Summit in Sixty Seconds                    March, 2017

Friends of Summit applicant create beautiful quilt
The Coulee City Cut-Ups have a passion for quilting – and for generosity.  These long-time friends of Jennifer Newhouse of Moses Lake make and donate a quilt each year to a charity to use for fundraising.  Summit is the latest beneficiary of their generosity.  Jennifer is the mother of 2005 graduate and successor-dog applicant Rachel Newhouse, and she suggested Summit for the group’s latest quilt. 
“They have known Rachel forever,” Jennifer said, “and we hope this will raise some funds for the program.”  Jennifer provided the fabric, but the others did the cutting, assembling and quilting, “because I have no sewing skills,” she said.  However, she hand stitched the binding.  The group also made a dog blanket from the leftover fabric.
Rachel, who has cerebral palsy and uses a wheelchair, received her first dog, Thunder, from Summit in 2005 when she was in the 8th grade.  He was with her throughout her school years, where he was a star.  “Everybody absolutely loved him,” she said.  In addition to performing important tasks for her, Thunder’s welcoming wags made it more comfortable for people to approach Rachel and made it easier for her to connect with others. 
Rachel is now pursuing her Associate of Arts degree at Big Bend Community College in Moses Lake and recently moved out of her family’s home to live on her own with a roommate.  She is pursuing part-time work as well.  Thunder was retired in 2013 after eight years of faithful service to Rachel and died last year.  After depending on Thunder for help every day, Rachel is counting the days until she gets a successor dog. 
Rachel joins a growing list of successor-dog applicants we are anxious to help.  Without a training facility, we are limited in the number of dogs we can place each year, and we look forward to that changing when we build our new facility on Whidbey Island.  We’ll use the Coulee City Cut-Ups’ quilt and blanket as part of our continuing fundraising efforts.

Dogs of Microsoft Calendar makes the news
The popular Dogs of Microsoft Calendar, which has been a great employee fundraiser benefiting Summit for many years, was featured on KING TV in January.  The calendar is just one of the creative things Microsoft employees do during their annual giving campaign in October to raise money for favorite charities.  Last October alone, they raised about $98,000 to help Summit create life-changing partnerships.  The calendar was a big portion of that, with more than 400 employees paying to enter their dogs’ photos in a competition for 12 coveted monthly features.  Check out the story and interview with Mark Swatzell, calendar organizer, at Dogs of Microsoft .

Please join us for our annual luncheon April 27

Heartwarming stories, precious puppies, service dog demonstrations and more await you at our annual “Unleash Your Love” fundraising luncheon April 27 at the Hyatt Regency in Bellevue.  We provide lunch and free parking, you come and bring friends and family.  Our program will cover all aspects of our program, including our training partnership with the Monroe Correctional Complex.  You will hear from a graduate and other speakers about how our program changes lives. Doors open at 11 a.m. for social time and a no-host cocktail/mimosa bar.  Our program will start promptly at noon, and we promise to wrap up at 1 p.m. and let you get back to your day.  Seating is limited, so please RSVP no later than April 20 by calling 360-293-5609 or emailing

Our mailing address is:
Summit Assistance Dogs
P.O. Box 699
Anacortes, WA 98221

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