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Nevada City, Calif. September 10, 2018 – The 2018 Paw and Order Dinner will have a dual focus this year. Taking place on Friday evening, September 21st at the Miner’s Foundry Cultural Center in Nevada City, the dinner, program and auction will begin at 5:30pm. In addition to raising the annual budget which supports the on-going training expenses of K9 Officer Rüdiger and K9 Officer Kano, the Rüdiger Foundation hopes to also raise the initial funding to provide additional K9 officers and equipment for local law enforcement agencies.

Start up expenses for new law enforcement K9 programs can be cost prohibitive for small, rural departments. “It cost us $71,000 to put Rüdiger on patrol in 2015,” said Joey Jordan, president of the Rüdiger Foundation. “In 2017 Rüdiger Foundation provided $25,000 to Grass Valley Police Department for the acquisition of Kano. We understand the need of providing additional K9 officers with a goal of providing 24 hour coverage to all of Nevada County.” Rüdiger Foundation estimates the need for a total of five full time K9 officers to provide around the clock K9 services to Nevada City, Grass Valley, and the unincorporated areas of Nevada County.

Chief Gammelgard of the Grass Valley Police Department is appreciative of the support of the community as demonstrated by the assistance of organizations like Rüdiger Foundation and the local Law Enforcement and Fire Protection Council, both with a mission of helping fill the funding gaps in law enforcement needs. “It’s important to me to provide the tools that help officers perform their job and to keep them safe. K9 officers are a tremendous asset to that end and for community safety as a whole.”

Each year the Paw and Order Dinner, catered by Antonio Ayestaran, sells out in advance. The tickets are $100 and are available online by visiting Rüdiger Foundation on Facebook and linking to the 2018 Paw and Order event page.

To request an event invitation, donate an auction item and/or request information on event sponsorship packages contact tina@rüdigerfoundation.org

The community supports Rüdiger Foundation through fundraising events like the Paw and Order Dinner. Rüdiger Foundation was formed to provide ongoing support to local law enforcement K9 programs. 100% of donations fund local K9 programs. Rüdiger Foundation has no office overhead and no paid staff.