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A Lunchtime Friendship Turns into a Lifetime of Support

Mark and Sharon WintersMark Winters had a question for the blind woman with the guide dog who ran the cafeteria and served as cashier at the county building where he worked. It wasn’t about how she totaled the menu items and made change. Winters wanted to know how it was that her clothes were always so well matched. The question turned into a conversation. Winters went home and told his wife, Sharon, that she needed to meet this woman. It was the beginning of a friendship that, for this trio, continues more than 20 years later.

The Winters learned more about Guide Dogs of America when they attended one of our graduations.

“We learned about how the school receives no federal funding and relies solely on donations to provide guide dogs at no cost to their graduates,” said Mr. Winters. “My wife Sharon and I thought what a great program. With many other organizations there is so much overhead and salaries paid out. GDA is run so efficiently. We see a fantastic return.”

When the Winters set up their living trust and will, they told the attorney that they wanted to give something back to society.

“We decided to name Guide Dogs of America in our trust,” said Mr. Winters. “I cannot think of a finer organization.”

For information about becoming a Partner in Trust, please contact Rhonda Bissell at 818-833-6432.

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