Thursday, May 26, 2011
Saturday event benefits Tower of Hope
By BARRY BURLESON
A charity event fitting for Memorial Day weekend will be held Saturday in Marshall County.
The Southern Flight Hunting Retriever Club and the North Mississippi Amateur Retriever Club will host a fund-raiser for The Tower of Hope. It is set for 8 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. May 28 on the property of Frank and Houston Watson, 10 miles south of Holly Springs in the Waterford community. The address is 2123A Potts Camp Road.
The Tower of Hope’s mission is to empower people living with a disability or chronic illness to live more independently by providing them with specially trained service dogs. The organization’s primary focus is providing these amazing animals to combat-wounded veterans at no charge.
It was founded in 2006 by Cathy Carilli, as a tribute to the memory of her husband, Tom Sinton, who was murdered in the 9/11 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center.
“The people who are provided these service animals have made sacrifices for us in ways we will, thankfully, never have to endure, but we can understand and be part of an opportunity to give them back some sense of normalcy that they have lost protecting our freedoms,” said Charles Dwyer, organizer of this weekend’s charity event.
“Who better to participate in something like this than the local retriever clubs? Our lives revolve around the freedoms these folks protect that allow us the opportunities to go out and enjoy the country we were privileged to be born in.”
Activities on Saturday will include different types of dog events, kids’ activities, lunch, dinner and a band called Rockers Oystafeller. T-shirts will be on sale.
There will be a service dog demonstration, a drug and bomb dog demonstration and a competitive obedience demonstration. Kids’ activities will include a wood duck nesting box building station, a bluebird house building station, a dog event for the children, games and a water slide.
At 11 a.m., there will be a search and rescue demonstration by the Mid-South Search and Rescue Dog Association, led by training coordinator Judy Otto of Holly Springs. It will illustrate the different types of jobs performed by SAR dogs – man trailing, air-scenting, human remains detection and evidence recovery.
Also, Norris and Janis Galatis are scheduled to be at the event.
Norris has a black lab service dog named Willie that was sponsored by The Tower of Hope. Sgt. Norris is a wounded soldier with the Mississippi National Guard. Serving with the 155th Brigade Combat Team, he was wounded by an IED blast April 19, 2005.
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