LIMA — The Equestrian Therapy Program will be able to more effectively promote itself in the community, thanks to voters who support the organization.
The Equestrian Therapy Program won $10,000 in free advertising as part of the MyOwnLima/The Lima News Community Service Partner Campaign, the group learned at a breakfast this morning at Old Barn Out Back. Supporters of the organization placed it ahead of nine other community groups in online polling on MyOwnLima.com earlier this year.
The program aims to improve the quality of life for the disabled. It provides equine-facilitated activities and therapies in Lima and surrounding counties.
“Our volunteers have been wonderful to us over the 31 years our organization has been here,” said Michele Andrews-Sabol, the group’s executive director. “We’re thankful for all of their support. This is wonderful for us.”
The group will use the advertising to promote its Equestrian Therapy Fun Run and Scavenger Hunt, a motorcycle run in July, as well as its biggest fundraiser, it’s ride-a-thon in October. It can also get up to $10,000 in additional free advertising as a matching fund.
MyOwnLima.com, sponsored by The Union Bank Co., Busy B Realty and Lawson Brothers Construction, is a community-driven website, sharing news and events submitted directly by its users. It’s a project of The Lima News and its corporate owner, Civitas Media.
Other local nominees included the American Cancer Society-Allen County Volunteer Leadership Council, the Arc of Allen County, Boy Scouts of America, Council for the Arts of Greater Lima, Girl Scouts of Western Ohio, Humane Society of Allen County, Lima City Schools Career Tech, Partnership for Violence Free Families and Without Walls.
The other nominees also learned they can receive matching dollars for advertising spent, up to $10,000.