VERN LEADS the pack at the annual Dog-A-Thon as Toronto and Randy Cummings follow along. Cummings is an instructor the El Dorado Center for the Visually Impaired. Democrat file photo


It’s a dog day at the annual Dog-A-Thon

By From page B2 | May 17, 2013

hat: 19th annual Dog-A-Thon

Who: El Dorado Center for the Visually Impaired and the Mother Lode, Placerville, El Dorado Hills and Pioneer Lions clubs

Where: Louisiana Schnell School, 2871 Schnell School Road in Placerville

When: Saturday, May 18 from 8 to 11 a.m.

Registration: $10 per dog

Information: Call the center at 530-626-6715, Ellen Yevdakimov at 530-622-6860 or Neil Pfafman at 530-626-8279

Canines will rule on Saturday, May 18, at the Dog-A-Thon.

The El Dorado Center for the Visually Impaired invites El Dorado County residents to bring their dogs out to participate in the 19th annual walk from 8 to 11 a.m.

The walk takes place at Louisiana Schnell School, 2871 Schnell School Road in Placerville. Groups of 12 will have staggered starts for the 3-mile jaunt on the El Dorado Trail with the walk concluding back at the school.

Registration for the Dog-A-Thon is $10 per dog and can take place the day of the event from 8 to 9:15 a.m. at the school. The walk is scheduled to start at 9:15 a.m.

People who want to register before the Dog-A-Thon can drop off a check or money order at the El Dorado Center for the Visually Impaired, 4600 Farnsworth Lane in El Dorado.

Participants are requested to collect pledges for the center and should bring the money raised the day of the walk.

People who don’t own a dog but want to make a donation toward the event can still do so, Neil Pfafman, chairman of the Dog-A-Thon, said.

The person who raises the most money will have their name and their pooch’s name and picture placed on next year’s T-shirt. The top three fundraisers will receive gift certificates for pet supplies.

Annalicia Spannaus of Somerset was last year’s winner and her dog, Foxy, a beagle, appears on this year’s T-shirt.

This year’s event will feature a best costumed dog and an owner-dog look-a-like contests. Another fun event is the frisbee contest. All of the contests will take place at the school.

The Dog-A-Thon is a fundraiser for the El Dorado Center for the Visually Impaired, which works with people who are visually impaired, according to Ellen Yevdakimov, board member for the center who is the coordinator for this year’s Dog-A-Thon.

The center provides support and training for people who are visually impaired. The center teaches the visually impaired how to do daily chores and provides resources to live an independent lifestyle. The use of Braille machines and computers is covered in the classes.

“We work with individuals and teach them how to function, how to do things,” said Yevdakimov, who volunteers at the center. “We want people to know that even though they’ve lost their sight that they can still function. They do not have to sit home and feel sorry for themselves.”

The center employees has two employees. Randy Cummings is an instructor and Leslie Roy is the clerical staff.

Helping with the running of the center is a dedicated board: Bob Bishop, who is the director, Yevdakimov, Gerry Schure, Pat Schure, Robin Stanley, Penny Hutchinson and Rich Meagher.

In addition to the employees and board members who will be volunteering at the Dog-A-Thon, members of the Mother Lode, Placerville, El Dorado Hills and Pioneer Lions clubs are volunteering.

In last year’s walk, approximately 110 people and 84 dogs participated in last year’s Dog-A-Thon and raised $10,000 for the center. This is an important part of the operating budget.

For more information or to make a donation contact the center at 530-626-6175, Yevdakimov at 530-622-6860 or Pfafman at 530-626-8279.

To learn more about the center visit 

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