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IVY HILL FOUNDATION, INC. HONORED AS 2017 TOP­‐RATED NONPROFIT

 GreatNonprofits.org Award is based on Positive Online Reviews

2017 Top-Rated Non-Profit (002)

 

Perkasie, PA – Ivy Hill Foundation, Inc., d/b/a Ivy Hill Therapeutic Equestrian Center announced today that it has been honored with a prestigious 2017 Top-­‐Rated Award by GreatNonprofits, the leading provider of user reviews about nonprofit organizations.

We are excited to be named a Top-­‐Rated 2017 Nonprofit,” says Chris Brockett, President & CEO, Ivy Hill Foundation, Inc. “We are proud of our accomplishments this year, especially our outreach program for seniors and our development of community collaborations. The Top-­‐Rated Nonprofit Award was based on the large number of positive reviews that Ivy Hill received – reviews written by volunteers, donors and clients. People posted about their personal experiences and relationships with Ivy Hill. For example, one parent wrote, “This therapeutic equestrian center has proven to be a God send. The instructors, the horses and everyone involved are just awesome, every day.”

While the Top-­‐Rated Awards run through the end of October, Ivy Hill Therapeutic Equestrian Center was part of the inaugural group to qualify for the year. In addition, Ivy Hill has been added to GreatNonprofits #GivingTuesday Guide—an interactive guide to top nonprofits throughout the years. Look for this near the holidays for an opportunity to support the program.

“Savvy donors want to see the impact of their donations more than ever,” said Perla Ni, CEO of GreatNonprofits, “People with direct experience with Ivy Hill Therapeutic Equestrian Center have voted that the organization is making a real difference.”

“Being on the Great Nonprofits Top-­‐Rated list gives donors and volunteers more confidence that this is a credible organization,” says Donna Carlson, Ivy Hill Foundation, Inc. Development Associate, “The reviews by volunteers, clients and other donors show the on-­‐the-­‐ground results of the impact Ivy Hill makes. This award reflects the recognition and appreciation of our community.”

 

About Ivy Hill: Since 1999, Ivy Hill has created therapeutic programs for individuals with cognitive, physical, emotional, behavioral and psychological needs utilizing the equine experience,

as well as providing financial, social and emotional support for their families and caregivers. Services include therapeutic riding, hippotherapy, Equine-Assisted Learning, mobile outreach and Inclusion Summer Camp. Ivy Hill also provides competition training for participation in Special Olympics, off-site competitions and Home Shows. Lessons are customized to the needs and goals of each individual rider.

 

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Media Contact:

Donna Carlson, RN, BS,     Ivy Hill Foundation, Inc. Development Associate, dcarlson@ivyhillequestrian.org, 215-822-2515

Ivy Hill Riders Triumphs in Harrisburg

Montgomery County Resident Wins in Equestrian Competition

 PERKASIE, PA – Briana Raquet, a 14-year old Ivy Hill rider from Harleysville took the Blue Ribbon for her performance in the Pennsylvania National Horse Show Foundation Friday Unassisted Therapy Championship Class on October 21.

Raquet, who has been riding at Ivy Hill since she was 5, was elated with her performance in Equitation on her Ivy Hill therapy horse Flash, a Norwegian Fjord.

Raquet“The Pennsylvania National Horse Show was an experience that I’ll never forget, thanks to my Ivy Hill Family,” said Raquet.

Raquet was one of two riders who successfully qualified for the Harrisburg competition by their performance at the Devon Horse Show this past summer. Raquet and Riley Powell, another Ivy Hill rider, excelled in their abilities on equitation, position and communication with their horses.

Renee DiDomenico, Raquet’s mother, credited her years at Ivy Hill for preparing her for this challenge and the challenges she faced every day.

“I am so grateful to Ivy Hill and her instructor Megan Hance for shaping her into the confident equestrian she has become,” said DiDomenico. “She started riding with Ivy Hill when she was only 5 and now, the barn has become part of her everyday life. When she is on the horses, she is confident and focused. We are so proud!”

For Briana Raquet, Ivy Hill has become a family affair. Her grandfather, Rick Pool, works at the barn and on the grounds and brings Briana to her weekly lessons and to the barn for her duties as a volunteer. He accompanied her to the horse show along with her Ivy Hill team.

“I had tears in my eyes when Briana won first place, given the challenges she has had since a young child of 5 years old riding at Ivy Hill.  None of this would have been possible without the dedication of the Ivy Hill family and horses at this wonderful facility,” said Rick Pool, Raquet’s grandfather.

About Ivy Hill: Since 1999, Ivy Hill has created therapeutic programs for individuals with cognitive, physical, emotional, behavioral and psychological needs utilizing the equine experience,

as well as providing financial, social and emotional support for their families and caregivers. Services include therapeutic riding, hippotherapy, Equine-Assisted Learning, mobile outreach and Inclusion Summer Camp. Ivy Hill also provides competition training for participation in Special Olympics, off-site competitions and Home Shows. Lessons are customized to the needs and goals of each individual rider.

For more information, to volunteer, or to donate to support Ivy Hill’s unique programs, visit www.ivyhillequestrian.org or call 215-822-2515.

Ivy Hill is a designated charitable organization of Thrivent Financial’s Choice Dollars Program!

We are pleased to announce that Ivy Hill Therapeutic Equestrian Center is now a designated charitable organization of Thrivent Financial’s Choice Dollars Program. Thrivent Financial “connects faith and finances for good.

ThriventIf you are an eligible Thrivent Financial member and have Choice Dollars® available to direct, please keep us in mind. For more info or to direct Choice Dollars, call 800-847-4836 and say “Thrivent Choice”  Or click here: http://bit.ly/XJrPZN.”

Halloween Bash on Oct 26, 2017, 6-8 pm

Ivy Hill Therapeutic Equestrian Center is proud to partner with Pritchard, Bieler, Gruver & Willison P.C. on their Halloween Bash  to provide those with special needs the opportunity to trick-or-treat in a fun and safe environment.  If you are interested in trick-or-treating, hosting a booth or becoming a sponsor please fill out and submit the registration form located at www.pbgwbash.com.

 

 

 

 

 

Ivy Hill Receives Widener Memorial Foundation and VNA Grant Awards

 PERKASIE, PA – Ivy Hill Therapeutic Equestrian Center, located at 1811 Mill Road in Hilltown Township, has received major grant  awards this summer from the Widener Memorial Foundation in Aid of Handicapped Children and The VNA Foundation of Greater North Penn totaling over $48,000.

The Widener Memorial Foundation grant for $31,161 will fund the installation of an elevator to the facility’s second floor, as well as expand and complete the outdoor Sensory Trail that will be used in Ivy Hill’s  equine-assisted activities and therapeutic programs. The elevator will provide access for children, families and visitors with mobility challenges to participate in all activities at the facility. A Sensory Trail Touch and Try activity station will feature sports inspired activities designed to help improve a rider’s balance, eye/hand and bilateral coordination, tactile and defensiveness cognition.   Grace Emmell-Leister,   Ivy Hill Foundation, Inc. Board of Directors member and author of the grant, spoke of the inclusion and accessibility that was essential for all participants in the program.

” We are delighted that the Widener Memorial Foundation funded the proposal for an elevator for access to the second-floor arts and music therapy sessions, and materials for the Sensory Trail at Ivy Hill Therapeutic Equestrian Center” said Emmell-Leister.  “These interactions are essential in the sometimes isolated world of a special needs child.”

Ivy Hill Foundation President and CEO Chris Brockett echoed those sentiments. “We are so grateful for this support from the Widener Memorial Foundation as it will allow us to expand the services we can offer to families with special needs children, our program participants and visitors to our facility “ said Brockett.

The VNA Foundation of Greater North Penn awarded Ivy Hill a $17,000 Behavioral Health Grant to create a collaborative partnership designed to achieve positive results with at-risk student populations from local school districts.

“The VNA Foundation values the important work done by Ivy Hill to partner within the community and improve the lives of so many”  said Executive Director Joanne Kline.

The goal of the partnership between Ivy Hill Therapeutic Equestrian Center and the Souderton Vantage Academy is to develop therapeutic and behavior management utilizing the equine experience, enabling students to seamlessly and successfully transition learned skills to their home schools, engage in the world around them, build confidence, restore trust and reduce emotional isolation.

This is a great new opportunity to allow students an opportunity to build connections with these special animals as well as grow their self-esteem and confidence,  said Director Megan Hance.   We look forward to this partnership this school year.

For the last 18 years, Ivy Hill Therapeutic Equestrian Center has remained focused on its Mission to create therapeutic programs for individuals with cognitive, physical, emotional, behavioral and psychological needs utilizing the equine experience.

To support Ivy Hill’s  programs, sponsor a horse or a rider, or volunteer at Hill Therapeutic Equestrian Center, or for more information, please visit www.ivyhillequestrian.org, or call 215-822-2515.

For More Information, please contact:

Donna Carlson

Ivy Hill Foundation, Inc., Media Coordinator

dcarlson@ivyhillequestrian.org  |  609-290-4450

Ivy Hill Welcomes Paris!

PERKASIE, PA – Ivy Hill Therapeutic Equestrian Center, located on Mill Road in Hilltown Township, became a winning recipient of a Gypsy Gift Horse from the Lex Lin Gypsy Ranch in Rockwood, Tennessee on July 11.Paris

Nominations for the Gift Horse came from PATH (Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship) premier accredited Equine-Assisted Activity and Therapy centers and center members nationwide. From April to June, the public was invited to vote for the therapeutic center of their choice on the Lex Lin Facebook page, with the top 20 centers winning the prize.

Ivy Hill Therapeutic Equestrian Center place 19th in the competition, finishing with 9,143 votes.

After the “Passing of the Lead” ceremony held at the Lex Lin Gypsy Ranch in Tennessee on July 23rd, Horse Care Director Janna Pitak and the staff of Ivy Hill welcomed Paris, an 8 year-old Gypsy Vanner, to the Ivy Hill stable of therapy horses.

“The Passing of the Lead ceremony was an unforgettable experience,” Said Pitak.

“Although a total value of $295,000 was placed on the horses donated this year, the true value of these horses will far exceed the monetary worth of Lex Lin’s generosity,” Pitak said.

After a long ride from the ranch at Rockwood, Tennessee, Paris came home to Ivy Hill on Tuesday, July 25.  Leading her off the trailer and onto the Ivy Hill grounds, Pitak echoed the joy and excitement of board members, staff, volunteers and participants on hand to greet Paris.

“Lex Lin said it best when they said her sweetness is almost tangible,” Said Pitak.

“She took the move in stride – such a brave and smart girl,” she added.

To sponsor an Ivy Hill horse, to volunteer, or for more information on how to support Ivy Hill’s programs, e-mail info@ivyhillequestrian.org, or call the facility at 215-822-2515, or visit the website at www.ivyhillequestrian.org.

For More Information, Please Contact:

Donna Carlson

Ivy Hill Foundation, Inc., Media Coordinator

dcarlson@ivyhillequestrian.org  |  215-822-2515

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.