PIQUA — Piqua United Way outgoing president Craig Barhorst kicked off a new tradition at the United Way members’ and fundraisers’ celebration at the Fort Piqua Hotel on March 6 by presenting Eagles’ Wings Stable, Inc. the 2014 President’s Award with a donation of $1,000.
“I truly believe in your mission and I hope this helps.” said Barhorst.
The celebration provided an opportunity for United Way agency members to display their programs and promote awareness among the individuals and local business who campaign to raise monies. It also served to celebrate the success of the campaigning efforts of the business who support the Piqua United Way.
Eagles’ Wings Stable is honored to be the first to receive the Presidents Award. Eagles’ Wings provides equine-assisted activities and therapeutic riding for children and adults including veterans throughout the northern Miami Valley. The $1,000 award will make a difference for individuals who struggle everyday with emotional and/or physical disabilities. It will be used to start a scholarship program for clients unable to cover the cost of a six- or 10-week session.
March has brought many blessings to Eagles’ Wings, including the presentation of a check for $250 from River Valley Credit Union and ABC22/FOX45 from their “Pay it Forward” campaign. Susan Montesano with River Valley Credit Union said, “Every year, we select from a list of agencies that have been nominated for the ‘Pay it Forward’ program. It is a chance for us to recognize and help promote agencies such as Eagles’ Wings who are making a difference within their communities.”
In addition, Chris Mulcahy with ABC22/FOX45 interviewed Eagles’ Wings Director Kelly Monnin for a segment to air April 23.
This is a great start for Eagles’ Wings’ 5th Annual Dinner and Auction on March 29 at the Miami Valley Centre Mall Banquet Hall. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., with dinner served at 6:30 p.m. The silent auction will be from 5:30-7 p.m. and the live auction begins at 7:45 p.m.
Auction items this year include an African Safari vacation package, Choose Your Hyatt in North America package (two people, four nights and airfare); Disney Hopper passes; Cincinnati Dinner Train package for two; Opry member and country music star Trace Adkins signed guitar and memorabilia; Opry members Riders in the Sky signed guitar and memorabilia; an autographed copy of “The Decoded” by Brad Meltzer, producer of the hit show “DeCoded” on the History Channel; ticket packages to destinations throughout Ohio; King’s Island day passes for two; a Date Night package; sports memorabilia, equine art, handmade quilts and more.
Tickets can be purchased by calling (937) 726-8532.
The funds raised by the dinner and auction will help support at-risk youth, Character Building, Horses for Heroes, community outreach and the Finding Your Way through Cancer program, as well as the equine therapy team.