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Sophia Boquist recieves Congressional Award!

Ivy Hill Volunteer Receives Congressional Award

PERKASIE: Sophia Boquist, 9th grader at Unami Middle School student and Doylestown resident, received the Congressional Award Bronze Medal on December 21, 2016, by Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick in his Lansdale office.

Sophia has been a dedicated volunteer at Ivy Hill Therapeutic Equestrian Center in Perkasie since October 2015, and has been persistently working through different achievement levels of the award since then. Fitzpatrick recognized Sophia for her efforts in personal development, physical fitness and volunteering in our community.  In addition to her other achievements, Sophia has logged nearly 150 hours volunteering at Ivy Hill. She has completed the requirements for her Silver Medal award and is now working toward the Gold.

In addition to volunteering, Boquist is interested in United States history, is active in Girls Scouts and the co-ed venturing program of the Boy Scouts, plays piano with the Unami String Ensemble and is a member of the C. B. West swim team.

For the Boquist family, volunteering at Ivy Hill is a family affair.  “We are blessed to have Sophia and her family as part of the Ivy Hill family of volunteers,” said Executive Director Donna Carlson.

“Our volunteers are the heart of Ivy Hill and work as a team with our instructors and staff to provide the best care and service to our riders, horses, facility and grounds,” Carlson added.

Sophia’s father is retired U. S. Air Force pilot Col. Rob Boquist, who also is an Ivy Hill volunteer, along with her mother Rebecca, a free-lance copy editor and brother Quinn, a 6th grader at Mill Creek Elementary School and Boy Scout. The family lives in Doylestown with their cat, Scout.

“The whole family is involved in our community through scouting and Ivy Hill,” said Col. Boquist.

“We put into practice the spirit of volunteering to help lift up and improve our whole community,” Boquist added.

The mission of Ivy Hill Foundation is to create therapeutic programs for individuals with cognitive, physical, emotional, behavioral and psychological needs utilizing the equine experience. To volunteer at Ivy Hill, sponsor a horse or a rider at Ivy Hill Therapeutic Equestrian Center, to make a donation or for more information, visit our website at www.ivyhillequestrian.org.

Congressional Award

Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick presents Sophia Boquist of Doylestown with her Congressional Award Bronze Medal on December 21, 2016.

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Univest donates $1140 to Ivy Hill during 140 Forward Initiative

SOUDERTON, Pa., June 8, 2016 – Since 1876, Univest has been dedicated to supporting the neighborhoods it serves and living out its core value of “community.” This month, as it celebrates its 140th anniversary, Univest will make a $1,140 donation each week chosen from stories submitted by Univest employees. The initiative, called 140 Forward, asked Univest employees how they would use $1,140 to pay it forward. From the employee submissions, five recipients were selected representing causes throughout the Univest service area of Montgomery, Bucks, Chester, Lehigh and Philadelphia counties.

This month’s second recipient of the $1,140 donation is Ivy Hill Therapeutic Equestrian Center located in Perkasie, Bucks County. The center creates therapeutic programs for individuals with cognitive, physical, emotional, behavioral and psychological needs utilizing the equine experience. It functions on the simple equation that horses + love = hope. Founded in 1999, Ivy Hill currently serves more than 170 riders with 15 therapy horses, 22 staff members and 100 volunteers.  To learn more about Ivy Hill Therapeutic Equestrian Center or make a donation, visit www.ivyhillequestrian.org.

Janet Whitehead, Univest’s assistant director of Human Resources, and Univest employee, Karen Strychowski, present a check for $1,140 to Megan Hance, program director, Ivy Hill Therapeutic Equestrian Center, and Chris Brockett, president and CEO, Ivy Hill Therapeutic Equestrian Center. They are joined by riders Abby, Alex, Aleena, Aaron and therapy pony, Pebbles. Univest is celebrating its 140th anniversary with the “140 Forward” initiative which awards $1,140 each week of June to a recipient selected from employee nominations.  Ivy Hill 6.10.16

About Univest Corporation

Univest Corporation of Pennsylvania (UVSP), including its wholly-owned subsidiary, Univest Bank and Trust Co., has $2.8 billion in assets and $3.1 billion in assets under management and supervision through its Wealth Management lines of business. Headquartered in Souderton, Pa. and founded in 1876, the Corporation and its subsidiaries provide a full range of financial solutions for individuals, businesses, municipalities and nonprofit organizations in the Mid-Atlantic Region. Univest delivers these services through a network of more than 50 offices in southeastern Pennsylvania extending to the Lehigh Valley, Maryland and online at www.univest.net.

AHA Visits Ivy Hill with Program Donation

 

PERKASIE:  Shannon Brennan and Steven Siliani of Athletes Helping Athletes, Inc. presented Ivy Hill Therapeutic Equestrian Center with a check for $5000 to support its programs for disabled children and adults on Monday, May 16, at its Mill Road location.

“It was great to come out and tour this beautiful facility, meet the staff and see the riders and program in action,” said Brennan.

“We are proud to support Ivy Hill, and we loved meeting the horses,” added Siliani.

Athletes Helping Athletes Inc. exists to provide both financial support through fund-raising for Special Olympics and Special Needs Programs throughout Bucks County and the surrounding area.

“Shannon and Steve both represent Athletes Helping Athletes well, and they both LOVE horses and also love what Ivy Hill does for the special riders,” said AHA President Rick Leonetti.

Brennan and Siliani toured the facility, met with instructors, riders and parents, and learned of Ivy Hill’s history and programs that provide competitive opportunity and development of sportsmanship through their therapeutic riding programs.

“For all of us that put or heart and soul into Ivy Hill’s mission, I want to thank Rick, Shannon and Steve, and everyone involved with AHA for their continuing support,” said Ivy Hill Foundation President Chris Brockett.

“AHA is great example of the passion that it takes to change attitudes and, ultimately, the world in which we live. We hope we contribute to that enlightenment,” Brockett said.

The mission of Ivy Hill Foundation is to create therapeutic programs for individuals with cognitive, physical, emotional, behavioral and psychological needs utilizing the equine experience.

To sponsor a horse or a rider at Ivy Hill Therapeutic Equestrian Center, to make a donation or for more information, visit their website at www.ivyhillequestrian.org, or contact Development Director Donna Carlson at dcarlson@ivyhillequestrian.org.

AHA photo

Left to right: Steve Siliani and Shannon Brennan, Athletes Helping Athletes; Lynne Brockett and Amy Herrmann, Ivy Hill Foundation, Inc. Board of Directors; Chris T. Brockett, Ivy Hill Foundation, Inc. President and CEO.

GENUARDI FAMILY FOUNDATION AWARDS GRANT TO IVY HILL

Ivy Hill Therapeutic Equestrian Center received a $4000 grant from the Genuardi Family Foundation to support equine-assisted activities. The Pieces of Freedom Program Grant, which focuses on therapeutic offerings for riders with moderate to severe autism, was awarded as part of the Genuardi Family Foundation’s 2016 Core Grant Cycle.

“On behalf of the Board of Directors and staff of the Genuardi Family Foundation, we are proud to partner with your organization, and support its important work,” read the award notification from Meredith A. Huffman, Executive Director of the Genuardi Family Foundation.

Since 2001, the Genuardi Family Foundation supports non-profit providers of direct service whose work supports their core values of Family, Community, Hard Work, Generosity, Accessibility and Responsiveness, and Humility.

“Our equine-assisted activities work because individuals and organizations like the Genuardi Family Foundation have made a commitment to support the development of healthy individuals,” said Ivy Hill President and CEO Chris Brockett.

“That enables us to fulfill our mission: to create therapeutic programs for individuals with cognitive, physical, emotional, behavioral and psychological needs utilizing the equine experience.“

“We are proud to have the Genuardi Family Foundation as a partner in our work,” Brockett said.

Joe Mason Podcast with Ivy Hill!

The Ivy Hill Therapeutic Equestrian Center in Perkasie pairs horses with people who need a little help. Donna Carlson, Development Director of the center, talks about success stories with the nonprofit,  explains why she got involved with them, and details the great experiences she’s had since coming on-board.       ivyhillequestrian.org

http://www.buckscountycouriertimes.com/blogs/joe-mason/podcasts/joe-mason-podcast-with-donna-carlson-ivy-hill-therapeutic-equestrian/html_49e89cc7-d5f7-519c-b488-d1a6370c7a82.html