It is our pleasure to cordially invite you to the first annual gala dinner reception to benefit Boondocks K-9 Search and Rescue, (SAR) Inc. and Community Emergency Response Team, (C.E.R.T.)
Boondocks K9 SAR is a non profit Volunteer Organization Active in Disasters (VOAD). It is a non governmental organization (NGO) that began as a dream of Liza Vega wishing to provide canine search and rescue and other humanitarian aid to the community. With the help of her husband Luis, they soon realized that to fulfill this dream they needed to work with other volunteers and agencies. Therefore, in 2014 they became Boondocks K-9 Search and Rescue, and began scouting for volunteers with the drive, devotion and wherewithal to meet the demands needed. They formed a non-profit and began to connect with other agencies such as FEMA, The American Red Cross, AmeriCorps, USSAR/PRUSSAR, and SAR Urban Task Force 1, in addition to other federal, state, and private agencies.
As these partnerships developed, Boondocks began training in areas such as Hazwoper, CPR, Wide Area Search, Bloodborne Pathogens, Fire Control, Cribbing, National Incident Management Systems, and Crime Scene Investigation. As of 2016 all Boondocks/CERT volunteers are required to have basic C.E.R.T. training.
In 2017 Boondocks became involved and continues to provide assistance in one of the worst disasters experienced on the island of Puerto Rico in the aftermath of hurricanes Irma and Maria. Boondocks conducted 1,381 urban, water and mountain rescues. They assisted in horrifying recoveries, and distributed humanitarian relief in the form of over 400,000 lbs. of supplies shipped overseas via 9 containers provisioned with water, food, first aid kits, medical equipment, hygiene kits, dog food, baby formula, pampers, adult diapers, bedding pads, water filters, and toiletries, as well as over 2,000 lbs. of supplies via air. They also provided basic Community Emergency Response Team training to 79 new C.E.R.T. members and trained instructors who trained 655 more new C.E.R.T. members in Puerto Rico.
This gala event is being provided to help us cover debt incurred from the 2017 hurricanes, including expenses for vehicles, housing, transportation, port fees, and travel, and in anticipation of the predicted storms for 2018. We foresee costs for vehicles and restocking our warehouse to be approximately $150,000. Donations will be distributed through our unit in Puerto Rico where we have developed emergency plans to not only help Puerto Rico, but also nearby islands. We will be filling our warehouse and purchasing vehicles provided by the Puerto Rican government at a drastically low price via an agreement with the government that we will be present from day one if a disaster occurs in Puerto Rico and the Caribbean.
And we hope you will consider attending our gala dinner and supporting us by acquiring a table or as many admission tickets to share with your friends and family and celebrate life at the beautiful Grand Oaks, 3000 Marion County Road, Weirsdale, FL. 32195.
We will have dinning, dancing, silent auction, Pleneros, and other amenities.
Luis A. Vega