Welcome to the 2018 Spring Roxy Reporter Newsletter!
Yes, it is Spring! What a winter! Roxy Teams have been busy offering comfort and support. We truly appreciate our loyal “UNDERDOGS” Eagles fans who generously donated to win a signed 2018 Super Bowl LII Champion Eagles Football.
Congratulations to the winners, Phil Flynn and Joe McCans.
You are all “TOP DOGS” to us at Roxy Therapy Dogs!
Roxy President Receives Prestigious Award
Sharon Fleck, president of Roxy Therapy Dogs, received the prestigious 4 Way Test Award from the Doylestown Rotary Club. The award recognizes volunteers who demonstrate promotion of the 4 guiding principles throughout the community.
As the first volunteer president of Roxy, Sharon has advanced the mission of Roxy Therapy Dogs by creating a better understanding of the connection between people and dogs, evaluating the impact and fairness of each project, building strong relationships with community leaders, organizations and partners, and taking extraordinary steps to turn ideas into successful programs.
Judge Mellon Shows His Love For Roxy Therapy Dogs
A picture speaks a thousand words. Never was that more true than when Judge Mellon unveiled his official retirement portrait. Seven years ago, Judge Mellon contacted Roxy in the hopes that we could partner with the Bucks County Courthouse to provide much needed support and comfort for children navigating the judicial system. While Judge Mellon takes great pride in this program, he is particularly proud of the fact that it has served as a model for other jurisdictions in Pennsylvania and across the country.
So, it really comes as no surprise that when it came time for Judge Mellon to sit for his official courthouse portrait, he chose to include a Roxy puppy. These Roxy puppies are very well known in the Bucks County Courthouse as we provide one for each child that our teams visit there.
We are extremely grateful to Judge Mellon for his continued support of Roxy Therapy Dogs and honored that he chose to make us a part of his official courthouse portrait. We think this portrait says it all!
Will Receives His Eagle Scout Badge
Will Forker is a friend of Roxy Therapy Dogs. Will asked us if he could structure his Eagle Scout project around Roxy. For those unfamiliar with how to become an Eagle Scout, not only is it incredibly difficult, but it is also a very lengthy process. On average, only 2% of scouts in the United States go on to earn their Eagle Scout badge.
In addition to raising money for Roxy through community events, Will built a beautiful wood table to be used at Roxy events, a wood storage bin for event supplies, and a wonderful wood book shelf that is proudly displayed at the Bucks County Courthouse. On Sunday, March 25, Will received his Eagle Scout badge in a special ceremony. Way to go, Will!
Roxy Dogs Deliver in Doylestown
On April 21, Roxy Teams participated in the annual Y Healthy Kids Day in Doylestown. This event promotes kid and family-friendly activities that stimulate the mind and body, improving the health and well-being of children. The dogs delivered wet noses and wagging tails! They loved spending time with the kids on the cool and sunny day. Thanks to Christina, Anita, and all the team volunteers; Sarah with Oskar, Lia with Emma, Phyllis with Katie, Lisa with Piper, and Alice with Keeper.
Roxy Teams joined the fun at the Delaware Valley University’s Activities Day (A-Day) on April 29. The humans were chilly on the blustery day but the dogs loved being outside, welcoming visitors with some puppy love! Children and adults alike enjoyed meeting our dogs. Our very own, super talented Donna Doan not only volunteered but also played the piano for the Delaware Valley Choir. Special thanks to Christina, Pat, Linda and Bob, as well as, our Roxy teams who volunteered; Donna with Buddy, Sarah with Oskar, Denise with Freya, Stacy with Scarlett, Joanne with Theo and Ivy, Cheryl with Finnegan, Alice with Keeper, and Mary with Tess.
Roxy Welcomes a New Marketing Director
We are thrilled to welcome Pam Carroll as our new Marketing Director! Pam brings over 20 years of marketing experience as well as a true appreciation for our mission.
An accomplished public relations and marketing strategist, Pam has been packaging corporate messages with proven success in web marketing strategy, social media marketing, internet marketing services, email marketing, content strategy, business development and marketing to small businesses. Pam is passionate about building brands by telling their stories. She is owner and CEO of a marketing consulting and coaching business where she leads strategic marketing and public relations seminars, coaching C-suite executives on marketing, strategic planning, public relations and brand management.
Pam serves on the board of directors of Teamwork Wins and is past president and founding member of the Women’s Business Forum. She worked as a journalist for the Philadelphia Inquirer and the Daily Local News and honed her broadcasting skills at 6ABC. Pam previously worked at Pearl S. Buck International and was spokesperson for a regional medical center in New Jersey. Her creative work has been honored with a Gold Percy Award from the NJ Healthcare Public Relations and Marketing Association and a First Place award from the NJ Communication and Marketing Association. She is certified by the American Society of Healthcare Marketing and Public Relations. Pam earned a master’s degree in corporate communication from Fairleigh Dickinson University and a bachelor’s degree in mass communication from St. Bonaventure University.
Roxy Therapy Dogs Releases Official Video
We are thrilled to share our first Roxy Therapy Dogs video! This is an inspiring glimpse into the love and compassion that our dogs give to the students in Central Bucks School District each and every week. Enjoy!
Roxy Gear and Gifts are NOW Available Online
Visit the new Roxy Gear and Gifts website hosted by Stitchin’ Witch to purchase Roxy apparel and novelty items for your friends and family. 15% of each order is generously donated back to Roxy Therapy Dogs. Contact Jane at Stitchin’ Witch for custom orders or other inquiries. Now, shop till you drop!
Irina and Bud Will Be Missed But Never Forgotten
On February 19, a beloved Roxy canine volunteer, sweet Irina, passed away peacefully. Those who knew her had the pleasure of meeting “the happiest little brown dog on earth”.
Irina’s favorite place to work was Doylestown Hospital. She had a special way with people, always knowing who needed her love most. She also visited the bereavement group at CB West. Irina would snuggle up and cuddle with everyone – always comforting.
Irina will be missed terribly, but in our hearts forever.
Also in February, our Roxy Therapy Dogs family lost another long-time, beloved canine volunteer. Bud passed away just shy of 13 years old, after volunteering with Roxy Therapy Dogs for the last 9 years. Bud loved visiting his classes at Gayman Elementary School every week! He also comforted children at the Bucks County Courthouse. Bud was the very first dog to participate in our High School Student Support program where he brought much needed peace and calm to students struggling with stress and anxiety.
Bud’s calm, gentle demeanor and his soulful eyes will be missed by many.
For more details and other memorials, visit Rainbow Bridge.
Welcome Aboard to Our New Roxy Therapy Dogs Teams
We are so grateful to have so many new teams who support our mission of bringing comfort to children, enhancing the experience of learning, and enriching the lives of our canine and human volunteers.
- Gretchen and Aslan
- Lisa and Piper
- Rachel and Elvis
- Cynthia and Page
- Cindy and Luna
- Nicki and Maisie
People Are Talking About Roxy Therapy Dogs
Tara Black is a student who remembers her Roxy Therapy Dogs visits with Maggie over the years. In her letter, Tara says that the Roxy visits were one of her favorite elementary school memories. Tara always looked forward to her visits with Maggie and gives Maggie all the credit for her success in school.
Read her Full Letter.
Janet Stavrides and her dog Nike visit elementary school classes weekly, the high schools and Del Val for a research project. They visit Pedia Manor and the Courthouse too. If that isn’t busy enough, they also support Roxy community events and visit a local Assisted Living Facility. We sat down with Janet to learn more about their Roxy days.
Read the Full Interview.
To read other heartwarming Roxy stories, visit roxytherapydogs.org/category/testimonials/