May 8, 2017 - Riding To The Top (RTT) announced today that on a recent visit to the farm, to observe a therapeutic riding lesson, Patricia Weigel, President of Norway Savings Bank (NSB) presented a $10,000 check in support of the organization’s 2017 programs. The bank’s donation kicks off RTT’s annual Corporate Giving Campaign and ensures that equine assisted activities and therapies are available and accessible to more Maine children and adults with disabilities. Each year, RTT provides innovative equine services to more than 250 children and adults.
“Riding To The Top provides an incredibly unique service to people with disabilities, many of which are life altering for the entire family,” said Patricia Weigel, President and CEO of Norway Savings Bank. “As I watched today’s lesson, I could see the special connection these horses have with their riders, and the self-confidence this experience inspires. This therapeutic service is so important for Mainers. We are proud of our 15-year partnership with Riding To The Top and are grateful to its leaders and staff for their deep commitment and hard work to make these therapies available.”
The bank’s donation officially launches RTT’s annual Corporate Giving Campaign, which has a fundraising goal of $30,000. In the coming months, Norway Savings Bank will play an important role in helping RTT meet its fundraising goal by encouraging area businesses to join the bank in supporting the organization and its mission.
According to RTT Executive Director Sarah Bronson, “Our annual operating budget is approximately $550,000, with 70 percent contributed by individuals, foundations and businesses like Norway Savings Bank. Community support is vital to maintaining the farm, caring for our horses, and serving Maine families. Annual contributions from local businesses like Norway Savings Bank allow us to deliver equine assisted activities and therapies to those who need it most. We encourage small and large businesses to become part of the powerful transformation that takes place when horses and people come together.”
Since 2003, Norway Savings Bank has contributed $135,000 to Riding To The Top. These funds have helped to fund the construction of the indoor-riding arena, so that services could be provided year-round. Funds have also supported the horse fund (care, purchase and retirement of RTT horses), RTT Riderships for hundreds of children and adults with disabilities and new programs. In addition to financial support, Norway Savings Bank employees have volunteered hundreds of hours at RTT supporting projects and fundraising events as well as serving on the organization’s board of directors.