CHESTERLAND, Ohio - Guiding Eyes for the Blind held its first fundraiser in Chesterland, a Golf Classic to benefit the Cleveland charity which raises seeing eye dogs for people around the world.
There weren't many hole-in-ones at Fowlers Mill Golf course -- and it came as no surprise since many of the golfers were blindfolded.
"Not being able to see you want to look through the blindfold. It's so difficult to see if you're going to hit the ball," explained Mark Frank of Solon.
For 36 years, Guiding Eyes has held a golf classic in New York hosted by Eli Manning. The money raised is used to cover many of the costs associated with raising and training a guide dog for the blind around the world.
Many of the dogs are raised and trained right here in Ohio. That's why Betsy Dunn of Guiding Eyes for the Blind in Cleveland decided to have a fundraiser locally.
"We use the money to support the puppies here. It's for all of their medication, food, and training."
Once trained, the dogs can be used as guide dogs and even assist law enforcement as a drug or bomb sniffing dog. Many dogs can also be used to assist autistic children.
Dogs have been delivered to people across the United States as well as Spain, Italy, and other parts of Europe.
Guiding Eyes for the Blind is an internationally accredited guide dog school providing greater independence, dignity, and new horizons of opportunity.