Equine Assisted Therapy Alaska (EATA) is excited to announce the following events occurring over the next few weeks! Construction on the long-awaited Indoor Riding Arena (Cover-All) for EATA’s therapeutic riding program benefiting children, adults, and veterans with differing abilities begins August 18, 2016. Together with the Anchorage Park Foundation, EATA will host a Ground-Breaking Ceremony and end of summer BBQ on Monday, August 15, 2016, from 6 PM – 8 PM.
The Ground-Breaking Ceremony starts at 6 PM, and we look forward to seeing many current and past supporters of the Indoor Riding Arena (Coverall) Project in attendance, along with the Mayor, the director of Anchorage Parks and Recreation, and the Anchorage Park Foundation! Please join us and help celebrate the start of a project that has been in planning for many years. There will be delicious food sponsored by the Anchorage Park Foundation and treats donated by the Flying Dutchman Pastry Shop.
The EATA board selected DBS Enterprises, LLC. as the contractor of choice to construct the Indoor Riding Arena and GMG General, Inc. to complete the groundwork and paving. Doug Buyse, owner of DBS Enterprises, has been in business since 1984 and the business is family owned and operated. They come with recommendations for their professionalism, quality of work, and understanding of nonprofit (small business) needs.
Rob Weingart, Owner and President of GMG General, with his partners and Vice Presidents, Will Moran and Leif Hovland, are known for their excellent work on the following Anchorage park projects: the Tony Knowles Coastal Trail Rehabilitation (2011 and 2013), Russian Jack Park Playground and Parking Lot Improvements (2013), and Margaret Egan Sullivan Park Renewal (2012). GMG began working with us just last week last week to prepare ground material donated by Quality Asphalt and Paving (QAP)/Colaska.
Shawn Rutherford spearheaded the request to Quality Asphalt and Paving (QAP)/Colaska this summer for an in-kind donation of material for the trails, center, and indoor riding arena project. Thanks to the generosity of QAP/Colaska and Shawn’s belief in the EATA mission, QAP/Coalaska has already donated over 400 tons of Recycled Asphalt and 150 cubic yards material for future work on trails and the center, and the indoor riding arena roadwork beginning next week. There’s more on the way! World Equipment and Shawn Rutherford graciously offered their time and resources to unload the 400 tons of Recycled Asphalt! We cannot thank QAP, World Equipment, and Shawn Rutherford enough for their generosity and support of EATA, as well as, the parks and equestrian center community! Their total in-kind donation will be well over $10,000 once the final load hits our gates – that is simply amazing!
A special thank you to Lithia Hyundai of Anchorage and those who purchased a vehicle between April and June. Lithia Hyundai of Anchorage donated $1970 to EATA and presented it to EATA at the center in July! We enjoyed working with Lithia Hyundai staff during this event and look forward to next year. So, if you’re looking for a new/used vehicle, check out Lithia Hyundai of Anchorage. They’re located next to Arctic Roadrunner on Old Seward, whose owner is another wonderful supporter of EATA. We are so grateful for the local businesses and corporations supporting our small and growing non-profit. We can’t wait to provide services year-round!
An enormous thank you to all the young readers in Anchorage who read in support of EATA! Each year, readers young and old must read 5,000 hours for Friends of the Library to donate to one lucky charity. This year they read over 10,000 hours! Way to go readers!
We were able to help kick-off the event at the library on May 14th and showcase EATA’s therapeutic miniature paint horse, Cheeseburger to over 2200 people on the lawn of the Loussac Library. Cheeseburger was a big hit and those young and old were excited to participate.
On Friday, August 12th, EATA received a $1000 donation from Friends of the Library at the Loussac Library during the 16th Annual Readers to the Rescue Celebration. Thank you Readers – you are our literary heroes!
If that’s not enough excitement, Weidner Alaska selected EATA for their annual Weidner Cares Day! Weidner expects over 150 team members to volunteer 8 hours of their time on trails, grounds, and stall maintenance, repairs, and site improvements. Fire hazards will be removed, mulched, and repurposed along the walking and common areas around the center. Weidner will power-wash, level, and paint stall doors – weather permitting, of course. That’s not all! Weidner is planning to fix the bathing station, shed, and entrance arches; as well as, painting the parking lot and bollards, insulating the office, and professionally grooming the grounds.
We can’t tell you how excited and grateful we are for their industriousness and gift to the equestrian and EATA community. Their hard-work and in-kind donations of materials and equipment will benefit the many groups and equestrian users at the WCCEC, the public-at-large, and the 300+ volunteers, participants, staff, family members, and many more supporters of EATA!
The First Anchorage Teddy Bear Picnic Kicked off in concert with Ted Steven’s Day, on July 23, at Cuddy Midtown Park. The initiative spearheaded by the Anchorage Park Foundation, The Arc of Anchorage, Ted Stevens Foundation, Anchorage Parks & Recreation, Alaska Health and Disability Program, Governor’s Council on Disabilities & Special Education, Parks For All, and Healthy Futures invited a number of organizations to join in planning and promoting an event to celebrate and promote awareness of inclusive play. EATA brought Cheeseburger out to the event and talked about equine assisted therapy. Mascots from the Alaska Zoo, Fur Rondy, Bear Valley Elementary, Nordic Ski Association, Smokey the Bear, and one Disney Princess attended the event. A disability obstacle course, a bounce house, and Challenge Alaska brought adaptive equipment to check-out. Tastee Freez donated ice cream, and there was a parade around the lake! The Anchorage Teddy Bear Picnic is also sponsored by the Anchorage Municipal Employees Association.
It was a day filled with fun, imagination, and exploration for kids and teddies of all abilities. Get involved next year by sending me a message and letting us know you are interested in continuing this great event!
The EATA board decided it would be in EATA’s best interests to cancel the 2016 Cowboy Ball and instead have a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony the first or second week of November. The date is not set in stone yet, but tentatively, November 6th. If you’re interested in helping with this event, please send Rebecca a message at Ride@EquineAssistedTherapyAlaska.org. We will start planning September 15th.
If you donated auction items, we would love to repurpose them for the event in November. We will be in contact with you, most likely, after September 15th. Thank you again for your donation!
Trouble Finding EATA?
Check out this map from the Anchorage Park Foundation’s Schools on Trails Map. It’s in development, so let us know if you see any needed corrections. Brenden at APF is doing an amazing job!
In case this doesn’t show up for you, you can find EATA at 3900 Abbott Road, in-between Elmore and Lake Otis, within the Ruth Arcand Park and William Clark Chamberlin Equestrian Center.
We can’t wait to see you Monday!
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