physical disabilities, seizure conditions or other special needs.”
Junior Billy Wainwright was also a project coordinator.
“I learned so much about Canine Assistants. Before this project, I knew nothing about it, but by the football game, I was able to give a brief, detailed speech about its goals, structure and purpose,” Wainwright said in an e-mail.
For more information about Canine Assistants, contact Nelson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chelsea Bowen/Opinion editor
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