The Maynard Society
The Maynard Society recognizes individuals who have provided for Guide Dogs of the Desert in their estate plans. To be a member, simply let us know you have named Guide Dogs of the Desert as a beneficiary in your will, trust, gift annuity, life insurance policy, 401K or other similar tax-deferred retirement plan. The Maynard Society is recognized on the website and at an annual, exclusive reception in conjunction with a graduation or during in-class training, to welcome new members and provide a personal update on the school. The Maynard Society is named for the late Lafayette "Bud" Maynard who founded Guide Dogs of the Desert in 1972. He took in students and trained dogs at his home in Palm Springs, CA until the demand for his services forced him to move to a larger facility in nearby Whitewater, still the site of the school today. With his wife and daughters' help, Bud Maynard created one of the hallmarks that to this day distinguishes our program from other, much larger training schools: a comfortable, family atmosphere with personal attention to the special needs of each student. "Our Dad put all of his heart and soul into building a facility for the many blind students from Southern California and other states," states daughter, Candi Maynard Doucette. "He knew there was a great need that was going unmet. With the help of his family and many friends, he was able to see his dream come true." A legacy gift to Guide Dogs of the Desert ensures the sustainability of Bud's mission, providing custom trained guide dogs for the blind and those with special needs.
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