CHF Presents Bobby Christiansen with President’s Award


The AKC Canine Health Foundation (CHF) is pleased to announce that Mr. Bobby Christiansen of MB-F is the recipient of the 2013 President’s Award. This award, given annually to a person or organization that has made an exceptional contribution to advancing canine health, is selected by the Foundation’s Chairman, currently Dr. A. Duane Butherus. Mr. Christiansen will be presented with the award during CHF’s Cocktail Party fundraiser on Saturday, February 8, 2014 at the Affinia Manhattan, which is held in during the festivities leading up to the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.

Mr. Christiansen is President of MB-F, a leading business in producing and managing dog shows for the past 114 years. Through MB-F’s Star Dogs program more than $125,000 has been donated to CHF to help further canine health research. Star Dogs, begun in 2000 by the late Tom Crowe, allows people entering dog shows to add a $1.00 donation to their entry fee. These $1.00 donations are then given to CHF to help fund sound, scientific canine health research to prevent, treat, and cure canine diseases.

“It is a great honor to receive CHF’s President’s Award,” said Christiansen. “We are very proud of the Star Dogs program and the contributions we have made to CHF. The research they are doing not only benefits dogs, but there is crossover to human medicine as well.”

According to CHF Chairman Dr. Butherus, “The longstanding support from Bobby and MB-F has helped CHF spread its mission to help all dogs live longer, healthier lives. Not only does the Star Dogs program introduce people new to dog shows to the great work CHF is doing, but it also serves as a corporate model to others, emphasizing the importance of giving back.”

In addition to the Star Dogs program, MB-F is a stalwart supporter of the Foundation through public outreach efforts. The company often publicizes Foundation events on their popular website and provides other marketing resources as in-kind donations.

Past recipients of CHF’s President’s Award include Terence Block of Nestlé Purina, Louis Auslander of the International Kennel Club, the Bernese Mountain Dog Club of America, and the American Boxer Charitable Foundation. A full list of recipients can be found on the CHF website.

The permanent award, designed by Cavalier King Charles fancier and sculptress Janet York, is on display in the AKC Canine Health Foundation offices in Raleigh, North Carolina. 

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