The 2015 LoveWay Ride-A-Thon on Saturday, October 10th, had a great turnout. This was the 21st annual Ride-A-Thon for LoveWay. The Ride-A-Thon helps fund Loveway Inc., a non-profit organization in Middlebur. They offer therapeutic equestrian services for individuals with physical, mental and/or emotional disabilities. There were 116 riders at the event this year that brought their horses out to join the trail ride for a good cause. It was a beautiful day and even the weather cooperated!
The fun fair, bake sale, tack sale and trail ride all went off without a hitch. Participants even got to enjoy a pancake breakfast sponsored by the Elkhart Exchange Club. It seemed that everyone had a good time. LoveWay was able to raise $52,000 through the fundraiser.
Where does the money go that was raised? The funds benefit student scholarships. A majority of the riders at LoveWay come from area schools. The schools do not have to pay for the students to attend. Their contribution is transportation which can be costly when driving students back and forth for therapy sessions. Nearly 90% of LoveWay students rely on scholarships to receive their beneficial therapy. Without the support of the community and the fundraisers, many of the riders from schools wouldn't be able to participate at LoveWay.
It takes the support of the community for organizations like LoveWay to continue offering therapeutic services to the people who need them. A recent comment from LoveWay's director, Daryl Abbott, after the Derby Day fundraiser in May sheds light on just how much funds are required for rider scholarships:
“Derby Day was our most successful event to date and we are looking forward to our golf outing in August and Ride a Thon in October. Even with all of our fundraising successes, $100,000 is still needed every year to cover student rider scholarships. Thank you all for freely giving of yourselves so that our riders can experience the joys of riding. You are a blessing.”