Humble throughout her illustrious career, Pagey, as she was known to those in the fancy, gave to the breed tirelessly throughout her life. The Rachel Page Elliott Educational Fund exists now to continue the mission to which Pagey was committed: building knowledge that will preserve the health, welfare, and integrity of the Golden Retriever and all canines.
The Golden Retriever Foundation is actively interested in RPE Educational Fund grant proposals in the area of education, whether it is for a project that would teach the general public about the care and training of Golden Retrievers; Golden breeders about genetic health concerns; judges about the finer points of the breed standard; or education or veterinary care professionals who will carry new knowledge into their practice, benefiting our breed far into the future.
To apply for a Rachel Page Elliott Educational Grant: send a narrative proposal, including the audience of the project, funding needs, expense projections, and intended outcomes to the GRF. The primary purpose of the grant must be to provide education about Golden Retrievers.
(Reprinted from Golden Retriever News, Nov-Dec 2005)
Rachel Page Elliott, author of Dogsteps, champion of sound structure in motion, and mentor to lovers of Golden Retrievers and dogs of every breed, walked into the Gala event of the 2005 National Specialty never guessing anything was afoot. About 1,000 of her friends and colleagues had kept the secret regarding the establishment of the Rachel Page Elliott Educational Fund.
The fund started with an idea from Betty Gay and Marcia Schlehr, judges, long-time GRCA members, multiple-term Board members, and leaders in breed education. The GRCA Board embraced the idea and proposed the fund to the GRF, pledging $5,000 of the $25,000 needed to launch it. In just a few months, a quiet fund raising effort headed by Joy Viola, GRF Director of Development, raised the remaining $20,000.
The next challenge was figuring out how to get Pagey to the Gala without spilling the secret. Did she become suspicious when her friends and family coaxed her from her home in MA to the National in Gettysburg, PA?
“Well, no, I really didn’t,” she said. “I couldn’t believe I was being urged to go because I thought, what else could they do? They’ve already honored me every way they could. I decided they wanted me there because the Red Dog Challenge was such a big deal and they wanted my presence.”
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