Friday, December 11, 2009

Ringing In the Holidays: Festive Holiday Luncheon, 2009

Puppy raiser Ellen Aguirre with yellow Lab Addison
It doesn't REEEALLY start to feel like the holidays around here until we've had our Festive Holiday Luncheon. Held just a couple days ago in San Francisco at the Westin St. Francis on Union Square, GDB's 33rd Annual Festive Holiday Luncheon kicked off the season in style. 829 people were in attendance, and the event raised more than $180,000.

CEO Nancy Gardner and GDB aluna Margot Roberts
The day's festivities began with an intimate reception for our Legacy Society members. Legacy members were treated to a keynote address by GDB alumna Margot Roberts, and noshed on tasty appetizers and champagne. (Margot is pictured above with GDB's CEO Nancy Gardner.) From there, the event progressed to the hotel's Grand Ballroom, where guests enjoyed a fabulous lunch and program. GDB alumna and board member Vickie Kennedy and her guide Angela, along with Angela's puppy raiser Gayle Bittner (pictured below), regaled the crowd with tales of how Angela helped to forge a lasting friendship between the two women and their families. The highlight of the program was the ever-anticipated puppy delivery; four young pups were delivered to the eager arms of their new puppy raisers (Ellen Aguirre, top, got her new puppy, yellow Lab Addison).

Gayle Bittner, Vickie Kennedy and Guide Dog Angela
It was a festive day all right! Please take a moment to view our photo slideshow of the event, found at this link on our Flickr site: GDB's 33rd Annual Festive Holiday Luncheon Photos.


  1. Sounds like such a beautiful event. We love attending the Oregon Fall Luncheon.

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