Durham Lions Club Election Day Pancake Jamboree

Today, in addition to visiting voting precincts all across Durham, I also served as a Celebrity Chef for the Annual Pancake Jamboree sponsored by the Durham Lions Club which is held at the Durham Armory in Downtown Durham. I always enjoy visiting my many friends that are part of the Lions Club, but more importantly, supporting this wonderful fundraiser to support charitable work. In addition, it provides supporters with freshly cooked pancakes and sausage as a tasty treat.

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Vets to Vets United, Inc. Graduation Ceremony

This past weekend, I had the pleasure of attending the graduation ceremony for a program started by Dr. Terry Morris, who is a veterinarian, known as Vets to Vets. It is a program composed of veterinarians serving veterans and their service dogs. The program puts together dogs who are adopted from animal shelters and who are typically trained for a period of 2 years to serve the specific needs of the veterans who adopt them. It typically costs $10,000-15,000 dollars to train each service and/or therapy animal that graduates from this program. The cost of this program is subsidized through donations as well as through the service of veterinarians in our area. The program had 19 graduates during 2018 alone, and there are currently 26 veterans on the waitlist. It was wonderful seeing the 6 service dogs who graduated from this program this past weekend. I would like to commend Dr. Morris for her dedication and commitment to this special cause which brings together not only dogs who might be euthanized if they remained in shelters, but also veterans who are in need of a service and/or therapy dog to assist them.

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