LL 2297 Guide Dog Promotions

Local Lodge 2297 has been actively supporting the Guides Dogs of America Program and the California based school for the past 15 to 20 years. The lodge formed an active committee to determine methods of raising funds for this worthy cause in the early 2000s and has held multiple fund raisers with much success.

Committee Chairman, Rory Brown who wearing jersey number 34 in the picture below is determined to get donations for these precious dogs. Guide Dogs of America provides guide dogs and instruction in their use, free of charge, to blind and visually impaired men and women from U. S. and Canada.

Brief History


More Than 70 Years Ago…At the age of 57, Mr. Jones sought the assistance of a guide dog for his mobility needs, but was declined by many organizations due to his “advanced age.” Because Mr. Jones was determined that a guide dog would enhance his independence, he turned to the IAMAW for help, soliciting assistance from its Executive Council.

After extensive research the IAMAW Executive Council endorsed the founding of International Guiding Eyes. The organization became one of the first guide dog schools to be founded by a blind individual, and also adopted a policy of no upper age discrimination.

For more than 70 years International Guiding Eyes, Inc., dba Guide Dogs of America has matched thousands of individuals who are blind and visually impaired with extraordinary guide dog partners.

With the need for highly qualified service dogs continuously growing, Guide Dogs of America (GDA) merged with Tender Loving Canines (TLC) in January of 2020, allowing us to expand our ability to offer service dogs for Veterans, children with Autism as well as Facility Dogs.

GDA Annual Fundraising event in Las Vegas

Enjoy A Virtual Tour of the GDA Campus