Nonprofit Pairs Veteran with Guide Dog

 

Guiding Eyes for the Blind pic
Guiding Eyes for the Blind
Image: guidingeyes.org

Gary Fournier, a managing director at J.P. Morgan Securities, was recently named by financial magazine Barron’s as one of the top financial advisors in the United States. Among his charitable activities, Gary Fournier supports Guiding Eyes for the Blind, a nonprofit dedicated to matching blind people with trained dogs.

One of the organization’s beneficiaries this year, Brian, graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy and served five years in the Marine Corps, where he attained the rank of captain. As a civilian, he worked variously as a stockbroker, construction superintendent, and small business owner.

Following a motorcycle accident in 2009, Brian lost his eyesight and had to develop new skills. He learned how to read braille and use a cane at the Louisiana Center for the Blind, where he also took up woodworking classes. After successfully completing the course, he then applied for a job teaching woodworking to blind adults in Maryland.

Last March, Brian received his dog Yaz from Guiding Eyes for the Blind.

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Guiding Eyes for the Blind Holds 2017 Golf Classic in New York

Guiding Eyes for the Blind pic
Guiding Eyes for the Blind
Image: guidingeyes.org

With more than 25 years of experience in the financial industry, Gary Fournier serves as a managing director at the Los Angeles offices of JP Morgan. Away from assisting clients with their portfolios, Gary Fournier contributes to several nonprofits, including Guiding Eyes for the Blind.

Guiding Eyes for the Blind (GEB) formed in 1954 with the mission of training dogs to help people with blindness or other visual impairments. Accredited by the International Guide Dog Federation, the nonprofit has trained and graduated more than 7,000 teams of dogs, and it continues to produce high-quality animal assistants for those in need.

Among its fund-raising efforts, GEB hosts an annual Golf Classic at the Mount Kisco Country Club in Westchester County, New York. The 2017 event will take place on June 12, and a number of marketing opportunities are available, including journal advertisements and sponsoring a hole. Plus, those donating at the top four tiers, from Gold to Titanium, will gain access to a sponsor-recognition event attended by New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning.

Now in its 40th year, the Golf Classic is presented in partnership with the Corcoran Cup, a major tournament for golfers who are blind that will be held at the Mount Kisco Country Club on June 11. For more information on the Golf Classic, visit www.guidingeyes.org.