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.