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Planet Dog Foundation Sets Date for 2018 Charity Gala


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Planet Dog founder Alex Fisher addresses the crowd at the inaugural Planet Dog Ball, which was held in April.

Kevin Morris

The Planet Dog Foundation will host its second annual Planet Dog Ball charity gala on April 7, 2018. The gala aims to raise awareness and funds for the Hoyt Therapy Dog Program at Maine Medical Center (MMC) and The Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital (BBCH).

With almost 30 trained therapy dogs and handlers, the Hoyt Therapy Dog Program brings the calm and joy of connecting with a loving animal to patients, staff, and families at MMC and BBCH. Although the handlers are trained volunteers who donate their time to promoting the well-being of patients and their families, there is still a cost to operate and maintain the program.

Through the generosity of sponsors and patrons at the 2018 Planet Dog Ball, The Planet Dog Foundation aims to cover the cost of the Hoyt Therapy Dog Program for at least two years, thus ensuring that patients and families will continue to receive these much-beloved visits. Various sponsorship opportunities are available at planetdogball.com.

In its inaugural year, the Planet Dog Ball drew more than 150 patrons, 20 canine companions and 11 sponsors for a glittering evening of local food, fur, fancies, and fashion to raise more than $80,000 for America’s VetDogs, a national service dog program, and Maine-based K9s on the Front Line, which provides Maine veterans with trained service dogs free-of-charge.

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