Service dog benefit to be held Sept. 1

Horses at the Greenwich Polo Club will have to make way for other four-legged creatures on Sept. 1 when nonprofit organization Educated Canines Assisting with Disabilities (ECAD) will hold a benefit luncheon beginning at 12:30 p.m.

All funds raised will be used by ECAD to educate service dogs who will be placed with civilians or veterans with a broad range of both visible and invisible injuries, including Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) at a cost of nearly $30,000 per dog. ECAD service dogs and puppies, who will soon be service dogs in training, will be on view during the festive luncheon.

More importantly, event organizers said that the puppies will be also available for hugs and kisses.

ECAD was founded in 1995 by Dale and Lu Picard. The organization, which has its main training facility on the campus of Children Village in Dobbs Ferry, N.Y., has placed 250 expertly trained dogs with clients representing a broad range of disabilities since its establishment.

Tickets are $200 per person. The fee includes the $40 fee regularly charged for parking on the Polo Club grounds. Tables will consist of 10 settings and guests may request that they be seated together with friends. To RSVP and purchase tickets on line visit

For individual and corporate sponsorship opportunities and additional information about the purchase of tables and tickets, contact Rick Lund at 203-286-0900 or [email protected]

The event will begin at 12:30 p.m. with lunch being served under a special tent at 2 p.m. The polo match starts at 3 p.m.

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