Islandia, NY - February 22, 2017 - Pal-O-Mine Equestrian, Inc., a private, not for profit organization providing a comprehensive therapeutic equine program using horses to facilitate growth, learning and healing for children and adults with disabilities, has received a $35,000 grant from the Ike, Molly & Steven Elias Foundation. The funds will be used to support a myriad of Pal-O-Mine’s innovative educational and training opportunities as well as their steadfast events over the course of the year. Upcoming events for this year include: BOCES and other schools Natural Horsemanship Horse Show, A Day at the Races Belmont Fundraiser, Par for the Horse Golf Outing, Long Island Invitational Show, EAGALA Training Fundamentals, 1st Annual Open House and the Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast.
“We are very fortunate to have individuals like Mr. Martin Elias to support our organization,” said Pal-O-Mine Equestrian founder and Executive Director Lisa Gatti. “All the events we sponsor and/or participate in help us build recognition for our programs with a wider group of individuals. The Ike, Molly & Steven Foundation grant will go a very long way in helping us to build heightened awareness and grow our community of Pal-O-Mine supporters.”
Founded in 1995 by Lisa Gatti, Pal-O-Mine is a private, not for profit organization providing a comprehensive therapeutic equine program using horses to facilitate growth, learning and healing for children and adults with disabilities, as well as those who have been abused or neglected, veterans and the economically compromised. Pal-O-Mine offers a broad range of programs and these programs are provided at Pal-O-Mine’s unique, fully accessible eight-acre facility in the Village of Islandia on Long Island, which encompasses: a 20-stall barn; indoor riding arena; adaptive equipment such as mounting ramps and customized tack; a dressage arena, a sensory integration track, outdoor lesson rings, and administrative offices. Pal-O-Mine currently has a herd of 20 therapy horses. The organization relies on grants and contributions from private citizens, foundations and businesses to help raise funds. Towards this goal, Pal-O-Mine has an “Adopt a Horse” program to help underwrite the $8,000 per horse per year expense it incurs, a Wish List for various items required to sustain its services, a Pave-It- Forward brick pavers purchase campaign, and various fundraising events such as its annual golf outing. For more information on Pal-O-Mine, visit: www.pal-o- mine.org
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