SMART Receives $39,776 in Grants and Donations

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SRQ DAILY WEDNESDAY PHILANTHROPY EDITION WEDNESDAY FEB 19, 2020

Sarasota Manatee Association for Riding Therapy, Inc. (SMART) is pleased to announce that they have received multiple grants and donations in January 2020 totaling $39,776. This includes an $11,200 grant from the Bank of America Client Foundation, Bank of America, N.A., Trustee to support Therapeutic Riding and Equine Assisted Activities Scholarships for Children with Autism. SMART also received unrestricted donations of $16,000 from the Second Chance Foundation and $1,500 from the Manatee Memorial Foundation. The Lakewood Ranch Women's Club donated $7,000 to support two Warriors in Transition sessions in the spring and to adopt two of SMART's horses - Magic and Norman. The Norman and Phyllis Siskel Donor Advised Fund donated $4,076 to support the Warriors in Transition session and SMART's Literacy program in February 2020. "The generous support of these foundations and donors ensures that SMART continues to provide therapeutic riding and equine assisted learning to children, adults, and veterans living in southwest Florida.  These programs enrich the lives of our participants daily, changing their lives forever. We could not keep our commitment to them without the continuing support of so many organizations and individuals" said Melissa Spillenkothen, Interim Executive Director of SMART.

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