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Bergin University of Canine Studies Gala
October 4, 2013 @ 6:00 pm$55.00
Bergin University of Canine Studies is proud to announce a premier Gala and Book Signing featuringÂ Â New York Times bestselling author former Army CaptainÂ Luis Carlos MontalvÃ¡n and his service dog, TuesdayÂ at the Ed Roberts Campus in BerkeleyÂ on October 4, 2013. We are hosting this fundraiser to further our mission of providing service dogsÂ for people with disabilities including VeteransÂ as well as preparing students to become future leaders in the field ofÂ service dog training and placement, the related dog industry and academic canine studies.
Captain MontalvÃ¡n is a highly decorated combat veteranÂ who returned from multiple tours in Iraq with physical disabilities, traumatic brain injury and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.Â His book,Â Until Tuesday:Â A Wounded Warrior and the Golden Retriever Who Saved Him,Â is the moving story of the power of the human-canine bond in recovery and spiritual renewal for man and dog.Â Luis is nowÂ a tireless advocate for service dogs forÂ wounded warriors- veterans with physical and psychiatric disabilitiesÂ and others with disabilities. Multifaceted and sometimes controversial, Captain MontalvÃ¡n is an engaging speaker with an inspiring story. Bergin University of Canine Studies is proud to bring him to The Ed Roberts Campus in Berkeley to share his story and further our mission of helping dogs help people.
Meet Luis and Tuesday on October 4, 2013 at a fundraiser benefiting the Bergin University of Canine Studies’Â many programs. The Bergin University Gala will be a festive evening beginning at 6:00 PM with wine tasting from local vineyards, light fare and a silent auction. The program will commence at 7:00 PM with a welcome from Dr. Bonita BerginÂ who originatedÂ the ServiceÂ Dog concept, founded the first Service Dog Program and serves as President and CEOÂ of Bergin University, followed by a service dog demonstration by Bergin University students. Captain MontalvÃ¡n and Tuesday will then take the stage for the keynote presentation.Â Attendees willÂ haveÂ the opportunity to meet Captain MontalvÃ¡n and Tuesday, purchase a copy of his book for signing and have a photo opportunity with them. All proceeds from the event will support Bergin Universityâ€™s mission to provide service dogs to those who need them.
Service dogs assist their human partners in many ways including; retrieving objects, providing balance support, alerting to seizures, anxiety attacks, allergens,Â andÂ low blood sugar, and performing numerous other tasks. ThereÂ are fewÂ limitsÂ to the ways in which service dogs canÂ offer loving, supportive,Â practical,Â companionable â€” and often lifesaving â€” assistance.
Service dogs perform a vast and growing range of tasks that assist thousands of people in meeting the everyday challenges presented by their disabilities. In his book, Luis describes the life-changing impact of his service dog, Tuesday.
Tickets for the event can be purchased through MyCommunityTickets:Â http://bit.ly/12XzmvoÂ or by contacting Bergin U by phone or email [email protected].Â Tickets cost $55Â per person. If you are unable to attend, you mayÂ donate funds to support the event and sponsor attendance forÂ somebody in need.
Bergin University is theÂ first andÂ only accredited canine-focused university in the world. Founder Dr. BonnieÂ BerginÂ spearheaded the â€œPaws for Purple Heartsâ€ program and the â€œDogs Helping Veteransâ€ program facilitating a unique canine therapeutic program and partnerships between service dogs and veterans at no cost to the veteran.
Bergin University of Canine Studies is located at 5860 Labath Avenue in Rohnert Park, CA 94928 and can be reached at (707)545-3647(DOGS) or online atÂ www.BerginU.edu. We are a non-profit 501(c)(3) with Tax ID # 68-0259118.
CONTACT: Â Becca Richardson, Director of Development
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â (707) 545-3647 (DOGS) ext. 21
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â [email protected]
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â 5860 Labath Avenue,Â Rohnert Park, CA 94928
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â www.BerginU.edu