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Snoopy – The Next Southeastern Guide Dog?

Meet Superhero Subie - Puppy Raiser Jen's Newest Southeastern Guide Dog
Meet Superhero Subie – Puppy Raiser Jen’s Newest Southeastern Guide Dog

Our MetWest Senior Property Manager, Jennifer Hatchett is an active Tampa Puppy Raiser for Southeastern Guide Dogs.  As part of the organization’s upcoming Walkathon on April 18th, Jen is looking to raise $5,000 for the opportunity to name a puppy Snoopy in honor of our client MetLife and the MetWest International project.

To help make her goal a reality visit https://guidedogswalkathon.org/jenhatchett

Jen got involved with Southeastern Guide Dogs when one of the MetWest tenants, Melisa Reiter, brought Eric, her puppy in training to MetWest.  Melissa’s second puppy Bo was matched with a seeing impaired forever handler this past summer. “Once I joined the Tampa Puppy Raisers and met others who support this great cause I knew that this would be my life’s work,” stated Jen.  “My first puppy in training, Phi, was sponsored by Bart Butler a graduate of the school who is giving back by fund raising over $23,000.   I am currently working with Brad who I will turn over for training on April 11th and pick up my newest puppy Subie. I hope my next puppy will be named Snoopy!”

The cost to raise and train one guide dog from conception through retirement (usually at age 10) is more than $60,000. All of the services – which include selective breeding and training for the dogs; on-campus instruction for students; and lifetime follow-up for graduates – are provided at no cost to students. Southeastern Guide Dogs receives no government funding and relies 100% on donations from their community of supporters.   Voted 2014 Non-Profit of the Year by the Tampa Bay Business Journal, Southeastern Guide Dogs has received a four-star ranking (highest rank) on Charity Navigator;  they also received a 100 (out of 100) on Accountability and Transparency, and 98.9 (out of 100) overall score which, are the highest scores out of all the guide dog schools in the United States.

Brad - Jen's Current Puppy who she will turn over for training in April.
Brad – Jen’s Current Puppy who she will turn over for training in April.

Founded in 1982, the organization employs the latest in canine development and behavior research to create and nurture partnerships between visually impaired individuals and extraordinary guide dogs. Southeastern Guide Dogs serves more than 400 graduates across the U.S. and continues to place more than 100 dogs each year into careers benefiting people with visual impairments, and veterans. The charity provides all of its services free of charge and receives no government funding. Their many programs include Paws for Independence, Paws for Patriots, Veteran Service Dogs, Canine Connections and Public Service Dogs.

BOMA MIAMI GETS HAPPY

Only in Miami would BOMA create their own signature Happy Video. You’ll recognize lots of familiar T&M faces including lead video star Peter Romero.  BOMA membership is always ready to participate and support BOMA MIAMI and this is by far one of their most unique projects.  Check out the members’ spirit and dance moves!

Damien Madsen at Celebrate Life Hospice Fundraiser Luncheon

Damien Madsen, T&M Orlando Principal, spoke to over 350 guests at the Celebrate Life Hospice Fundraiser Luncheon on April 17th.  Damien who is on the Board of Directors for Hospice the Comforter shared his story of Hospice’s dedication, comfort and professionalism in assisting with the passing of his father this past fall.  Damien spoke to

Orlando Office Hires Leasing Associate Buffy Gillette

Taylor & Mathis of Florida’s Central Florida office has added another member to the team – Leasing Associate Buffy Gillette.  As Leasing Associate Buffy will assist with all aspects of leasing and production for the company’s Orlando office joining Principal Damien Madsen and Director of Leasing & Brokerage Services Darryl Hoffman.  Buffy comes to Taylor &