Many of you may know that on Friday, March 3, 2017, we suddenly lost our Executive Director, Mary Narges, a true champion to Free S.P.I.R.I.T. Riders, Inc. (FSR).
Mary devoted 28 years to enriching the lives of children and adults with disabilities through safe, therapeutic interaction with horses. She was an inspiration to the riders, families, and volunteers of the organization.
Mary was the voice of FSR, advocating to area businesses and community partners for their involvement in making FSR possible. Without the support of the community, the countless hours donated by volunteers and generous contributions made by businesses, service organizations and individual donors, FSR would cease to exist.
It will be difficult to fill Mary’s shoes, but we have a strong and positive outlook for the future of FSR and intend to continue Mary’s legacy for years to come.
As we pick up the pieces from our loss, we look for the support of Fond du Lac and surrounding communities that FSR impacts. We will need many volunteers for the upcoming riding season.If you have talents beyond the areas listed below, we would love to find ways to utilize your skills.
A Strong Riding Season Ahead
FSR is proudly riding forward in 2017 and the years to come. Our first focus over the next few months will be to hire a new Executive Director. We will go through a rigorous process to ensure we find a candidate who will carry on the core values of FSR while bringing new experience and ideas to the table.
As we continue to move forward, we also have plans for carrying on the barn insulation project, which was a dream of Mary’s. We are still seeking donations for this project, as we have 75% of the needed funds to complete the project. The total cost of the arena insulation with new LED energy efficient lights will cost $48,500.
With the successful insulation of the riding arena, this will give FSR the ability to extend our riding season year-round, increase our ridership, provide a more comfortable riding arena for our students, and provide an energy cost savings to the organization.
Ways to Get Involved
There are many ways you, your family and friends can get involved with Free SPIRIT Riders. From volunteering as a side walker during classes to participating in events, fundraising, or donating your time and talent, you will find joy and inspiration in your contributions to FSR. Here are a few activities we are seeking volunteers for:
- Side walking
- Horse handling
- Grant writing
- Assist with mailings
- Event coordinating
- Personal Donations
- Facility maintenance
For more information, contact:
info@FreeSpiritRiders.org | (920) 924-9920
SADDLE UP FOR THE 27TH ANNUAL RIDE-A-THON
Saturday, August 26, 2017
Mark your calendars for the 27th Annual Free S.P.I.R.I.T. Riders Ride-A-Thon. This is our largest fundraising event and we are looking to continue the tradition. We are currently seeking donations for silent auction and raffle items, event sponsors, and fundraising teams.
For more information and to get involved,