From Creature Comfort Pet Therapy:
Heather O’Rourke, Channel 7’s morning traffic anchor, and her dog, Rocco, will emcee this year’s Champagne Brunch/Silent Auction for Creature Comfort Pet Therapy, an innovative and rapidly growing leader in therapy dog service based in Morris Plains.
The date is Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017, from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Brooklake Country Club in Florham Park.
There will be live music, a delicious brunch, champagne, and the silent auction and raffle, featuring a number of attractive items.
CCPT’s 2017 honoree will be Cornerstone Day School of Mountainside. Creature Comfort therapy dog teams visit Cornerstone three times a week to work with students in grades 5-12 with major emotional and psychiatric problems.
Since its founding in 2006, Cornerstone has built a reputation for clinical and academic excellence in a unique setting.
Creature Comfort currently serves more than 150 partner facilities in 13 North and Central Jersey counties and does nearly 4,000 visits per year.
Its mission is to provide caring volunteers who share their pet’s love by visiting people in need of comfort or company, to build connections between volunteers and the facilities CCPT serves, and to educate and increase awareness of the benefits of pet therapy.
Creature Comfort brings pets into nursing homes/assisted living facilities, public and specialized schools, and libraries where kids read to the dogs.
The organization also works with homeless veterans at the Lyons VA campus, and visits college campuses during winter and spring semester finals week to de-stress the students.
At Christmas and during spring break, Creative Comfort also can be found at United Airlines’ Terminal C at Newark Liberty International Airport, as part of United’s national United Paws program to de-stress travelers, TSA personnel and flight crews.
Additionally, CCPT teams visit Morristown Medical Center, where the therapy dogs and their handlers can be found literally everywhere except in the operating rooms. CCPT dogs also are part of clinical teams working with children experiencing a variety of issues at Trinitas Medical Center’s Pawsitive Pals program in Elizabeth.