Since our founding in 2005, we have supported a few local NJ causes that we thought Timbo would have wanted us to support. In his spirit, we will continue to fund these programs on a small scale. We presently provide four $10,000 four-year scholarships to West Essex High School graduates, and we also subsidize travel for seven injured NJ veterans participating in the National Wheelchair Games.
For the fifth consecutive year, the Foundation presented a check to the Seeing Eye (Morristown, NJ) to fund the "adoption" of a guide dog. Sweetie, Timbo's black lab, was a tremendous healing force and constant companion during Timbo's recovery. Though Sweetie was not a trained helper dog, she demonstrated to us the incredible difference that an animal can make in a person's recovery and life. As a result, through this program we have "adopted" Timmy, the yellow lab shown here as well as Smitty (also pictured), Tugboat and Sugar (pictured here from 2008).
In 2009, we auctioned off the right to name the 2010 guide dog that the Foundation will adopt. Jill DiNardo, board member and one of Timbo's lifetime friends, won the auction. She selected the name "SPARKLE", the name of a song that she and Timbo used to sing when they went out for a drive. SPARKLE was born on January 27, 2011 and is in the very first stages of training with a Philadelphia-area family. And though she's just a little pup, she already has her very own blog, Puppy Steps, so we can all follow her training.
The 2010 auction winner was Peg Caccia, and she will be naming the next adopted puppy JaDee in honor of her late husband, John Donald, who passed away in January 2011.