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Jasper, Texas, June 7, 2019 – Leader Dogs for the Blind, located in Southeast Michigan, is excited to be receiving a $20,000 donation from the Jasper Lions Club of Texas. Lions clubs have been supporting Leader Dog since three Lions helped found the nonprofit in 1939.

Through our many local fundraising events, club member contributions, and the generosity of the Lakes Area Hospice Board of Directors, the Jasper Lions were able to raise the funds necessary for this important donation. “We love the opportunity we have to raise funds for a quality nonprofit like Leader Dogs for the Blind,” said Derek Clotiaux, President of the Jasper Lions Club. “We live the Lions motto of ‘We serve,’ and so does Leader Dog.”

Leader Dogs for the Blind relies on donations from individuals, corporations, foundations and service organizations, such as Lions clubs. They do not receive any funding from the government or insurance companies. “The donation from the Jasper Lions Club will go directly to supporting our clients through the purchase of harnesses and personal GPS devices,” said Beth Slade, director of Lions engagement for Leader Dog.

For additional information, visit or contact Rachelle Kniffen, director of communications and marketing at (248) 659-5013.

About Leader Dogs for the Blind

Leader Dogs for the Blind is a nonprofit organization that empowers people who are blind or visually impaired with lifelong skills for independent travel through the use of a Leader Dog or a white cane. Since its founding in 1939, Leader Dogs for the Blind has graduated over 15,000 client/dog teams. All services of the organization are provided free of charge. The organization also provides training in the use of pedestrian GPS equipment, trains guides dogs for people who are Deaf-Blind and holds a summer camp for teens. For more information on Leader Dogs for the Blind, call (888) 777-5332 or visit