The money raised at the Naples, Fla. club’s Community Golf Charity Day Tournament will further empower Topaz’s mission to help individuals with disabilities by providing safety and independence through partnership with skilled assistance dogs.
The Community Golf Charity Day Tournament at The Club at Olde Cypress in Naples, Fla. raised $50,270 for Topaz Assistance Dogs (Topaz), empowering individuals with disabilities by providing safety and independence through partnership with skilled assistance dogs.
Topaz provides the following types of assistance dogs: Mobility dogs, trained to assist individuals with physical or neurological disabilities by turning off and on lights, opening doors, picking up dropped items, item retrieval, and balance assistance. Autism dogs are specifically trained to assist children and adults on the spectrum by facilitating sensory integration, increased social interaction, improved communication skills and providing behavior disruption. Seizure response dogs are trained to help those with epilepsy during and following seizures. And diabetic alert dogs that warn those with Type-1 Diabetes about unsafe blood sugar levels.
“The work that Topaz does and the number of individuals and families it touches is simply amazing,” said Olde Cypress Assistant Golf Professional, Courtney Johnson. “I’d like to thank our dedicated members who show up year after year to support so many wonderful non-profit organizations throughout the region.”
The money raised at the tournament will further empower Topaz’s unwavering mission and fund a variety of different programming elements. Additionally, Olde Cypress has nine members who are naming a new puppy coming into the Topaz program. These generous individuals will be able to follow their pups on their two-year training journey to obtain the elite classification of being a Service Dog. It’s a unique way in which Topaz provides a long-term connection with those who step in, and up, to help an amazing cause.
“We believe so strongly in Topaz, its mission, and the impact it’s having here in Southwest Florida and are grateful for the opportunity to help,” said Olde Cypress member Janine Shea. “This is proof positive that dogs are simply amazing animals with untapped potential when it comes to helping people overcome all types of challenges.”
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