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Home for Life Fundraising Brunch with 9/11 Survivor and Service Dog

Photo: Michael Hingson

Photo: Michael Hingson

WHAT: A fundraiser brunch for Home for Life featuring special guest Michael Hingson, 9/11 survivor and author, and his current service dog

WHEN: Sunday, October 5th from 10:00am -1:00pm

WHERE: The Calhoun Beach Club (map)

On Sunday, October 5th, the Calhoun Beach Club hosts Home for Life’s Fall Fancy Feast, a fundraiser brunch with special guests Michael Hingson, 9/11 survivor and author, and his service dog, Africa.

Never heard of Home for Life? It’s a wonderful, local animal sanctuary that provides lifetime loving care to dogs and cats that can’t find homes due to old age, disabilities, or medical/behavioral issues. It’s a totally worthy cause, and one we’re excited to support. But if you need further reason to perk up your ears and get your brunch tickets, know this: special guest Michael Hingson’s story is especially special.

Photo: Wikipedia

Photo: Wikipedia

On September 11, 2001, Hingson and his seeing-eye dog, Roselle, were in his office in the World Trade Center. At 8:46am, the building shook, and Hingson’s colleague looked out the window and explained the situation to the blind Hingson: falling debris, smoke, and fire. Hingson managed to remain calm and took Roselle’s harness, saying, “Forward.” From the 78th floor, Roselle guided Hingson and his colleague through the building and out to safety.

“I had this sense of inner peace that if Roselle and I really worked together we’d be ok,” Hingson says of that horrifying moment. The paw-inspiring Hingson will be speaking about his experiences at the Home for Life brunch and will be signing copies of his best-selling book Thunder Dog and his new book Running with Roselle.

So let’s recap what we know so far: this fundraiser brunch benefits a local animal non-profit and provides you the opportunity to meet Michael Hingson and his current guide dog. But there’s even more reason to attend (not that you’d need the extra encouragement at this point)!

Here’s some of the other tail-wagging stuff going on at this brunch:

  • Bloody Mary Bar (umm, yes please!)
  • Silent auction
  • Brunch buffet
  • Complementary champagne
  • Music by Kenwood Symphony

So bark your calendars to support a worthy cause. You can buy your tickets here and then enjoy a delicious Sunday morning brunch in just a couple of weeks — nothing better.

–Emily Kulich

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