Southern hospitality takes on a whole new meaning during the 21st annual Tales & Tails Gala – honoring the eight Southern states that the Southeast Region serves. The evening will feature Southern inspired cuisine, live and silent auctions and entertainment. Please join us and become one of our charming sponsors.
Help us celebrate another year of transforming the lives of children, veterans and adults with disabilities.
2017 Entertainment – Georgia Middleman & Gary Burr
Gary and Georgia are award winning songwriters who, with harmony and humor, will bring their songs and the stories behind them for an intimate evening of music and laughter. They have written sixteen number one songs between them and this married couple have entertained audiences all over the country.
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.
Hear Inspirational Stories of Love, Courage and Triumph. The Southeast Region of Canine Companions for Independence has been making a difference in the lives of people with disabilities since 1989.
Special Guest Speaker
Special Guest Speaker
Leroy & Luther
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.
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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.
Marian loves puppies. Who doesn’t? But she has put her love of puppies to use by helping change lives as a volunteer puppy raiser for Canine Companions. Marian raised Luther, who holds a special place in her heart and she knows he is doing what he was born to do — help transform a person’s life.
Due to an unexpected and very serious illness, Leroy Douthit became a bilateral amputee. He was a young man in the prime of his life with a wife and two small children. Today, Leroy has a full time career as an engineer, plays golf, bikes, ziplines, and generally does whatever he wants to – with Luther, his Canine Companions service dog by his side.
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.