Too cute to fail

click to enlarge Meet Lumen. Get it? He's a seeing eye dog, or at least he will be. - Southeastern Guide Dogs
Southeastern Guide Dogs
Meet Lumen. Get it? He's a seeing eye dog, or at least he will be.

Think of the banking industry.

Did it make you smile?

Yeah, us neither. But this did: Employees at GTE Financial, a Tampa Bay area credit union, raised enough money to sponsor two Southeastern Guide Dog Puppies. Sponsorship cost $5,000 per pup and includes naming rights for the dog. Employees raised the money through different fundraisers, including a Super Bowl-themed "spin-to-win" event and creating and delivering Valentine's Day grams. 
Employees and GTE Financial's social media followers chose the name "Lumen" for one pup. GTE says it will allow social media followers to choose the name for the second dog.

Southeastern Guide Dogs, based in Palmetto, places guide dogs with the visually impaired and veterans. To date, they've matched almost 3,000 dogs. Private donations fund the agency.

About The Author

Cathy Salustri

Cathy's portfolio includes pieces for Visit Florida, USA Today and regional and local press. In 2016, UPF published Backroads of Paradise, her travel narrative about retracing the WPA-era Florida driving tours that was featured in The New York Times. Cathy speaks about Florida history for the Osher Lifelong Learning...
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