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Take the Lead Celebrates

For twenty years, the caring people of Take the Lead have been providing direct services and support for fanciers suffering with life-threatening or terminal illness. The not-for-profit foundation has been a major force within the community during this time. Its all-volunteer staff works tirelessly throughout the year to provide financial relief where it’s most needed.

The organization’s largest annual fundraiser is a party hosted immediately after Monday night’s Westminster Kennel Club Group judging. In the former Club Bar & Grill—soon to be renovated as Ainsworth Prime—several hundred supporters gather each year in a relaxed atmosphere to talk about the world’s most celebrated dog show while helping to raise funds for a very worthy cause.

Take the Lead welcomes the support it receives through its members, donors and from the many good people who plan fundraising events throughout the country. The millions raised by the organization have helped so many people in their time of greatest need and this event ensures that the necessary work of caring for our dog show family will continue.

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Dan Sayers started “in dogs” through a chance encounter with a Springer Spaniel in 1980. A student of dogs ever since, he’s shown Spaniels and Hounds in the conformation ring and breeds Irish Water Spaniels under the Quiet Storm prefix. A dog lover with a passion for the creative arts, Dan has worked as a freelance writer, photographer and illustrator for many years. His feature articles and columns have appeared in Dogs in Review, Dog World and the AKC Gazette, and his design work has appeared in dozens of publications in North America and abroad. An interest in all things “dog” brought Dan to Best In Show Daily, where he gets to work with the most dynamic group of fanciers every day. He lives in Merchantville, New Jersey, with his partner, Rudy Raya, Irish Water Spaniel, Kurre, and the memory of Oscar, a once-in-a-lifetime Sussex Spaniel.