Full & Specialty Sponsorships
Florida Panthers Foundation, Rocky Mountain Dawgs Project is both proud and excited to announce our first full team sponsorship! The Florida Panthers of the NHL have a great foundation and they are teaming up with RMDP to provide a local veteran with a much needed Service Dog.
Kathleen Greer is a veteran of over 25 years service in the United States Army active and reserves. She started her career as an enlisted Military Police Officer, was then commissioned and continued to serve in the Military Police until she left active duty. She was reassigned as an Inspector General in the Reserves. Kathleen was deployed three times active duty and once while in the Reserves. She retired as a Major and has several service connected issues that she is working through. She is a perfect candidate for a Service Dog and will soon receive the help she so deserves!
The Florida Panthers is an extremely veteran friendly organization that does much for those that have served our nation. Their Foundation focuses on four priorities: "building the game of hockey for children and youth, supporting health and education initiatives for children, advocating for and supporting veterans' issues, and raising awareness about the endangered Florida Panther."
Kathleen was actually honored at one of their veteran's programs almost two years ago. At every home game a local military hero is honored for the Panthers' initiative "Heroes Among Us". The hero and their family receive four tickets to the game that they are being honored at as well as special recognition on the scoreboard.
Another great event was the "Virtual Honor Flight" that was held on November 12th. The Panthers invited veterans in for an opportunity to experience what a typical Honor Flight Day would be like without leaving Florida. This day sought to help those that could not travel to enjoy a day that included live entertainment and guest speakers.
We have been working with the Panthers Foundation to set up a date to bring Kathleen, Kevin Sonka, and Katie (our trainer) to a home game on February 3rd to present her with a puppy that will already have a level of training to begin helping Kathleen. I may also be fortunate enough to attend this great ceremony!
Stay tuned for many more updates to come and the eventual unmasking of this future Service Dog! For you hockey fans, take a look at those Panthers, they are rockstars on the ice and in the community!
We want to extend our greatest appreciation to the Panthers Foundation for taking on this sponsorship. They are doing great things for our veterans and certainly deserve all of the support they can get.