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Aug 21 2014

Charleston Area Therapeutic Riding Receives $5,000 Grant From PetSmart

 

By Jennifer Tuohy for The Island Connection

Photos by Nancy Secoy

Left to right: John David Williams, Dustin Massey, Murray Neale (CATR Executive Director), Rory Whitten, Lori Browne, Jason Moritz, Sharon Smith, David Kilstrom, Jeff Bagwell, Mason Scott (CATR Board Member), Shane Jackson, David Williams, Robert Bennett (CATR Student), Amanda Gerald (CATR Philanthropy Director), and Brenda Lewis(CATR Veterans Program Liaison).

Left to right: John David Williams, Dustin Massey, Murray Neale (CATR Executive Director), Rory Whitten, Lori Browne, Jason Moritz, Sharon Smith, David Kilstrom, Jeff Bagwell, Mason Scott (CATR Board Member), Shane Jackson, David Williams, Robert Bennett (CATR Student), Amanda Gerald (CATR Philanthropy Director), and Brenda Lewis(CATR Veterans Program Liaison).

On July 29, 2014 PetSmart presented a check for $5,000 to Charleston Area Therapeutic Riding at the Brickhouse Equestrian Center. The grant money will be split between Charleston Area Therapeutic Riding’s Scholarship Program and Veterans Program. CATR improves the lives of children and adults with disabilities at the area’s oldest nationally accredited therapeutic horseback riding center.

Murray Neale (CATR Executive Director) and horse "Sweet Girl."

Murray Neale (CATR Executive Director) and horse “Sweet Girl.”

Everyone at CATR is extremely grateful to PetSmart for helping us serve more individuals who can progress and achieve personal goals with the help of equine assisted activities and therapies,” Amanda Gerald, Philanthropy Director, said. “CATR strives to provide services to all who can benefit. We charge a minimal fee representing one third of the actual cost, but depending on individual circumstances, some students may pay less or nothing at all. The difference is made up with CATR’s Scholarship Program that is funded by generous supporters in the community like PetSmart.”

Sharon Smith (PetSmart representative) and "Sweet Girl."

Sharon Smith (PetSmart representative) and “Sweet Girl.”

CATR anticipates serving 140 individuals including children, adults and wounded military veterans within the next 12 months.

Melissa Weir (CATR Instructor), Robert Bennett (CATR) Student, Murray Neale and "Sweet Girl."

Melissa Weir (CATR Instructor), Robert Bennett (CATR) Student, Murray Neale and “Sweet Girl.”

PetSmart will provide this charitable donation through its PetSmart Gives Back initiative. This initiative focuses on giving back to local communities throughout the nation in support of organizations that enrich people’s lives through the power of pets.

Lori Browne (PetSmart Representative), Sharon Smith (PetSmart), Rori Whitten (PetSmart)  and "Sweet Girl."

Lori Browne (PetSmart Representative), Sharon Smith (PetSmart), Rori Whitten (PetSmart) and “Sweet Girl.”

As a PetSmart District Manager, one of the reasons I’m so proud to be a part of this company is due to the value we place on our communities. It is critical for us to be an active community member to help support the powerful relationship that pets and pet parents build together. PetSmart is honored to call Charleston Area Therapeutic Riding our partners,” Jason Moritz, District Manager with PetSmart, said.

PetSmart will provide this charitable donation through its PetSmart Gives Back initiative.

PetSmart will provide this charitable donation through its PetSmart Gives Back initiative.

 

 

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