ORLANDO, Fla. — The Orlando community supported service dogs and a local organization at a fundraising event in Winter Park.
DogFest launched nationwide ten years ago to educate the community and raise money.
Representatives said they raised over $85,000 at Saturday’s event.
Canine Companions, who hosted the event, provides trained service dogs to those with disabilities for free.
9 Family Connection was also a sponsor of DogFest Orlando, and Channel 9 Sports Anchor Alex Walker emceed the event.
The top fundraising team was STEP @ UCF, a group at the University of Central Florida where students raise service dogs in training. STEP has raised more than 50 dogs for the organization.
The funds will help adults, children and veterans with disabilities.
The organization relies on donations and support from the community to operate.
Canine Companions has placed more than 7,500 dogs since 1975.
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