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REMEMBERING AN ICON:
GDB SUPPORTER JOAN RIVERS
GDB sends our condolences to the family and loved ones of
actress and comedienne Joan Rivers, who recently passed away.
The iconic entertainer had a profound and lasting impact on our
organization; what started as a $50 memorial gift from Joan more
than 25 years ago became an ongoing relationship with GDB in
which she supported and championed our cause in numerous
ways. Not only did Joan
personally donate (including
a team sponsorship of GDB
alumna Kellie Dewveall and her
guide dog
Rivers
, who had been
named after Joan), she would
routinely contribute proceeds
from her live performances,
tv appearances, and contest
winnings. In addition, she
consistently raised awareness
of our organization in media
interviews and via her sizable social media presence. Upon her
passing, GDB was even mentioned in tributes worldwide as one
of Joan’s three favorite charities. For all this and more, we are
extremely grateful for Joan’s support. We are so honored that
with all the demands on her time and resources she remained a
loyal fan and supporter of our organization. She will be missed.
MELISSA AND JOAN RIVERS
VISIT GDB CIRCA 1989.

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