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An Unforgettable Night for a Paws-itive Cause: Guide Dogs of the Desert Hosts All-American Fundraiser at Agua Caliente Resort Casino Spa Rancho Mirage

Prepare to embark on a remarkable journey at the Agua Caliente Resort Casino Spa Rancho Mirage as Guide Dogs of the Desert rolls out the red carpet for an evening brimming with delight, camaraderie, and heartwarming encounters. Guide Dogs of the Desert, an organization dedicated to bestowing the gift of life-changing guide dogs upon individuals with visual impairments, is hosting a fundraising gala that promises to leave you with cherished memories and a lasting impact. Your presence and support are paramount to their noble mission.

At this exclusive event, you’ll be treated to a sumptuous dinner that tantalizes the taste buds and an enchanting musical performance by none other than the illustrious 2-Time Grammy Award Winner, Diane Schuur. As you savor the culinary delights and lose yourself in the captivating melodies, remember that every moment you enjoy contributes to the betterment of lives.

Make sure to mark your calendars for this remarkable occasion, set to take place on the prestigious Bob Hope Drive in Rancho Mirage, California, USA. Together, we can forge a brighter future for those in need, and your participation is the key to unlocking that potential. We eagerly anticipate your presence and your commitment to this important cause.


Guide Dogs of the Desert was founded in 1972 by Bud Maynard, with a mission to provide quality guide dogs to the blind and the blind with special needs. With the help of the Cathedral City Lions Club and Canyon Country Club members, Guide Dogs of the Desert was incorporated and licensed under California State Law and the Department of Consumer Affairs.

Since 1972, Guide Dogs of the Desert has worked to connect people in need with the tools they require for success. From a simple ranch house in the desert, Guide Dogs of the Desert has grown into an internationally respected school, housing and training up to 25 clients and custom-trained guide dogs each year. More than 1,300 client/dog teams have graduated from Guide Dogs of the Desert in its 45+ years of service. The client incurs NO COST to receive and train with a guide dog.

Guide Dogs of the Desert’s 6-acre campus includes a 12-bedroom dormitory, complete with a common area for socialization, administrative offices, a dining/conference room and a 400-seat multi-purpose room, which also serves as an auditorium. Graduations are staged in the auditorium at the end of each training class. An on-site Kennel complex completes the campus. The main kennel houses up to 25 dogs while they are in for training or in for medical needs. An additional kennel houses puppies between the ages of 6 and 12 weeks in a separate facility from the adult dogs. Attached to the kennels is the Frank M. and Gertrude R. Doyle Foundation Wellness Center, used for the health and welfare of the dogs and puppies, and for when they return for formal training.

For further information regarding Guide Dogs of the Desert and to explore opportunities for making a meaningful donation, please visit their official website at or reach out to Kara Messina at 760.329.2383 or via email at Your contribution, no matter how small, can help light the way for those who depend on the unwavering guidance and companionship of these remarkable canines.

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