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The Seeing Eye Recognizes Volunteer Puppy Raisers with Service Awards and Scholarships

A group of recent high school graduates stand smiling in a group photo on The Seeing Eye campus, after receiving their scholarship awards.

On August 13, 2022, The Seeing Eye honored four puppy raisers with induction to the “The Seeing Eye 21 Club”, a special honor for volunteers who have raised at least 21 Seeing Eye® puppies, and awarded 30 exceptional college-bound puppy raisers with college scholarships.

“Seeing Eye staff and volunteers were excited to gather for the first in-person Seeing Eye Family Day to be held on campus since the COVID-19 pandemic first began,” said Seeing Eye director of canine development Peggy Gibbon.  “We could not breed and train world-renowned Seeing Eye dogs for people who are blind and visually impaired without the dedicated volunteers who raise our puppies.”

21 Club Honorees (4):

The Bittinger Family, Waynesboro, Pa.

Jeanne Kollmer, Somerset, N.J.

Joan Maloney, Bridgeton, N.J.

Kirsten Schaney & Jill Chambers, Bristol, Pa.

Scholarship recipients (30): To qualify, students have raised at least two Seeing Eye puppies, demonstrated a high level of academic achievement and are active in their communities.

Lydia Alheidt, Sussex, N.J.

Matthew Alter, Sicklerville, N.J.

Gehrig Blanchard, Upper Saddle River, N.J.

Alex Bohensky, Madison, N.J.

Christian Bonczek, Manalapan, N.J.

Emma G. Burke, Summit, N.J.

Jackson Chiappa, Downington, Pa.

Caleb Christensen, Lansdale, Pa.

Sofia Cobá-Horvath, Mount Holly, N.J.

Ethan Michael Daly, Paramus, N.J.

Philip Fancher, Andover, N.J.

Alyssa Gillner, Reading, Pa.

Noah Grunder Elmer, N.J.

Eve Hearn, Chalfont, Pa.

Alexander Horbacz, West Orange, N.J.

Katie Jeanes, Lititz, Pa.

Maria Klein, Chambersburg, Pa.

Zoe Klein, Chambersburg, Pa.

Willow Macagnano, Madison, N.J.

Abigail Newgent, Westminster, Md.

Elijah Randolph, Telford, Pa.

Giovanni Ricupero, Randolph, N.J.

Francesca Russo, Westfield, N.J.

Madeleine Saraisky, Montclair, N.J.

John Shubeck, Chatham, N.J.

Emily Snyder, Halifax, Pa.

Ethan Snyder, Halifax, Pa.

Ella Stiso Manasquan, N.J.

Rebekah Thompson, Summit, N.J.

Gillian Waksmunski, Monroe Township, N.J.