Autumn is here and so is the entire Peanuts gang! They’re here to invite you to celebrate the 22nd annual Tales & Tails Gala. Enjoy a night of tasty treats and happy dancing. Explore the pumpkin patch on your search for unique & memorable auction items and witness the cutest canine costume contest you’ve ever seen. Join the gang at the Rosen Shingle Creek for dinner, entertainment — and lots of laughs!
It's the Great Gala Charlie Brown!
Get your tickets or become a sponsor and help us celebrate another year of transforming the lives of children, veterans, and adults with disabilities.
2018 Entertainment Blonde Ambition
With professionalism and class, this versatile act delivers a fast-paced, DJ style approach to live music offering something for everyone—from Top 40 to Motown, Classic Rock to Pop, Hip Hop, 70's, 80's, 90's ∓ Jazz. Blonde Ambition leaves you wanting more!
Join the celebration and purchase your tickets to this year’s Tales & Tails Gala. As an official guest, you’ll have the opportunity to experience, first hand, the dedication, commitment and selflessness of our Canine Companions for Independence family and share in our mission. Your ticket includes dinner, complimentary drinks and entertainment.
To book your stay at the Rosen Shingle Creek call 1-866-996-6338 or 407-996-6338. Mention Canine Companions for Independence to receive the special rate.
$129 per night
We hope you join us this year for a heartwarming evening of music and storytelling to celebrate the unique connection between canines and their companions. Enjoy these pictures from last years event.
The Southeast Region of Canine Companions for Independence has been making a difference in the lives of people with disabilities since 1989. You can help someone in your community every month just like one of these Canine Companions assistance dogs:
Gala Guest Speaker
Mary Ashlyn with Facility Dog Barboza
Raised at One of our Prison Puppy Raising Programs
Canine Companions for Independence® is the most highly acclaimed assistance dog organization in the United States and our unique and proven Team Training sets us apart by ensuring the match between dog and human is powerful and long lasting. Canine Companions has placed more than 5,400 assistance dogs since our founding in 1975. It’s your generous support that allows us to offer highly trained assistance dogs and a lifetime of support at absolutely no charge to people with disabilities.
Your generous donation will transform lives and help individuals, families & your community. All proceeds support Canine Companions for Independence. Sponsors, like you, have generously funded this vital program in the Southeast Region since 1996.
A VIP ticket includes access to a private area with open bar, puppy photos, puppy experience, preferred seating for dinner and VIP registration/check-in.*
*Excludes Pearl Paws Sponsorship
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With support from businesses and individuals the Tales & Tails Gala generates money for Canine Companions that will further support our mission of providing highly trained assistance dogs for adults and children with disabilities. Help Canine Companions for Independence celebrate another year of transforming the lives of adults, children and veterans with disabilities, by making a donation to our silent and live auctions. Our assistance dogs not only help their human partners with tasks such as picking up dropped items and opening doors, but provide the constant companionship and love only a dog can. Canine Companions for Independence is supported entirely by donations from individuals, corporations, foundations and special events.
Mary Ashlyn was very familiar with Canine Companions facility dogs before receiving Facility Dog Barboza. The Shepherd Center in Atlanta, where Mary Ashlyn works as an exercise specialist, already had three facility dogs within the center working with a variety of patients.
Many of the patients Mary Ashlyn works with have experienced strokes or traumatic brain injuries. Barboza does everything from responding to the commands that healing patients have had to memorize and enunciate, to standing on his hind legs to dance or exercise with clients who are working on their strength and healing.
Barboza also provides unconditional love and support to patients who are going through a very difficult time in their lives. Barboza seems to understand the specific issues each patient is experiencing to make the journey back from a brain injury a little bit easier.
Barboza was raised by inmates at the Gadsden Correctional Facility in Quincy, FL and was finished by volunteer puppy raisers Ray and Carole Burke of Venice, FL.
Correctional Facility Inmates Turn Promising Puppies into Potential Assistance Dogs.
They arrive at the Gadsden Correctional Facility as little yellow and black balls of fur with lots of potential, but in need of partners to help shape them into trustworthy working assistance dogs.
The inmates become partners with the puppies, teaching them basic obedience and commands to help them fulfill their purpose. The puppies, in turn, help the inmates cope with their prison life. Raising puppies in prison, not only benefits Canine Companions and the puppies, but the inmates as well.
When the puppies are approximately one year of age they go home to a volunteer puppy raiser who finishes their training by teaching them house manners, socializes them to car rides, and brings them to visit stores and restaurants. This allows them to be confident for their future professional training.
Stefan LeRoy is a U.S. Army veteran who was deployed to Afghanistan in 2012. Just five months into his deployment he stepped on an IED while carrying a severely injured platoon member to a medevac helicopter. The injury caused him to lose both his legs below the knee. He received treatment at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and was medically retired in 2015.
Stefan received Service Dog Knoxville from Canine Companions for Independence in February 2016. Knoxville is a 2-year-old yellow Labrador/Golden Retriever cross, who responds to more than 40 commands. Knoxville assists Stefan, who is a bi-lateral leg amputee, by retrieving dropped items, opening and closing doors, and other tasks that will enable him to lead a more independent life.
Stefan uses prosthetics and is very active in adaptive sporting events and has hand-cycled numerous marathons and he competed in the Invictis Games and completed the Boston Marathon.