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Schubach Aviation pledges ‘One Cent Per Mile’ to Guide Dogs for the Blind

Bill and Debra Gershen with a puppy in training.
Bill and Debra Gershen with a puppy in training.

As part of a six-month fundraising campaign benefiting Guide Dogs for the Blind, Schubach Aviation (www.schubachaviation.com), an air charter company, has pledged to donate one cent for every mile flown by its fleet of 12 private aircraft during the period of Jan. 1 to June 29 to the nonprofit organization.

Based on Schubach Aviation’s current mileage trends, the company expects to raise approximately $5,000 for the organization. Schubach Aviation will also give its customers the option of matching the company’s “one cent per mile” donation by contributing to one of two non-profit organizations of their choice, Guide Dogs for the Blind being one of them.

“Anyone familiar with Schubach Aviation knows that dogs are close to our hearts,” said Henry Schubach, president of Schubach Aviation, which often flies customers along with their pets. “We’ve recently had the opportunity to become more familiar with Guide Dogs for the Blind and the terrific work it’s doing right here in the San Diego community.”

Established in 1942, Guide Dogs for the Blind is a national nonprofit organization whose mission is to empower lives through exceptional partnerships between people, dogs and communities. The organization receives no government support and operates on donations.  It provides  services to blind and visually impaired students at no cost to them.

Committed to lifetime partnerships, Guide Dogs for the Blind supports many students with more than one dog after their guide retires.  This commitment includes free veterinary care for the life of all of their guide dogs. The preeminent guide dog school in North America and Canada, Guide Dogs for the Blind also provides free onsite and ongoing support for its more than 2,100 guide dog teams currently in the field.

In October 2012, Schubach Aviation partnered with Rancho Santa Fe residents Debra and Bill Gershen and Guide Dogs for the Blind to present “Puppies and Guide Dogs Galore”, a fundraising event and reception held at Schubach Aviation’s 45,000-square-foot hangar.

Debra Gershen has served on the Board of Directors of Guide Dogs for the Blind since 2008 and has coordinated the effort to bring more awareness of the organization to the San Diego community.

Visit  www.schubachaviation.com or www.guidedogs.com.