- Sept. 20, 2019
-- Newly designated as a Corporate store and franchisee training headquarters, Woody's Bar-B-Q of Ponte Vedra has been making some exciting changes lately for the benefit of its patrons and the community. In addition to a recent $100K renovation to the restaurant's interior, the St. Johns County eatery has teamed up with Ponte Vedra-based nonprofit – K9s For Warriors. K9s For Warriors is dedicated to training and providing service dogs to military veterans suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Traumatic Brain Injury and/or Military Sexual Trauma as a result of military service post-9/11. Located at 226 Solana Road, Woody's Bar-B-Q of Ponte Vedra will host two upcoming events to benefit K9s For Warriors.
Throughout October, Woody's Bar-B-Q of Ponte Vedra has declared a friendly competition between Interact Clubs at Ponte Vedra and Fletcher High Schools. Both schools will be given flyers to distribute to friends, parents, neighbors and more. When the recipient presents their flyer to Woody's Bar-B-Q of Ponte Vedra, the restaurant will donate 20% of their meal ticket to K9s For Warriors while keeping a tally of which school brings in the most donations. An announcement of the winning school will be made in November, along with the total amount raised for the nonprofit.
On October 12, Woody's Bar-B-Q of Ponte Vedra (http://www.woodys.com
) will host a Grand Reopening that will include giveaways, raffle for prizes, food samples, live music and kid-friendly activities. Throughout the event, the restaurant will also be collecting donations for K9s For Warriors. Representatives from the nonprofit will be on hand to offer information about its program and introduce guests to a few service pups in training.
Veterans who attend the no cost, three-week in-house training program with K9s For Warriors receive all necessary equipment, daily training, home cooked meals, wrap around services and assistance, plus a service dog for life. The organization relies on the generosity of its supporters by way of donations and grants to support its operations. Since its inception in 2011, K9s For Warriors has graduated 564 warrior/dog teams. In addition to helping veterans, K9s For Warriors also helps the dogs it brings into service. The majority of dogs used in the program are from rescue shelters. As of July 2019, 1,068 dogs have been rescued through the program. The organization also relies heavily on support from its amazing volunteers who assist by becoming ambassadors for the program to attend local events, help with kennel enrichment tasks, or puppy raise and foster dogs. To learn more about K9s For Warriors, please visit www.k9sforwarriors.org