“The amount of support we’ve received for the “100 Cars for Good” competition has been remarkable,” says Dan Warren, founder and President of Guardian Angel Service Dogs, lnc. “We are honored to have been selected by viewers as one of the Toyota winners; this car is going to make a huge difference in our day-to-day operations and delivery of medical service dogs.”
Between May 14″1 and August 215“, Toyota is giving away 100 cars to nonprofit organizations and philanthropic causes. By logging into Facebook and accessing the app, individuals can publicly vote for one of that day’s five contestants to be the winner of a brand new Toyota.
The Toyota Highlander being awarded to Guardian Angel Service Dogs, inc. will enable the nonprofit to safely transport the medical service dog, trainer and all their equipment and supplies to their new home, thus greatly reducing overall travel costs.
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Guardian Angel Service Dogs, Inc. (“Guardian Angel”) is a Section 501(c)(3) tax-exempt corporation organized for educational and charitable purposes, including providing educational training (classroom training, personalized individual training and public access training) to individuals and groups about the benefits of having a service dog and the types of assistance that service dogs may provide to persons with (a) health issues, including without limitation, diabetes, and (b) disabilities that are included under the Americans with Disabilities Act and related state and local accessibility statutes, laws and regulations. Further, Guardian Angel assists such persons by offsetting the costs for the purchase and training of a service dog for individuals with health issues or disabilities who apply to the Guardian Angel for assistance and who would benefit from having a canine companion in their lives to enhance their quality of life and to remove barriers that prevent these individuals from living their lives to the fullest extent possible.
Guardian Angel lends its name, logos and other copyrightable material, and its federal tax identification number to individuals who are raising funds to acquire a medical alert service dog through Guardian Angel. The understanding and expectation is that funds will be raised to cover the cost of acquiring and training the medical alert service dog and that excess funds, if any, that are raised are for the benefit of Guardian Angel and the furtherance of its stated purpose and mission.
Unfortunately, Ryan and Tara Mcleod, in their efforts to raise funds for their son Racer’s medical alert service dog, apparently had a misunderstanding about this expectation and, according to reports, raised significant amounts of money in excess of the cost of the medical alert service dog and its training. While Guardian Angel regrets their misunderstanding, Guardian Angel has an obligation and a duty to the many families that it has served in the past, that it serves presently and that it seeks to serve in the future to protect its Section 501(c)(3) status from misuse by others.
Because the Mcleods used Guardian Angel’s name and copyrightable materials and were provided with Guardian Angel’s federal tax identification number, and because the fundraising flyer and many of the other promotional materials referred to raising funds for “Racer’s Guardian Angel Service Dog,” many of those who contributed and donated to the fundraiser may have been under the belief that their contributions and donations were going to Guardian Angel Service Dogs, Inc. To the extent that any persons or entities that did not contribute directly to Guardian Angel for Racer’s Guardian Angel Service Dog received documentation to support a tax-deductible donation or contribution made as a part of these fund-raising activities, and if those funds did not go to Guardian Angel, the Section 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status of Guardian Angel has been misused.
While time and space do not permit the correction of all of the misstatements in Fred Davis’ article in The Examiner today, Guardian Angel Service Dogs, Inc. wants to make it very clear that Warren Enterprises, LLC is not affiliated with Guardian Angel in any manner and does not “own” Guardian Angel.
Guardian Angel Service Dogs, Inc. is proud of its mission to serve those in need of medical alert service dogs.
Press Release regarding the Hubbard News story: Hubbard Press Release (PDF)