To the Editor:
Hundreds of supporters enjoyed bowling, pizza, a silent auction, face painting, cupcakes and an exciting 50/50 raffle at the second annual HorsePower Therapeutic Riding Big Bowling Fundraiser.
The gathering of the HorsePower community was as much fun as it was highly beneficial to the continuing operations of our equine therapy program. In every way, HP shined Jan. 18. It was a day to celebrate friendships, award our students with a trophy ceremony and raise funds to further our mission.
Together, we far exceeded our goal, raising over $22,000! Our lucky first-place 50/50 raffle winner, Roger Fronek, won $4,675! The biggest winner of the day was HorsePower in the support generated for the program through the outpouring of generous donations.
As a 501(c)3 nonprofit, our dream to “turn no student away for inability to pay” is secure. HorsePower serves approximately 35 adults and children with physical, cognitive, developmental and emotional disabilities through therapeutic riding and carriage driving programs. We could not accomplish our mission without your strong financial support and the dedication of over 80 community volunteers who teach, lead horses, sidewalk and assist in support and administrative functions.
Special thanks to Elburn Police Chief Steve Smith and the Illinois Council of Police for sponsoring our 50/50 raffle, and to St. Charles Bowl for hosting the event. Eric Kroehnert ensured the success of the raffle, selling the most raffle tickets – 187! Jenn Brown coordinated an amazing silent auction. Cheri Gilson created a beautiful calendar that was well supported by corporate sponsors. Kris Dunteman coordinated a gorgeous cupcake table that was enjoyed by all. We also want to thank Arlene Hughes for donating her tremendous face-painting talents. Lastly, Meredith Milz worked for months creating blue and white rubber band bracelets that she sold at the event. Her bracelets raised $122 for HP in an effort to help the program that helps her sister, Bekah.
You did an amazing job, everyone! Together we can continue to harness the healing power of the horse in a way that is both unique and effective for these adults and kids who make tremendous strides with their equine partners. Good work. I wish to extend a sincere thank you from all of us at HorsePower!
Chairman of the HorsePower Board of Directors