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Horse Resource Seeks to Raise Donations and Awareness Establishes Fund with Community Foundation

By Jennie Acklin

Ryan Michelle Wlicox, Assistant Executive Director of the Cattaraugus Foundation, spoke with the Ellicottville Times on Monday, July 2, about the newly established fund for Horse Resource. “This fund allows individuals to make donations of any size, from small to “significant”, says Ryan, and the Foundation will advise donors of tax deductions and other administrative services.”  Anyone interested in donating to Horse Resource can do so online at www.cattfoundation.org, or directly at our office – Community Foundation, 120 North Union Street, Olean NY.

Annie Widger is responsible for initiating the 501 (c)(3) application, after talking with Lori Northrup (Golden Stride Walker Ranch) about the challenges and issues Horse Resource faces.  Widger started researching avenues in February, and found a terrific partnership with the Community Foundation.  “I cannot get over how helpful they have been – they made this happen,” said Widger,  “People can make donations of horse care items, horse trailers, or donations of farms and farmland, just to name a few of the many ways to help..”  There are also donation boxes around the county at various retail outlets, such as the Purple Doorknob shop.

In a press release dated June 22, 2012, Ryan Michelle Wilcox  outlines the purpose of Horse Resource, and some of the services provided by Community Foundation. (see below).

Horse Rescue group establishes fund at Foundation

Horse Resource, a group of area equine enthusiasts, has established a new fund at the Cattaraugus Region Community Foundation to assist people and horses in rescue situations.

A primary purpose of the fund will be to offset the costs of fostering

horses in need of care, according to Karen Niemic Buchheit, CRCF Executive Director

Founded in 2005, Horse Resource’s mission is to act as a resource to improve equine welfare in Cattaraugus County, said the group’s chairperson, Annie Widger of Ellicottville, NY.

“Often when one loses their job or gets divorced, the horses are the last concern,” Ms. Widger noted. “Our thought in creating Horse Resource was to provide a network that could help. We would match people with resources to people and horses without.”

According to Ms. Widger Horse Resource has helped find homes for more than a dozen area horses and has assisted the SPCA in Cattaraugus County with many others.

“Some of our first horses to rehome were the result of a call from my veterinarian,” said Ms. Widger. “She had a client who could no longer care for her horses and we had them in loving homes within a week.”

As a 501(c)(3) public foundation CRCF will receive donations on behalf of Horse Resource, allowing donors’ gifts  to be tax deductible. The Foundation will issue grants from the Horse Resource Fund for the purchase of feed and other related needs for rescued horses.

Donations to the Horse Resource Fund can be made in care of the Community Foundation at 120 North Union Street, Olean, and online at www.cattfoundation.org.

To learn more about Horse Resource, visit www.horse-resource.org.


Horse Resource has two upcoming events.

In conjunction with the Ellicottville Fire Department and Golden Stride Walker Ranch of Ellicottville, Horse Resource will offer a Horse Rescue Preparation Training Course for area first responders 7 – 10 p.m., Sept. 21, 2012, at Golden Stride Walker Ranch.

This course is free of charge to first responders, paid for by the Ellicottville Fire Dept. For more information contact Chief Ed Fredrickson, Ellicottville Fire Dept.,  716-699-2717.

Horse Resource will also be holding a Tack Swap/Auction December 1, 2012, at the Allegany Community Center. The tack swap will begin at 10 a.m. followed by an auction at 2 p.m.

Anyone interested in renting a table for $10 to sell tack should contact

Ms. Widger at 699-2940 or Ruthe Riehle at 373-6580.

The Community Foundation provides to its fund donors administrative services such as gift processing and acknowledgments, investment management through a professional investment manager, and tax filing. Any nonprofit organization or any organization seeking nonprofit status interested in starting a fund at the Community Foundation can benefit from the these services.

Established in 1995, The Community Foundation is growing good by connecting donors to the causes they care about most in our region. Grants from the foundation support many areas including education, scholarships, health care, the arts, community development, human service and youth development.

For more information, contact the Community Foundation at (716) 372-4433, email foundation@cattfoundation.org or visit www.cattfoundation.org. Find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/cattfoundation.

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