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Puss In Boots makes a surprise visit

One of our colleagues at Allied Integrated Marketing in Scottsdale emailed an unusual request.

“Can Puss In Boots stop by the RAK office?” she wrote.

Um, well…

“Sure!” I responded. And then my heart sank. We’re pretty boring at our office. We make phone calls and stare at computer screens. It can be pretty quiet for long stretches of time. What in the world could we do to welcome a furry feline who is starring in his own animated film?

And then I remembered our neighbors at Cortney’s Place. Maybe they would enjoy a visit from Puss In Boots!

We share a wall with Cortney’s Place, which  provides educational and enrichment opportunities for physically and mentally challenged individuals who have aged out of the public school system.

The staff at Cortney’s Place thought it was a great idea. “Our students have been wanting to go see the movie when it comes out!” I was told. But they decided to keep it a surprise until the moment Puss In Boots showed up.

I’ll let Dan Friedman’s wonderful photos tell the rest of the story. But before I go, I want to put in a plug.

Cortney’s Place is planning to expand so it can accommodate more than 50 students. The organization relies on donations to meet this growing need and there is a golf tournament and dinner on Monday, Nov. 7 to raise funds. Find registration information here.