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July 16, 2013

Therapeutic riding center gets $1,000 contribution

Rainbow Center Executive Director Debi Alexander receives the check from the foundation’s Leslie Wise.
The Blue Ridge Orthopaedic Foundation has donated the remaining $1,000 of proceeds from its Bodies in Motion 5k and 10k to the Rainbow Therapeutic Riding Center.

The Rainbow Center is a nonprofit equine therapy program for children and adults with physical, mental and emotional challenges. Registered therapists, certified instructors and volunteers work together to develop lesson plans tailored individual needs.

Established in 1985, the center near Haymarket serves students from Prince William, Fauquier, Fairfax, and Loudoun counties.

Debi Alexander, executive director of the Rainbow Center, invited Leslie Wise, executive director of BROF, for a tour.

“I saw firsthand how equine therapy benefits so many people in different ways,”
Mrs. Wise said. “I watched a 15-year-old girl who had suffered a brain tumor regain her physical strength and her confidence through her participation with the
Rainbow Center. This is a truly reputable organization, and we’d like to see its student population endure.”

The foundation’s donation will help the Rainbow Center do just that.

“BROF’s gift will go a long way in helping students experience therapy and learning that is fun,” Ms. Alexander said. “A percentage of the students we serve are residents of Fauquier County, and a number of them depend on scholarships. Thanks to this generous donation, we can now offer these students the opportunity to continue riding.”

Ms. Wise added: “By donating and bringing awareness to this riding center, we hope to generate interest in its Wounded Warrior and summer camp programs.”

As BROF wraps up its 2013 fundraising campaign, which donated $15,000 to local charities, planning has already begun for the 2014 Bodies in Motion event.
Ms. Wise said she looks forward to broadening the scope of nonprofit fundraiser recipients.

Blue Ridge Orthopaedic and Spine Center established the foundation to provide financial support to as many local nonprofit organizations as possible. It has provided funds to Fauquier Habitat for Humanity, the Fauquier Free Clinic, the Boys & Girls Club of Fauquier, Fauquier Food Bank, People Helping People and other certified 501(c)(3) organizations.
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LivingInLeftField · August 8, 2013 at 3:48 pm
As the mom of one Rainbow's riders, I can't thank BROF enough for their generous donation. In the two years my son has been riding, we've seen massive improvements that other therapies just couldn't provide for him. It has been a relief to find something he naturally excels at, something he is just naturally good with. Everything he seems unable to do on his two feet, he can do either on a horse, or in the ring with one. The passion, compassion, and love that comes not only from the board, the instructors and staff, and the volunteers, but also from the horses--it really does our family good! Thank you, BROF, for giving these kiddos of ours a helping hand, and helping Rainbow be able to continue their awesome, beautiful work.
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