Today, Tuesday, November 27, 2018 marks the beginning of the season of giving. According to #GivingTuesday’s official website, today is a global day of giving “fueled by the power of social media and collaboration”. #GivingTuesday is celebrated annually on the Tuesday following the widely celebrated holidays of Thanksgiving, Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday, and puts a focus on giving back after receiving so much. It’s expected this year that #GivingTuesday will bring over 2,500,000 gifts and over $300 million to charitable organizations, and over 150 countries are predicted to be participating. As a whole, we at the World Equestrian Center feel strongly about giving back to the community. We partner with many non-profit organizations around the country, and we would like to take a moment to highlight those near and dear to our hearts.
Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts Presence at World Equestrian Center
“Scouting is adventure, family, fun, character, leadership and so much more. In Scouting, boys and girls start with their best right now selves and grow into their very best future selves. It’s fun, hands-on learning and achievement that puts kids in the middle of the action and prepares them for today – and for life.” – Boy Scouts of America
The Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts have donned the halls of the World Equestrian Center on numerous occasions, selling popcorn and cookies, helping their troops gain entrepreneurial skills along with key leadership skills like teamwork, planning, and a positive outlook.
Cincinnati Therapeutic Riding and Horsemanship
“We serve children and adults with disabilities and unique challenges. We help them to achieve a greater quality of life through equine-assisted activities and therapies.” – Cincinnati Therapeutic Riding and Horsemanship
During our 2018 WEC Fall Classic show in late October, Cincinnati Therapeutic Riding and Horsemanship (CTRH) joined us in the Sanctuary arena with their two miniature horses, Graham Cracker and Tater Tot, who manned the “kissing booth” to support CTRH, where donations were collected for their annual event.
Dayton Children’s Hospital Toy Drive in Honor of Brooklyn Sims
Want to get involved in #GivingTuesday this week? World Equestrian Center is hosting the second annual Toy Drive for Dayton Children’s Hospital in honor of Brooklyn sims both this week and next week. To participate in the Toy Drive, bring a new, unwrapped toy to the horse show and drop it in the Toy Drive Drop Off box, located in Vendor Village by Dark Horse Coffee Co.
Danny & Ron’s Rescue
“Danny & Ron’s Rescue speaks for helpless animals that have no voice. We began our rescue mission in 2005 after Hurricane Katrina by aiding dogs that were left homeless by the storm. Since then, our outreach has grown to heights we never imagined. Now we are rescuing puppy mill dogs, bait dogs used in dog-fighting, and hundreds of dogs from shelters—often moments away from euthanasia. We currently deliver pet food and supplies to more than 48 elderly people living in poverty—and pay for their dogs’ medical bills, too. We have rescued dogs from junkyards and shelters, freed animals chained to trees and living in small cages, and saved abandoned pets living on the streets.” – Danny & Ron’s Rescue
In the Fall 2018 Issue of World Equestrian Center Magazine, an entire ad page was reserved for Danny & Ron’s Rescue. Danny & Ron’s Rescue marketing material has also been distributed throughout the World Equestrian Center.
Eyes of Freedom: Lima Company Memorial
During the WEC Invitational in late October of both 2017 and 2018, Eyes of Freedom: Lima Company Memorial has set up a moving display on site at the World Equestrian Center of life-sized portraits of the fallen Marines and Navy Corpsman of Lima Company. While the portraits themselves honor 23 specific men, with their boots at the foot of each portrait, the Memorial, delivered by R+L Carriers, honors the thousands of men and women who have given their lives and served our Nation.
Hope House Clothing Drive
“Wilmington Hope House: A Safe place for Women and Children is a Christian, faith-based, non-profit emergency, drop-in, stay-safe-sleep-space for women and children experiencing homelessness in Clinton county, OH and surrounding areas.” – Wilmington Hope House
In the Winter of 2017, World Equestrian Center collected clothing and blankets for Wilmington Hope House to assist those in need during the Winter months.
Hurricane Harvey Equine Disaster Relief Efforts in Conjunction with R+L Carriers
In the Fall of 2017 following the devastation Hurricane Harvey left behind in Texas, World Equestrian Center in conjunction with R+L Carriers participated in equine disaster relief initiatives coordinated by Sugar Run Farm.
Spikes K9 Fund
In the Summer 2018 Issue of World Equestrian Center Magazine, an entire ad page was reserved for Spikes K9 Fund. Spikes K9 Fund has also held demonstrations at the World Equestrian center, showing the every-day work of police dogs. At the demonstrations, Spikes K9 Fund merchandise was sold, benefiting the non-profit.
Therapeutic Riding Institute
In June of 2017, Therapeutic Riding Institute visited the World Equestrian Center to stick horse to judge a “design a stick horse” competition, and manned an information table at the ingate, taking donations to benefit the organization. World Equestrian Center has also donated blue ribbons for Therapeutic Riding Institute shows.
United Way of Clinton County Dirt Bike Raffle
In March of 2018, World equestrian Center sold raffle tickets to raffle off a WEC dirt bike. All proceeds benefited the Untied Way of Clinton County.
Wilmington College Collaborations
Whether hiring students or extending invitations to events, World Equestrian Center has works continuously with Wilmington College to ensure that our impact on our local community is strong.
Wilmington High School – CMH Hoofless Derby 5k at World Equestrian Center
“Wilmington High School is an outstanding place for students from diverse backgrounds to grow educationally, get involved, and have a meaningful high school experience.” – Dr. Matthew C. Unger, Principal, Wilmington High School
In August of 2018, World Equestrian Center hosted our first 5k, benefiting the Wilmington High School Cross Country Team. The “CMH Hoofless Derby 5k” raised over $3000 for the Wilmington High School Cross Country Team, enabling the purchase of new uniforms for the 2018 season.
Embrace the mantra, “Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.” Giving is not about how much you give, it is about doing something selfless for the sake of others. Giving does not have to be monetary, simply offering your time can be truly life changing to those in need. Find your own path to giving this Holiday season; as one, we can make a small impact, but together, we just might change the world.