Carnegie Mellon University prides itself in the accomplishments of its alumni, and is dedicated to establishing relationships that will leave lasting impacts on the communities in which those affiliated with CMU live and work. United States Marine Corps, Lieutenant Colonel Christopher "Otis" Raible, a North Huntingdon, Pennsylvania native and 1995 graduate of the bachelor’s in Civil Engineering program, exceeded that expectation when he gave his life while serving in Afghanistan in 2012. Thus, it is only fitting that we pay tribute to Chris and his family for their sacrifice and dedication to duty.
The Carnegie Mellon Student Veterans & Family Association (SVFA), in coordination with the family of Lieutenant Colonel Raible, have married Chris’ enjoyment for golf and his belief in community service to create an annual charity event in his memory. The event aims to substantially decrease the fiscal burden of operations for a confirmed 501(c)(3) not-for-profit charity aligned with initiatives that Chris would have found worthy of aid.
Proceeds from the 2015 event will benefit Canine Angels Service Dogs, an organization headquartered in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina that trains shelter animals as service and companion animals for individuals suffering from Post-Traumatic and/or Post-Combat Stress. Ultimately, Canine Angels provides a much-needed service to those requiring non-medical behavioral health interventions, operating solely on donations. Based on their mission, Carnegie Mellon University Student Veterans & Family Association and the Raible family are confident that this is a cause that is worth of our financial support.
CANINE ANGELS SERVICE DOGS
Founded in 2011, Canine Angels has teamed dozens of veterans with service dogs that are helping them reclaim their independence, self-esteem and peace of mind. Some veterans have experienced relief from PTSD, night terrors, fear of crowds, irritability and anger. They are able to take part in daily and social activities again, with help from their Canine Angels. The Angels give these patients their lives back.
Canine Angels Service Dogs trains rescued dogs for disabled veterans and first responders primarily in the Carolinas, but it is willing to expand when feasible to meet the needs of the Mid-Atlantic region. We rescue the dogs. The dogs rescue the veterans.
Visit their official website for more information.