Sit Stay Sparkle

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Event InfoA Sparkling Evening

Please join us for Sit Stay Sparkle, a special celebration benefiting Canine Companions' mission to provide highly-trained assistance dogs to people with disabilities completely free of charge.

Enjoy Wine Country's finest food, wine, beer, cider, and other beverages, in addition to live and silent auctions, graduate speakers, assistance dogs, puppies and more! Begin your evening with a self-guided tour of our beautiful campus.

The live auction at Sit Stay Sparkle includes an array of unique, exclusive experiences and items.

Check back in early 2019 for ticket sales!

Date

Saturday, June 15 2019

Location

Canine Companions for Independence
Jean and Charles Schulz Campus

2965 Dutton Ave
Santa Rosa, CA 95407

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Time

5:00 - 10:00 pm

Featuring

Delicious food, wine and beer made in the Wine Country
Delicious food made and served by Wine Country restaurants and caterers
Wine, beer, cider and other beverages made in Sonoma County
Wine, beer, cider and other beverages made in Sonoma County
Live and silent auctions with exciting items to bid on
Live and silent auctions with exciting items to bid on
Self-guided tours of the beautiful Jean and Charles Schulz Campus
Self-guided tours of the beautiful Jean and Charles Schulz Campus
Including Canine Companions assistance dog demonstrations
Including Canine Companions assistance dog demonstrations
Mingling with Canine Companions assistance dogs and puppies
Mingling with Canine Companions assistance dogs and puppies

Buy Tickets

Guests will enjoy Wine Country's finest food, wine and beer, in addition to live and silent auctions, graduate speakers, assistance dogs, puppies and more!

*Individual Ticket includes: Ticket for one including food and drink.
**Table for 10 includes: Tickets for ten including food and drink.

Tickets will be available for purchase early in 2019! Please check back!

StoriesSpecial Guests

Story 1

Darin Peets & Service Dog Rex

When Darin was 17 years old, his life changed when he broke his neck in a diving accident.

Story 2

Erin Boetzer

Puppy raiser Erin Boetzer began volunteering for Canine Companions differently than most.

Our MissionCanine Companions for Independence

Description

Exceptional Dogs for Exceptional People®

Founded in 1975, Canine Companions for Independence® is a non-profit organization that enhances the lives of people with disabilities by providing highly trained assistance dogs and ongoing support to ensure quality partnerships.

The assistance dogs we breed, raise and train aren’t just the ears, hands and legs of their human partners. They’re also goodwill ambassadors and often, their best friends. They open up new opportunities and new possibilities, and spread incredible joy. We unite people with dogs in a powerful program that leads to greater independence and confidence.

Visit CCI.org for more information.

Story 1

Darin Peets & Service Dog Rex

When Darin was 17 years old, his life changed when he broke his neck in a diving accident. Darin recalls his perspective post-injury: “Life’s not over. You’re still here for a purpose.” Darin finished college, married the love of his life, Lorena, and began a family in Sacramento. Darin was matched with his first Canine Companions service dog, Robis, in 2007. Robis served as Darin’s loving service dog for nearly a decade: at home, in public and at work in Darin’s kindergarten classroom. After Robis retired, Darin came back to Canine Companions to be matched with his new service dog, Rex, in November of 2016.

Rex picked up right where Robis left off - opening and closing doors, picking up dropped items and pulling Darin in his manual wheelchair. Rex is also a big hit with Darin’s students, who enjoy reading to him and interacting with him when he’s not assisting Darin. At home, Rex also provides comfort and companionship to Darin’s son, who has special needs. Darin says, “Now that I see all the things that a dog can do for you, not only physically but also emotionally, I can’t see my life without a dog.”

Story 2

Erin Boetzer

Volunteer puppy raiser Erin Boetzer began volunteering for Canine Companions differently than most. A series of unfortunate events, poor decisions and a lengthy battle with addiction led Erin to prison. Off and on, she spent a total of nine years in various correctional facilities. During her last and longest prison term at the Folsom Women’s Facility, Erin discovered puppy raising. Only the most responsible inmates are able to participate in the program, and Erin was thrilled to be accepted.

Last year before being released, Erin began puppy raising Ticha with the help of a Sacramento area puppy raiser. Now outside of prison, Erin credits her freedom to Canine Companions. “If I hadn’t been a part of that puppy raising program, I wouldn’t have gotten out of prison,” she explained. Currently, Erin is a member of her local volunteer chapter, is raising her latest Canine Companions puppy and is training puppy raisers at our new San Francisco puppy classes. She states, “Puppy raising is the reason I am not going back to prison.” Now attending community college and preparing to transfer to a four-year university, the future looks bright for Erin and all the puppies she will raise.