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Fidelco Guide Dog Foundation - 2015 Events

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Sunday, July 19, 2015
103 Vision Way, Bloomfield, CT

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Fidelco Guide Dog Foundation will hold its Fifth Annual Ride for Independence on Sunday, July 19, 2015. This motorcycle fundraiser celebrates the increased freedom and independence that Fidelco German Shepherd Guide Dogs provide to men and women who are blind, especially military veterans.

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The family-friendly event begins and ends at Fidelco’s beautiful Bloomfield campus. Riders will cruise a scenic, police-escorted 50-mile route through the Farmington Valley and return to Fidelco for a gourmet barbeque lunch by Black Eyed Sally’s, a live concert by southern rock band Shovelhead, and more. No bike, no problem: Everyone is encouraged to attend to cheer on the riders and enjoy lunch and music along with vendors, K-9 demonstrations, and Fidelco dogs. Additionally, Fidelco's Field of Flags, a tribute to American heroes and fallen military, first responders, and veterans will be on display. For a $10 donation, Fidelco will add a flag in honor of your hero at the event or through

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The Grand Marshal of the 2015 Ride for Independence is Fidelco client Raymond Collins, United States Marine Corps (Ret.). Ray has been matched five Fidelco Guide Dogs. He has worked for the Plymouth, Massachusetts, County Sheriff's Department for more than 30 years, is a member of the United States Association of Blind Athletes, and is a 1996 Paralympics champion. Ray has steadfastly followed his dreams and ambitions, always with a Fidelco Guide dog by his side.

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Fees:  $40 per rider (includes passenger), $15 non-rider, Under 12 Free

This is an outdoor event. Parents should contact the event sponsor for details.

The Fidelco Guide Dog Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit based in Bloomfield, CT. Fidelco is an internationally accredited organization and an admired expert throughout the world for its highly valued German Shepherd Guide Dogs.

Each Fidelco Guide Dog takes two years, 15,000 hours and $45,000 to breed, raise, and train. They are given to clients at no cost. Fidelco provides 24/7 client support for the entire working life of its guide dogs – typically 10 years. Fidelco relies solely on the generosity and financial support of individuals, foundations, corporations, and civic organizations to help Share the Vision®.

Fidelco has trained and placed more than 1,400 German Shepherd Guide Dogs throughout North America – in 41 states and five Canadian provinces. Fidelco pioneered In-Community Placement in the United States — a process that allows all guide dog users to be trained in the communities where they live and work.

Fidelco also has placed hundreds of its German Shepherd Dogs with law enforcement agencies, first responders, and search and rescue and missing child recovery organizations to help protect our fellow citizens and keep our communities safe.
For more information, please visit or “like” us on Facebook at

From I-91 North or South
•Exit 37 (Bloomfield Ave. - Rte. 305 Windsor)
•West on Rte. 305 (If coming from the North, right at end of exit; if coming from South, left at end of exit).
•Continue on Rte. 305 for two miles- Bloomfield Ave. into Bloomfield.
•Road curves sharply to the left. On right is Kaman Corp.
•Look for the Fidelco sign and turn right onto Vision Way**.

From I-84 East or West
•Take I-84 towards Hartford and merge onto I-91 North
•Exit 37 (Bloomfield Ave - Rte. 305 Windsor)
•Take a left at end of exit onto Rte. 305
•Continue on Rte. 305 for two miles- Bloomfield Ave. into Bloomfield.
•Road curves sharply to the left. On right is Kaman Corp.
•Look for the Fidelco sign and turn right onto Vision Way**.

From the West (Simsbury, Avon, Canton & Rt. 202)
•Travel over Talcott Mountain on Rt. 185 - Hartford Rd.
•At the bottom of the mountain is a light. Go left onto Rt. 178 - Loeffler Rd. (Towards Bloomfield Center).
•Loeffler Rd. becomes Mountain Ave. You will pass a shopping center on the left and come to a light in the center of Bloomfield. (Library on left - Town Hall diagonally across on right.)
•Go left onto Tunxis Ave. - Rt. 189
•Take an immediate right at the first light onto Wintonbury Ave. (First Congregational Church is on this corner).
•Continue through the first light and over the railroad tracks.
•At the next light go left onto Woodland Ave.
•Stay on Woodland Ave. until it ends. Go right onto Rte. 187 - Blue Hills Ave.
•At the third light, turn left onto Rt. 305 - Old Windsor Road. (Dunkin Donuts is on the corner).
•On the left, in about 200 yards, look for the Fidelco sign and turn left onto Vision Way**.

**NOTE: Our road name recently changed. If using GPS, Mapquest, Yahoo Maps, etc., and 103 Vision Way is not recognized, map us at 103 Old Iron Ore Road.

Fidelco Guide Dog Foundation
103 Vision Way
Bloomfield, CT 06002
Phone: 860-243-5200 | Fax: 860-769-0567
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Contact:  Doug Nelson, 860-243-4050 or

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