Captain Jason Haag and service dog Axel greeted guests at the Renaissance Dupont Hotel Wednesday evening for a special reception to introduce DC to the K9s For Warriors organization and kick-off a series of events that will culminate in a fundraising Gala for the organization later this year.
Lilly Harris, Kenneth Suarez, Mark Vargas, Andrew Stein, Lauren Culbertson and Dr. Katy J. Nelson were among the attendees who packed the hotel’s lounge to listen to beats by DJ Donald Syriani, enjoy cocktails and small bites and hear more about the non-profit organization dedicated to providing service canines to warriors suffering from post-traumatic stress.
“That’s what $10,000 gets you,” joked Haag about the cost of training a service dog for this type of work as Axel paid little attention to the growing crowd — all wanting to know more about his role in helping the Captain. “But really, if it weren’t for Axel, I know I’d be six feet under right now.”
That’s what $10,000 gets you.