CAMPAIGN TO BUILD THE Sally E. Morehouse Memorial Rehabilitation and Training Center
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Crane Mountain Valley Horse Rescue, Inc. is excited to announce that we are launching a capital campaign to build the Sally E. Morehouse Memorial Rehabilitation and Training Center. Page six of the Winter 2016/2017 issue of The Horse’s Voice (reprinted below) tells the heartwarming story of Sally and Buck, a very special horse. Sally’s courage and strength and the endearing relationship she and Buck shared at our farm, inspired us to turn our dream of having an indoor facility to heal broken bodies and broken souls in all seasons, into a reality. We invite you to join us.
Our campaign goal is $75,000. With thanks to the early leadership gifts from some amazing souls who share our vision – including one of Sally’s long-time friends and members of Sally’s family -- we are proud to announce that we are more than ½ there, with $55,000 raised as of December 1, 2016.
Your gift to the Sally E. Morehouse Memorial Rehabilitation and Training Center will enable us to be a facility that provides hope, healing and recovery in all seasons.
Your gift will help us build an indoor teaching and healing center. Other than equipment barns, stalls and run-in sheds for the horses, our facility is all “out of doors”. In addition to limiting our ability to train and rehabilitate horses in inclement weather, our education and outreach programs – like community events, field trips, family workdays, special outings, seminars, etc. – are weather dependent and often times need to be cancelled or rescheduled due to weather.
Moreover, with Chauntel Gillilland on aboard as our Barn Manager we now have the capacity to more consistently work with the horses, our programs are expanding and our reach, growing. For example, beginning in 2017 under Chauntel’s leadership, we will host the local 4-H for equine programs and projects. Eddie has been busy building tack rooms and making facility improvements for the kids. An indoor arena is one thing we don't have the resources or time to build. To be ready for these exciting new programs, we aim to have the project complete by Spring 2017.
Site preparation: $2,000 65’ x 80’ Clearspan truss arch arena (materials, delivery, installation): $65,000 14 x 14 foot arena door (estimate includes installation): $4,500 Contingency and incidentals: $3,500
THE SPECIAL INVITATION
We hope you will consider a special gift to our Campaign to Build the Sally E. Morehouse Memorial Rehabilitation and Training Center. If we exceed our goal – first we will cheer – and then we will create an endowment fund for the building’s maintenance, upkeep and for the programmatic aspect of the mission-driven work we will do inside of the facility.
So please give as generously as you can. Your gift will have an immediate impact and will make a positive, lasting difference in the lives of horses and people.
WAYS TO GIVE Checks may be made payable to: Crane Mountain Valley Horse Rescue and mailed to: 7556 NYS Route 9N, Westport, NY 12993. Please put “capital campaign” or “Sally’s building” in the memo section.
Make a gift through Paypal by selecting the “Donate Now with Paypal” button on our website.
Gifts of all sizes are needed and deeply appreciated. Every gift counts. Every gift matters. Thank you so very much for helping us provide hope, healing and recovery in all seasons.
“For Sally, a Soaring Spirit”, Irene Harbison (long-time friend of Sally’s and ours)
Sally & Buck:
Theirs was a love affair
Theirs was a love affair: Sally & Buck. We first met Sally over 12 years ago when her friend, Irene, brought her to our farm to brush a horse — a dream she long wished to fulfill — a dream that Buck (below) made come true.
At age 20, a car accident left Sally a quadriplegic. Brushing a horse required a horse that would understand Sally’s vulnerabilities and her wheelchair. From an early age, Buck demonstrated an innate ability to sense human emotion and connect with people in ways that embrace unconditional love.
When Sally and Buck met it was magic. He nuzzled her hair and pushed her around in her chair, while Sally smiled and laughed and accepted what we call “Buck hugs”, where he wraps his head around you and squeezes.
For the next several years, Sally visited Buck at the farm and their love affair continued — more Buck hugs, smiles and laughter — until Sally’s body would no longer let her make the trip. Then, her visits with Buck were through photos we sent and phone conversations. And each year at the holidays, Sally faithfully sent a donation in honor of Buck.
Though Sally lost her ability to walk at an early age, she never lost her courage, strength, sense of humor, positive outlook, or her compassion for all living beings. When we learned that Sally had a photo of Buck on her big screen TV when she "slipped into glory", as her pastor says, it touched us to the core. We knew immediately that we must embark on a capital campaign to raise funds to build the indoor facility we had long desired to heal broken bodies and broken souls in all seasons. And we knew then that we would name it for Sally.
We were honored to have been invited to speak at Sally’s memorial service. When we shared with her family and friends our plans to build the Sally E. Morehouse Memorial Rehabilitation and Training Center to instill Sally’s courage, strength, and compassion in others through our work, they were deeply moved and said Sally would be pleased.
“The first thing you feel when you drive in is peace. Then, immediately, love. From people and horses. They are full of hope and joy, although they see such misery and despair. Because it started with LOVE. Giving it. Because of their passion for horses, they couldn’t ignore the reality that 50,000 to 100,000 horses are slaughtered in the U.S. yearly, not to mention the abuse and neglect we see in the news regularly. In the hard work and dedication of Nancy and Eddie at CMVHR, you can begin to learn the truth and value of what they believe, and how they live their beliefs: ‘By saving the life of one horse, we may not be changing the world, but we are changing the world for that one horse.’” Sally Morehouse
A not-for-profit organization for equine rescue and rehabilitation.