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Athletes Helping Athletes supports Ivy Hill!

Athletes Helping Athletes, Inc. has presented Ivy Hill Therapeutic Equestrian Center with a check to support its programs for special needs children and adults.

The power of participation was on full display on March 16 at the Ivy Hill equestrian facility when Board members from Athletes Helping Athletes presented their check supporting Ivy Hill’s equine therapy programs.

Athletes Helping Athletes (AHA) betters the lives of all athletes by funding organizations that provide specific opportunities for special needs athletes throughout Bucks County and surrounding areas. They also increase awareness and community support through inclusion in local athletic functions and offer extra-curricular events and activities for athletes and coaches to share their experiences as well as their love of sport.

“Athletes Helping Athletes is a big part of the LOVE in our equation Horses + Love = Hope,” said Laura Strausser, Ivy Hill’s Executive Director.Athletes Helping Athletes

Ivy Hill Foundation, Inc., dba Ivy Hill Therapeutic Equestrian Center (Ivy Hill) is a community-based non-profit 501 (c)(3) located in Perkasie, PA.  Ivy Hill’s mission is to create therapeutic programs for individuals with cognitive, physical, emotional, behavioral and psychological needs utilizing the equine experience.

The Ivy Hill Therapeutic Equestrian Center is a community-based nonprofit located in Perkasie, PA.  They are currently serving 153 program riders with 15 therapy horses, 32 staff members and 168 volunteers, who have contributed 7,674 volunteer hours in 2018.  In addition to equine-assisted activities, Ivy Hill collaborates with several community partners to provide job training through specialized programs dedicated to an exponentially growing special needs population.

Newman’s Own Foundation $500k Holiday Challenge!!!

Ivy Hill is super excited to let you know that we’re part of an amazing campaign called the Newman’s Own Foundation $500k Holiday Challenge, a friendly fundraising competition where organizations compete to raise the most money for their cause throughout the holiday season.

We’re looking for our supporters to give as much as they can so we can win the grand prize of $150,000. And to help, each week there are Bonus Challenges which are opportunities to raise even more money and win extra cash for the cause.

For every $500 raised online by our organization between November 21st at 12pm ET and November 28th at 11:59:59pm ET, Ivy Hill will be entered for a chance to win $2,500. There will be 1 winner each day for a total of 8 winners.

If you want to go a step further and join our fundraising team, that would be even more incredible. Imagine the money we could raise together if you reached out to your network about our cause. To donate or to join the fundraising team, please  CLICK HERE.

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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.


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.