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Lions help sponsor guide puppy in training

October 09, 2012|By Joyce Rudolph
  • Northwest Glendale Lions new puppy snuggles with its puppy raiser Sarah Jane Chelin and her daughter Chantal Chelin.
Northwest Glendale Lions new puppy snuggles with its… (Courtesy photo…)

Northwest Glendale Lions have supported Guide Dogs of America for more than 20 years. Now the club has a puppy to call its own.

The club and member Tillman Pink Jr. are sponsoring a puppy — a female Labrador/golden retriever mix named Cybelle — at a cost of $5,000, which goes to training the puppy. The guide dog-to-be will be raised by Sarah Jane Chelin of Chatsworth.

The puppy will wear a vest with the names “NW Glendale Lions Club” and “Glen-Park Retirement Communities,” which is owned by Pink, the club's second vice-president. The puppy was born June 22 at the guide dogs facility.

Cybelle and her trainer will be available to attend Lions Club meetings and special events during her 18-month training period. She will have another period with a professional trainer before being placed with a blind person. There is never any charge for a dog to the sight-impaired person with whom the dog is matched.


Guide Dogs of America in Sylmar graduates four classes each year. The cost is $38,000 to raise and train a guide dog. Funds for the club portion of the $5,000 cost is provided by the Robert E. Davies Memorial Fund in the club's Charity Foundation.

Club members are proud of this contribution, said Ross Adams, secretary.

“The opportunity to do this expands our ability to work with Guide Dogs of America,” he said.

Adams also thanked Vince De Santis, site conservation chairman, who has been the liaison between Guide Dogs of America and the club.

Meetings are at noon every Thursday at Shakers Restaurant, 801 N. Pacific Ave. For more information, call Adams at (818) 243-4458.

Raising funds for college students

The annual Fashion Show and Luncheon of the Patrons' Club of Glendale Community College Foundation is Nov. 2 at the Castaway Restaurant in Burbank. The organization will be celebrating the college's 85th anniversary in conjunction with the Patrons' Club's 65th anniversary.

Proceeds go to scholarships. Last year, 60 scholarships and grants-in-aid were distributed.

There will be live and silent auctions, a $1,000 cash prize and opportunity prizes. Tickets are $45. Contact Marianne Jennings, chairwoman, for reservations at (818) 249-5443.

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