Fundraiser Today to Benefit Diabetic Service Dog Organization

Posted at 3:58 PM, Jun 24, 2014
and last updated 2014-06-24 15:58:16-04

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (June 24, 2014) — A fundraiser to benefit Service Dogs by Warren Retrievers will be held Tuesday from 4 p.m. to 1 a.m. at Peppino’s Sports Grill, 1515 Eastport Dr.

Last week, FOX 17 brought you the story of Ben Dykhouse, who received his service dog Max to help him with his diabetes.

“Welcome Home Max!” is a dinner fundraiser and meet-and-greet at Peppino’s Sports Grill at 1515 Eastport Drive in Grand Rapids.  Fifteen percent of your total dinner will be donated to the campaign when you present the voucher featured in this post.

Max can alert his owner when his blood sugar gets out of safe range and can detect blood sugar levels outside the range of 80 to 180, usually 15 minutes before it shoots up or takes the plunge.

“He’ll paw to let me know high or low,” Ben said.

Max is trained by Service Dogs by Warren Retrievers in Virginia, a non-profit organization that trains dogs to aid people with a variety of disabilities. They also allow families time to raise money for their much-needed helper.

The Dykhouses just hope to let people know service dogs are available to help families like theirs.

“It could add 10 to 15 years of healthy living for me,” Ben said.

Cat Dykhouse, Ben’s wife, hopes to make it known the dogs are there and the wonderful gift they can be.

Here is the voucher for the fundraiser: 

Fundraiser Dog