HAVERFORD, PA - - The White Dog Cafe and WMMR’s Preston and Steve will host the Fourth Dining Out for the Dogs Monday, August 16, 2021, starting at 5 pm to raise funds for Alpha Bravo Canine,™ Philadelphia’s first and only 501(c)3 organization that donates service dogs with US veterans suffering from debilitating medical and psychological problems as a result of their active combat duty.
It is estimated that twenty percent of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and/or depression. Also, an alarming average of 22 veterans commit suicide every day here in the United States, that’s 8,030 in just one year. Alpha Bravo Canine™ was founded to help the local community of veterans. which provides trained service dogs to U.S military veterans suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), and other combat-related disabilities.
WMMR, BEN FM, WMGK, WXTU, and The Fanatic on-air personalities will be at each of the three suburban White Dog Cafe locations, White Dog Cafe Wayne, White Dog Cafe Haverford, and White Dog Cafe Glen Mills, which opened in the fall of 2020, dining with guests and hosting drawings for prizes that include an 8x8 portrait of your pup valued at $220 by LouLou Clayton Custom Pet Portraits. Guests can also bid on the opportunity for their pup to be included in a permanent mural inside White Dog Glen Mills. Three lucky dogs will adorn the walls in a mural by artist Jay McClellan who has created many of the portraits that hang at White Dog Glen Mills as well as at the other White Dog Cafe locations. The bidding for the mural inclusion will start at $300. And, if you have always dreamed of sitting in the studio during the Preston & Steve Show – you can also bid to win a sit in and enjoy the show live and in person!
There will also be puppy-kissing booths at each location where guests can donate to cuddle and kiss one of the Alpha Bravo Canine puppies! Guests can also donate $25 and book a VIP (very important puppy) table at White Dog Cafe Haverford where they are guaranteed outdoor seating for the event with their pup (based on availability). Guests can enjoy our new signature Barc Echo cocktail with a portion of the proceeds going to Alpha Bravo Canine now through August 20, 2021.
The average cost for a puppy to train is $30,000 depending on the disability. Alpha Bravo Canine does not charge veterans for the training or the dog. White Dog Cafe Owner Marty Grims said, “We are looking forward to again working with Steve and all the on-air personalities who are giving of their time for this fundraiser. We hope the community will come out and dine for this wonderful cause.” Over the past three years, the Dining Out for the Dogs events have raised $75,000.
Guests who cannot attend the event, but that wish to contribute to Dining Out for the Dogs, can donate now through August 16 at the White Dog Cafe locations by adding any amount at the bottom of their meal check.
At this year’s event, guests can enjoy a flight of hot dogs for $35 with 100 percent of the proceeds going to Alpha Bravo Canine. The menu includes Coney Island Dog made with Green Meadow farm beef, Pa noble cheddar cheese, pickled red onions, a Southwestern Dog that includes Guacamole, chipotle aioli, cotija cheese, crispy tortillas, the White Dog with white truffle aioli, shellbark hollow goat cheese, mushroom relish or the Backyard Dog with ketchup, mustard and bbq potato chip crumble.
Alpha Bravo Canine was founded by Jennifer Green who has made it her mission to help make a difference for veterans suffering from these mental-health-related issues. Jennifer uses her experience and knowledge as a Certified Professional Dog Trainer-Knowledge Assessed (CPDT-KA) and American Kennel Club-Canine Good Citizen Evaluator (AKC CGC) to raise and train dogs for veterans.
Green said in addition to puppies for training, also at the top of her wish list now is a large open space for training and office space. “We are looking for a local spot to call home,” she said adding, “The training space is crucial for our veterans to come and volunteer with us while they are waiting for a dog to keep them engaged. We also need an office for daily operations and as a place for volunteers to come and assist. We need our facility to be handicap accessible so there are no restraints for our veterans. This will also serve as a place for our veterans to come together and rekindle their brotherhood as civilians.”
Green currently trains any place she can including the homes of volunteers and public places. She relies heavily on volunteers who are a vital part of the training process. Volunteers foster the puppies and they come to weekly classes and are given homework to complete for the following week. Foster parents are also required to take their puppies on field trips during the week. “There is no financial commitment to be a puppy foster, we fundraise to cover those costs, we just want our puppy raisers to focus on the training aspect,” Green said.
The White Dog Cafe locations are: 379 Lancaster Avenue Haverford (610-896-4556), 200 W Lancaster Avenue, Wayne (610-225-3700), and White Dog Cafe Glen Mills, 981 Baltimore Pike in the Shoppes at Brinton Lake (610) 822-2100
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