Norma F. Pfriem Foundation Grants $1 Million to Fidelco Guide Dog Foundation

Endowment provides continuity for Fidelco's life-changing mission.

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The late Norma F. Pfriem (1925-2005) smiles with a Fidelco puppy.

This gift serves as a continuation of our joint effort to provide increased freedom and independence to men and women who are blind by providing them with the highest quality guide dogs available anywhere in the world.

Bloomfield, CT (PRWEB) February 14, 2014

The Fidelco Guide Dog Foundation announced that the Norma F. Pfriem Foundation Inc. of Bridgeport, Conn. has awarded it a $1 million grant in support of Fidelco’s life-changing mission.

“Fidelco is most grateful to be an important part of Ms. Pfriem’s living legacy,” said Eliot D. Russman, Fidelco’s CEO and Executive Director. “This gift serves as a continuation of our joint effort to provide increased freedom and independence to men and women who are blind by providing them with the highest quality guide dogs available anywhere in the world.”

Ms. Pfriem and her foundation have donated to Fidelco since 1992 for important projects that include the Successor Client Guide Dog Program, the Norma F. Pfriem Pup House, an endowment for the Apprentice Guide Dog Trainer Program and, as part of the Fidelco capital campaign, construction of the Norma F. Pfriem Pavilion. The $1 million grant will be added to a permanent endowment established in 2006 in the name of Norma F. Pfriem.

Fidelco shares the Pfriem Foundation’s deep roots in Connecticut; since its founding in 1960, it remains Connecticut’s only guide dog school. Fidelco breeds, trains and places its own unique breed of German Shepherd Guide Dogs for people who are blind. The non-profit organization relies solely on the gifts and the generosity of individuals, foundations, corporations and civic organizations. For more information visit http://www.fidelco.org.

About Fidelco Guide Dog Foundation
The Fidelco Guide Dog Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit based in Bloomfield, CT. Fidelco is an internationally accredited organization and an admired expert throughout the world for its highly valued German Shepherd Guide Dogs.

Each Fidelco Guide Dog takes two years, 15,000 hands-on hours and $45,000 to produce. They are given to clients at no cost. Fidelco provides 24/7 client support for the entire working life of its guide dogs – typically 10 years. Fidelco relies solely on the generosity and financial support of individuals, foundations, corporations and civic organizations to help Share the Vision®.

Fidelco has trained and placed over 1,350 German Shepherd Guide Dogs throughout North America – in 41 states and five Canadian provinces. Fidelco pioneered In-Community Placement in the United States — a process that allows all guide dog users to be trained in the communities where they live and work.

Fidelco also has placed hundreds of its German Shepherd Dogs with law enforcement agencies, first responders, search and rescue, and missing child recovery organizations to help protect our fellow citizens and keep our communities safe. For more information visit http://www.fidelco.org.

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