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Donor Offers Matching Gift in Memory of Husband

Wednesday December 09, 2020

Leslys poses  for a photo surrounded by three plush guide dog puppies wearing green GDB training vests.

Leslys Garrow Vedder has long admired Guide Dogs for the Blind and appreciates that guide dogs are far more than excellent mobility aids: they provide companionship as well as enhanced confidence and independence. Her involvement with GDB is also the result of her late husband’s visual impairment. Dr. James Forrest Vedder, Ph.D., was a physicist, archeologist, and scholar. He lost an eye at 15 months old and received a prosthetic eye and while attending the University of California, Berkeley for graduate work.

Leslys recalls that Jim loved animals, and she has a passion for helping people, especially children. “For many years, Jim and I had always supported organizations that were important to us,” Leslys says. “And now, years later, I am able to do more. My charitable gifts are in memory of him.”

Most recently, Leslys generously provided GDB with a special $100,000 matching gift opportunity in memory of Jim. That means, Leslys will match any gift to GDB dollar for dollar, up to $100,000! Donate now to have Leslys match your gift!

“With this generous donation, Leslys is not only honoring her beloved husband Jim, but is also helping GDB create exceptional partnerships between people, dogs, and communities,” says Christine Benninger, president and CEO of GDB. “Her support continues the efforts of GDB to remain a leader in guide dog training for the blind and visually impaired. For those who contribute to our holiday/year-end match, you are supporting these initiatives as well.”

Thank you Leslys for your incredible support, and thank you to all for helping us reach our goal!

Donate now to have your gift matched. 

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