Emerald M Therapeutic Riding Center provides equine assisted therapies to children and adults with disabilities as well as Veteran's, their spouses, and Gold Star family members. As a small nonprofit, the impacts of COVID-19 have been significant. In response to the evolving guidelines suggested by the CDC and our governor, it truly saddened me to cancel all therapy sessions as of March 16th and we postponed our March 21st Healing Hearts through Horses retreat for Gold Star women.
Adding to these challenges, our major fundraising event Derby Day in Tampa Bay has been rescheduled from May 2nd 2020 to September 5th 2020 as determined by Churchill Downs. This schedule change forces us to cancel our fall fundraising Gala as the two events would be too close together.
I am reaching out to you to help us weather this storm. Our day to day expenses and operating budget remain without any offsetting revenue. Most importantly, our horses will continue to require the same level of care during this time. If you are in the position to help, it would be greatly appreciated. Many who know me, know the “ask” does not come easy and I recognize many of our supporters have their own small businesses or other personal challenges that have resulted from this pandemic. From the start of 2020 until this closure we provided 117 hippotherapy and therapeutic horseback riding sessions.
Know that when this challenge is past, we will be here once again to provide hope into the lives of people we serve, provide them with a renewed sense of self, and give them an opportunity for growth.
Please help us reach the $1,000 matched campaign and our larger goal for spring fundraising!