ICAN's Decade of Dogs Celebration
A Decade of Dogs Celebration was a very special night for ICAN, celebrating its ten years of unleashing abilities and changing lives. More than 700 supporters were in attendance for the sold out event. It was a night filled with fun, camaraderie, festivities and of course, dogs!
Patty Spitler, of Pet Pals TV, hosted the event with Sarah Fisher and Tony Stewart (by video) opening the evening with words of inspiration. Keynote speaker, Luis Carlos Montalvan, spoke about his service dog, Tuesday, and the impact she has on his ability to deal with PTSD. ICAN Board President and client, Mike Grindstaff shared how service dog Barkley daily impacts their family.
The dinner program ended with special surprises for Sally Irvin. The first gift to Sally came from the ICAN handlers and was presented by former handlers Jack Oden and Jody Chapman. They surprised Sally with a beautiful quilt made by Handler Krista C., honoring her ten years as Executive Director and Founder of ICAN. The next gift for Sally came from the ICAN Board of Directors. Board member Virginia Neff presented Sally with a new addition to ICAN's family– Clare, a sweet Golden Retriever puppy named after Sally's late mother.
The evening's theme, A Decade of Impact, was beautifully illustrated throughout the ballroom in various segments that highlighted ICAN's work – A Decade of Change, Handlers, Furloughs and Volunteers, Clients, Awareness, Training, Community Support, Staff, Caring for the Dogs and Dogs. With more than 200 pieces of art work created by offenders, clients and ICAN dogs, the Woof Roof Art Show was a huge success. A special thank you goes to Honorary Chair, Nancy Noel for all of her hard work and dedication to this project. The merchandise table that was filled with textile items made by offenders at the Indiana Women's Prison and the 2013 ICAN Decade of Dogs calendar was quite busy all evening as shoppers quickly bought these one of a kind treasures. Former ICAN handlers also provided dog demonstrations throughout the evening for guests to witness first-hand the talent of our service dogs.
We are thrilled to announce that more than $100,000 was generated from the celebration event! To top things off– an anonymous supporter made a matching pledge of up to $10,000, for every donation received towards the event.
You can still pledge by doing it online at www.icandog.org (click on Decade of Dogs) or send a check payable to ICAN to: ICAN, c/o DOD Pledge, 5610 Crawfordsville Road, Suite 2101, Indianapolis, Indiana 46224.
ICAN extends a very heartfelt thanks to the many volunteers, handlers, clients, offenders who contributed endless hours of their time and support to making our 10th Anniversary a very special one.
In addition, we extend our sincere thanks to the following businesses for their generous support: