Unforgettable Afternoon with America’s Golden Girl Benefits Dogs for the Deaf

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Betty White is such a huge fan of the non-profit Dogs for the Deaf, that she is willing to donate a once in a lifetime opportunity to meet her in person and to join her at an exquisite and breathtaking equine performance of the internationally acclaimed Cavalia’s “Oddysseo” in Burbank, California on Saturday, Apr. 6, 2013.

“We’re grateful to Ms. White for her generous nature. Ms. White really wanted to share this performance with a fan and she wanted it to benefit Dogs for the Deaf. It really doesn’t get much better,” says Vaughn Maurice, Dogs for the Deaf general manager.

Betty White is such a huge fan of the non-profit Dogs for the Deaf, that she is willing to donate a once in a lifetime opportunity to meet her in person and to join her at an exquisite and breathtaking equine performance of the internationally acclaimed Cavalia’s “Oddysseo” in Burbank, California on Saturday, Apr. 6, 2013.

This opportunity, “A Golden Opportunity,” will be auctioned off on Dogs for the Deaf's website starting today through March 28. The package is valued at $50,000 and bidding starts at $5000. All proceeds benefit Dogs for the Deaf. The winner of the auction receives:

  • Two (2) VIP tickets to Cavalia on 4/6/13 (only), sitting with Betty White in the front row
  • Two (2) nights hotel accommodations at the Luxe Hotel on Sunset
  • Round-trip private transportation to and from the hotel to Cavalia
  • Two (2) round-trip airlines tickets from anywhere in the contiguous U.S.

At 91, seven-time Emmy© Award winner Betty White is a comedy legend and one of the funniest and busiest actresses in Hollywood. Known for such roles as the “Happy Homemaker” Sue Ann Nivens in the classic series “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” and as Rose Nylund in “The Golden Girls,” her career has spanned more than 63 years. She can currently be seen as “Elka” on TV Land’s “Hot in Cleveland” and Executive Producer and Host of NBC’s “Off Their Rockers.” White is a life-long passionate supporter of animal health & welfare.

“We’re grateful to Ms. White for her generous nature. Ms. White really wanted to share this performance with a fan and she wanted it to benefit Dogs for the Deaf. It really doesn’t get much better,” says Vaughn Maurice, Dogs for the Deaf general manager.

Cavalia’s “Odysseo” is a theatrical experience, an ode to horse and man that marries the equestrian arts, awe inspiring acrobatics and high-tech theatrical effects. Set under a 38-meter tall white big top, audiences are transported around the world as more than 50 horses and an international cast play and demonstrate their intimate bond. The 1,393 square meter stage features a real carousel and a magically appearing 302,000-litre lake in front of a stunning video backdrop the size of three IMAX screens. “Odysseo” is a two-hour dream that will move the heart and touch the soul. It is an evening that the audience will never forget. “The prestigious Luxe Hotel was very generous in donating the nights to round out this sophisticated and exquisite experience with Ms. White,” says Maurice.

In 1977, Dogs for the Deaf (DFD) was founded as a the first Hearing Dog training Center in the world by Roy G. Kabat who worked in Hollywood training wild animals for movies such as Born Free and others. Dogs for the Deaf is a non-profit organization that rescues dogs from shelters, trains and places them with qualified clients throughout the United States with different disabilities, challenges and needs. In addition to Hearing Dogs, DFD has expanded its programs to include Autism Assistance Dogs for families with children on the autism spectrum and Program Assistance Dogs for physicians, teachers, counselors, and court room advocates.

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Dogs for the Deaf is a non-profit organization that rescues dogs from shelters, trains and places them with qualified clients throughout the United States with different disabilities, challenges and needs. At the foot of Lower Table Rock in Central Point, Oregon is the headquarters for DFD -- the first Hearing Dog training center in the world. Dogs for the Deaf also specializes in Autism Assistance Dogs and Program Assistance Dogs. Out of town visitors and local residents can visit and learn more about DFD by taking a free tour of the facility Monday thru Friday at 11 a.m. or 1 p.m., except holidays. On the approximately 45-minute tour, visitors watch an informative video and see first-hand one of the dogs demonstrate how DFD trains in special training apartments. The address is 10175 Wheeler Road. For more information, visit the website or call 1-800-990-DOGS (3647).

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