Island Dolphin Care was created by Mrs. Deena Hoagland, LCSW, after witnessing the remarkable recovery of her son, Joe, after he began swimming with dolphins at the age of three. Deena and her husband, brought Joe to Dolphins Plus, in Key Largo, FL in the hope that the dolphins might motivate Joe to use the left side of his body-weakened from a stroke which occurred during his third open-heart surgery. Joe had not responded well to traditional physical, occupational, and speech therapies, but began to make progress at Dolphins Plus. With the support of the dolphins, especially his dolphin friend “Fonzie”, he was able to normalize his young life. “I believed that if dolphins could help Joe recover and motivate him to try new tasks, the dolphins might also help others.”, adds Deena Hoagland. Since 1990, Deena and the IDC staff have helped numerous children, adults and families from around the world with various educational, emotional, and physical needs.
The “I Do Care” annual fundraiser will be held on November 17, 2012 at The Big Chill in Key Largo, FL. The event will start at 6:00 p.m. and include cocktails, dinner, dancing, silent and live auctions. Tickets are on sale now for $100 per person. All proceeds support scholarships to Island Dolphin Care programs for children, their families and wounded veterans & soldiers. To sponsor or donate to “I Do Care 2012” please visit http://www.islanddolphincare.org, call (305) 451-5884 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Island Dolphin Care is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization;