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North Penn High School Donates To Ivy Hill

North Penn High School seniors’ Junior Achievement Economics in Practice class celebrated their success on Thursday, June 4th with a pizza party, cupcakes and a check presentation to Ivy Hill Therapeutic Equestrian Center.

Ken McLarnon has been teaching the JA class for eighteen years, and expressed pride in his class’s effort.

“They are responsible for the product, production method, marketing, IPO and sales,” stated McLarnon.

“They learn to run a small business, and help a local non-profit in the process.”

The class of 25 students presented representatives of Ivy Hill Therapeutic Equestrian Center with a check for $1000 to help fund equine programs that benefit children and adults with special needs in Bucks, Montgomery, Lehigh and Philadelphia counties.

Ivy Hill board member Grace Emmell-Leister, a retired teacher and former administrator at North Penn, congratulated the class and thanked them for the donation.

“Our riders and families thank you, our horses thank you and I thank you,” said Leister.

Nele Kanzer, an exchange student from Salzgitter, Germany, sold 21 cups and 9 bucket hats to win the top prize in sales. She was presented with a check for $100 and an Ivy Hill t-shirt by McLarnon and Leister.

“The students really came together to help raise money for Ivy Hill,” said McLarnon.

“It’s really great to see their enthusiasm grow as the sales went on.”

Founded in 1919, Junior Achievement is an after-school program where teens form student companies, sell stocks, produce a product and sell it in their communities. Volunteer advisers from the business community oversee the student companies. Students develop an understanding of economic principles that prepare them for college learning and future employment.NP Email Large

The mission of Ivy Hill Foundation is to utilize the equine experience in building pathways for personal growth, in strengthening supporting relationships and in broadening community involvement for individuals with special needs.To 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, or contact development director Donna Carlson at dcarlson@ivyhillequestrian.org.


Sean O’Brien, 18, of Sellersville and Kourtney Stradling, 14, of Hatfield represented Ivy Hill Therapeutic Equestrian Center at the Devon Horse Show on Sunday, May 24. Riders qualified after competing at Thorncroft Equestrian Center Spring Show held in Malvern on Saturday.

Both O’Brien and Stradling competed in the areas of Dressage, Equitation and Trail Riding, accumulating enough points to win awards and compete at the Devon show. In total, twelve riders represented Ivy Hill at Thorncroft’s HRD 2015.

“Sean was awarded Stephanie Bennett Perpetual Trophy, and Kourtney won the Thorncroft Perpetual Trophy and Brushwood Challenge Trophy at Thorncroft on Saturday,” said Ivy Hill’s Program Director Megan Hance.

O’Brien went on to claim the Hope Montgomery Scott Perpetual Memorial Trophy as Grand Champion, as Stradling won Reserve Champion in the competition at Devon on Sunday.

“We are so proud of them both, and congratulate all our riders who competed this weekend,” said Hance.

Janna Herrmann Pitak is Ivy Hill’s Horse Care Director, who along with Hance shares the special job of acting as O’Brien’s riding instructor. She took special pride in Sean’s accomplishment on Sunday.

“I’m so proud of SSean Devonean for winning the therapeutic division at Devon and becoming 2015’s Hope Montgomery Scott Grand Champion,” said Pitak.
“I truly cannot think of a more deserving equestrian,” she added.

A rider with Ivy Hill since the age of 9, O’Brien has been competing since his first appearance at Special Olympics at Penn State in 2006. He will be attending Susquehanna University in the fall. His goal is to become a biology major.

Stradling, a stuKourtneydent at Commonwealth Connection Academy was riding in her first Thorncroft event and only her fourth competition overall. She dreams of a career as a horse photographer.

Since 1980, the Handicapped Riders Division of the Devon Horse Show at Thorncroft Equestrian Center has been setting a standard for excellence and inclusion for over 175 disabled riders with competitions in dressage, equitation, and trail class.

Since 1999, Ivy Hill Therapeutic Equestrian Center has been providing equine-assisted activities and therapies for special needs children and adults in Bucks, Montgomery, Lehigh and Philadelphia counties.

The mission of Ivy Hill Foundation is to utilize the equine experience in building pathways for personal growth, in strengthening supporting relationships and in broadening community involvement for individuals with special needs. Ivy Hill Therapeutic Equestrian Center is located at 1811 Mill Road in Perkasie. To sponsor a horse or a rider, to make a donation or for more information, visit our website at www.ivyhillequestrian.org.

Thank you to KCI Servants Heart Foundation!

Stacey Van Pelt, of KCI Servant’s Heart Foundation, presented the Ivy Hill Foundation with a check for $4,500 on April 26th , 2015.

Ms. Van Pelt and KCI Servant’s Heart have been long-time supporters of Ivy Hill’s inclusion summer camp, which emphasizes acceptance, teamwork and fun. The grant will fund participants of the summer camp program as well as provide new and updates materials for the summer’s scheduled activities.  Ivy Hill thanks Stacey Van Pelt and KCI Servant’s Heart for being part of the equation: Horses + Love = Hope!


Pictured left to right : Laura Brockett-Strausser, Fundraising Director, Ivy Hill Foundation; Stacey Van Pelt, KCI Servant’s Heart; Chris Brockett, President, Ivy Hill Foundation; Ashley Dufrane, Ivy Hill Instructor.


Rotary awards $3000 for Summer Camp

Rotary Club of Doylestown Honors Ivy Hill for Service to Community at 6th Annual Four-Way Test Breakfast

$3000 awarded for Ivy Hill Summer Camp

 DOYLESTOWN, Pa – The Rotary Club of Doylestown honored Ivy Hill as a grant recipient along other nine other community organizations at its 6th Annual Four-Way Test Breakfast on Wednesday, April 29, 2015, at the Doylestown Country Club.

Representatives of ten local non-profit organizations received Rotary community grants to meet an outstanding need within the communities they serve. Along with Ivy Hill, the community grant recipients included: Doylestown Fire Co.; Shelter Box; Camp Discovery, Network of Victims’ Assistance (NOVA); Child, Home and Community; the Ted Lindeman Outreach Foundation; the Ivy Hill Foundation; and Tabor Children’s Services.

The Four-Way Test has been used by Rotarians for over sixty years as a guideline for moral and ethical standards in business, community and personal affairs. The Four Way test asks four questions of the things we think, say or do – Is it the Truth? Is it fair to all concerned? Will it build goodwill and better friendships? Will it be beneficial to all concerned?

For more information about the Rotary Club of Doylestown, visit www.doylestownrotary.org.

About the Doylestown Rotary:

The Rotary Club of Doylestown is a volunteer service organization whose 60 members donate their time and resources to help others locally and throughout the world. Founded in 1924, Doylestown Rotary meets weekly to practice “Service above Self”. Among its many community programs, the club sponsors scholarships for high school students, coordinates international exchange programs, provides volunteers for community events, and funds worthy local projects. The Doylestown Rotary strives to encourage and foster service as a basis of worthy enterprise. For more information visit www.doylestownrotary.org.

Editor’s Note:  Photo Captions (Photos are courtesy of the Rotary Club of Doylestown)

Rotary Grant Recipients:  Rotary Club of Doylestown awarded community grants totaling $20,000 to ten local organizations to expand their services or meet outstanding needs in the communities they serve.

Rotary Pictured (Front row,left to right): Mary Worthington, NOVA; Roe DeLuca, Child, Home and Community; Ellen Lindeman, Ted Lindeman Outreach Foundation; Donna Carlson, Ivy Hill Foundation; and Jonathan Solomons, Tabor Children’s Services.(Back row, left to right): Bill Cope, Doylestown Fire Co.; Tony Jennetta, past Rotary District Governor and Representative for Shelter Box; and Bob Duaime, Camp Discovery.

Ivy Hill at A-Day

Ivy Hill Therapeutic Equestrian Center attended A-Day weekend this past April 24, 25 & 26 at Delaware Valley University, spreading the word about Ivy Hill’s mission and programs for children and adults with special needs.

The booth wA Dayas manned by staff and volunteers, who handed out informational brochures, flyers, bracelets and balloons, and sold over 40 raffle tickets for our Yamaha Grizzly 350 4 x 4, 60 “ LED TV, and $500 cash prize.

Special thanks goes to Glenn and Amy Herrmann, Rick Carlson, Hillary Woronik, Ashley Dufrane, Tori Roberts, Megan, Ed and Alek Hance, Janna, Tim and Colton Pitak, and Debbie Knouse for manning the table, educating the public about our riders and horses, and proudly representing the Ivy Hill family.

AHA Makes Ivy Hill Donation


PERKASIE:  Rick Leonetti, Sr. and Don G. Lugg, President and Vice-President of Athletes Helping Athletes, Inc. presented Ivy Hill Foundation with a check for $5000 to support its equestrian programs for special needs children and adults on Wednesday, March 25th, at its new equestrian center located at 1811 Mill Road.

“It is our pleasure to make our donation every year to help support Ivy Hill and the wonderful program they run,” said Leonetti.

“Don and I were blown away by the size and structure of your beautiful new facility. It was incredible even on such a dreary, rainy, and cold day,” Leonetti said.

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.

“For all of us that put or heart and soul into Ivy Hill’s mission, I want to thank Rick, Don 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 Athletes Helping Athletes, Inc. is to connect local special needs athletes with mainstream student-athletes in a spirit of friendship for their mutual benefit and inspiration. To make a donation, or for more information, contact Rick Leonetti at info@aha-inc.com.

AHA Donation

Pictured: Megan Hance, Ivy Hill Program Director;  Ivy Hill Equestrian rider;  Don G. Lugg, AHA Vice-President; Chris Brockett, Ivy Hill President; Hillary Woronik, Ivy Hill Instructor.

Reed Technologies Volunteers!

Reed Technologies 2 email lg Brian Simpson and his crew from Reed Technologies descended on Ivy Hill Therapeutic Equestrian Center on a volunteer mission to sweep, clean, muck, haul and do whatever was needed to spruce up our barn and grounds.
Rocks were moved, fence pieces hauled, windows sparkled and horse stalls were mucked to perfection.
Full of enthusiasm for Ivy Hill’s riders and horses, Simpson and the crew expressed their love of the program and the new barn.
“We love coming to Ivy Hill,” said Simpson.Reed Technologies email lg
“This place is amazing – we all want to come back again this summer,” he added.
Reed Technology and Information Services Inc. (Reed Tech), based in Horsham, PA, is a leader in data capture, conversion and content management. The company encourages volunteerism and community involvement by giving employees the opportunity to donate hours of service to local non-profit organizations.

VNA Foundation of Greater North Penn Presents Grant to Ivy Hill

PERKASIE – Joanne Kline, Executive Director of the Visiting Nurses Foundation of Greater North Penn (VNA) presented the Ivy Hill Foundation with the 2015 Technology Mini-Grant in the amount VNA picof $2500 on February 20 at its new facility at 1811 Mill Road.

The grant will be used to create a new website for the Ivy Hill Foundation that will reflect Ivy Hill’s mission, vision and values, and also serve as a directory of educational and resource information for present and future riders, families and caregivers.

“The most important contribution of the website is that it allows us to become effective, compelling storytellers,” said Ivy Hill Foundation development director Donna Carlson.

“We have 160 stories to tell and we are so grateful to the VNA for this grant.”

The mission of the Visiting Nurse Foundation of Greater North Penn is to enhance the health and well-being of residents in local communities by contributing to those organizations which have the capacity to strengthen the lives of individuals and families along a continuum of need, with the goal of building stronger and healthier communities for generations to come.

“The VNA is delighted to partner with Ivy Hill and strengthen their efforts in the community they serve,” said Kline.

Since 1999, Ivy Hill has provided equine-assisted activities and therapeutic programs for children and adults with special needs as well as financial, social and emotional support for their families and caregivers. Services include therapeutic riding, hippotherapy, equine-facilitated learning and 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.

To sponsor a horse or a rider at Ivy Hill, or for donation opportunities, contact Development Director Donna Carlson at dcarlson@ivyhillequestrian.org , or visit our website www.ivyhillequestrian.org.

Maureen Arnold Named 2015 Volunteer of the Year

Maureen Arnold was honored for her services to Ivy Hill at the 3rd Annual Volunteer Recognition Event hosted by Bucks County YMCA on April 16, 2015 at the Warrington Country Club.

Arnold joined volunteers selected from 9 Bucks County non-profits, including the YMCA, NOVA, Doylestown Hospital and the United Way of Bucks County.

Maureen starting volunteering with us in July of 2014. After retiring from teaching she wanted to help volunteer with an organization to combine her love for animals and children. Since July she has spent 3 mornings a week volunteering with lessons at the barn. She has volunteered over 300 hours since starting her work with us, and we look forward to many more mornings with her.

“We thank Maureen for all of her hard work and dedication to the Ivy Hill community,” said Donna Carlson, Development Director.