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Southeast Guide Dogs' Walkathon, February 27

TAKE YOUR BEST FRIEND FOR A WALK! HAVE FUN, DO GOOD!Lace up your walking shoes, get your best friend’s leash and join Southeastern Guide Dogs’ Walkathon February 27th at the MOSAIC arena at the Manatee County Fairgrounds. It’s a wonderful day full of fun, fellowship and fundraising for a great cause.This is the school’s largest annual fundraiser and this year promises to be the best yet! There’s music, entertainment and a barn burner of a raffle featuring a top prize of $10,000! Other prizes include travel packages, a flat screen TV and unique, one-of-a-kind dog items.The event also features blindfold walks, trainer demonstrations throughout the morning.Tickets are $25 for adults, $10 for children and $5 for non-program dogs. Your dog should be up-to-date on shots and happy to see other people and other dogs. And, please, no flexi-leashes.Pre-registration is available online at guidedogs.org/walkathon or the day of the event beginning at 7:30. The walk starts at 8:30 and is 3 miles long.Southeastern Guide Dogs breeds, raises and trains guide dogs for people with visual impairments. Students live on Southeastern’s beautiful, 23-acre campus for 26 days, training with their new dogs. After graduating, they return to lives now full of new opportunities, independence and increased mobility.