27th Annual Ride-A-Thon

Date: Saturday, August 26, 2017

Time: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Where: The Free SPIRIT Barn |  W3950 WI-23 Trunk, Fond du Lac, WI 54937

Details: Every August we hold our annual fundraising event, the Free S.PI.R.I.T. Riders (FSR) Ride-A-Thon. This event is a celebration of our riders demonstrating the skills they have learned throughout their time at FSR. We host numerous activities throughout the day including riding demonstrations, a silent auction, raffles, baked bean competition, bake sale, and an annual awards ceremony. This is our largest fundraising event and we are hoping you will make it even bigger this year. Your donations will go directly towards enriching the lives of children and adults with disabilities from Fond du Lac and the surrounding area through safe, therapeutic interaction with horses.

Donate today by going to https://www.crowdrise.com/o/en/team/27th-annual-ride-a-thon

Join us in welcoming our new Executive Director

Click here to see formal PRESS RELEASE

Fond du Lac, WI | July 5, 2017:   Over the last two months, the Free S.P.I.R.I.T. Riders (FSR) Board of Directors has been taking a rigorous approach to filling the vacant Executive Director position. We received numerous qualified applicants and were very satisfied with the strong interest in the opening. Our Hiring Subcommittee narrowed the candidates down to the top applicants based on qualifications that met the organization’s current needs. This was proceeded by a series of panel and cultural interviews, before making a final decision. The FSR Board of Directors is pleased to announce the offer and acceptance of Executive Director to Mr. Paul Wm Osterholm.

Paul has been affiliated with the greater Fond du Lac community through his previous roles at Marian University and Habitat for Humanity of Fond du Lac County. He has been involved with the Fond du Lac community over the last 17 years and brings a Master’s Degree in Leadership from Marian University. Paul has previously served on the Fond du Lac City Council, the City of Fond du Lac Alcohol Licensing Committee, and, is a graduate of Leadership Fond du Lac. 

Through his career, Paul has aided in generating over $200,000 in grants and fundraising efforts and we are excited to tap into his knowledge. We are looking forward to continuing to cultivate relationships and growing FSR’s support network, fundraising efforts, and program offerings and strongly believe Paul will take Free SPIRIT Riders to the next level.

Joining Paul to the Free S.P.I.R.I.T. Riders family is his wife Janet, daughter Maggie, son Paul Jr. and daughter-in-law Katie. Please join us in a warm welcome as we start this next chapter.

Kind regards from the Free S.P.I.R.I.T. Riders Board of Directors,

Lauren Price, Steven Hansen, Christine Zimmerman, Ellen Bestor, Linda Dulmes, and Mercedes Hemmer