Nearly 200 guests — two-and-four-legged friends — once again gathered at Richmond’s River Rock Resort for the dinner and dance, a day shy of what would have been Andrew’s 39th birthday. Guests were treated to a sumptuous prime rib dinner, fueling fundraising efforts on a host of auction items.
The night of remembrance and celebration would eventually net the charity nearly $45,000. Attendees would celebrate kicking up their heels to the music of Dr. Strangelove.
For children with moderate to severe autism, a support dog can be hugely beneficial, says Bill Thornton, CEO and co-founder of British Columbia Guide Dog Services.
These dogs help with safety, reduce stress for kids and parents, and aid in social interaction, he adds.
A grateful Heather Minchinton agrees. The special guest speaker for the evening, the Surrey mother shared that since being matched, her seven-year-old son Caleb — one of a set of triplets all on the autism spectrum — has started to interact with his brothers, reaching for their hands and engaging in play.
It costs the society roughly $35,000 to train one dog. The Kitz4Kids event has helped support the training of seven autism support dogs, connecting animals to loving families who welcome the four-legged help.
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