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Erin
May. 22, 2002, 01:44 PM
OK, folks... the contributions are (mostly) tallied, and Lisamarie is hard at work on our ad.

In total, I think we have collected somewhere around $2400-2500. The ad will cost about $1350. That leaves us with at least $1K (!!!) to donate to a charity in Kathy's name.

The charity her family had mentioned to me was the Hospice of Yuma (Ariz.). Or, we could decide on a different charity, like the American Cancer Society, an equine rescue group, or something like that.

So... we need suggestions! Lisamarie wants to put our decision in the ad.

Thoughts? Ideas?

(BTW, for those who missed this round of threads... Cactuskate was a frequent contributor here who died of cancer last month. COTH BB'ers chipped in all this money to memorialize her in an ad in the COTH, and also to make a donation to charity.)

Erin
May. 22, 2002, 01:44 PM
OK, folks... the contributions are (mostly) tallied, and Lisamarie is hard at work on our ad.

In total, I think we have collected somewhere around $2400-2500. The ad will cost about $1350. That leaves us with at least $1K (!!!) to donate to a charity in Kathy's name.

The charity her family had mentioned to me was the Hospice of Yuma (Ariz.). Or, we could decide on a different charity, like the American Cancer Society, an equine rescue group, or something like that.

So... we need suggestions! Lisamarie wants to put our decision in the ad.

Thoughts? Ideas?

(BTW, for those who missed this round of threads... Cactuskate was a frequent contributor here who died of cancer last month. COTH BB'ers chipped in all this money to memorialize her in an ad in the COTH, and also to make a donation to charity.)

Louise
May. 22, 2002, 01:49 PM
I think that if her family wants us to donate to the Hospice of Yuma, then that is what we should do.

Hospices do wonderful work, and certainly deserve to be supported.

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Excellence then, is not an act, but a habit.
Aristotle

Seven
May. 22, 2002, 01:57 PM
I'm all for the Hospice donation...but we're all also horse people...and so was Cactuskate. Perhaps a 50/50 split is a more fitting memorial? 1/2 to the Hospice and 1/2 to a horse rescue (like NYHR /infopop/emoticons/icon_wink.gif who would most likely be be very willing to name the rescued horse after her). That way, we would be recognizing the two parts of her life most of us shared...our common bond through horses and our growth through her illness.

Just a thought...

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Erin
May. 22, 2002, 02:06 PM
I like the half-and-half idea... there's a really well-known rescue in CA, the name of which escapes me at the moment. California Clique?

Seven
May. 22, 2002, 02:11 PM
might be the one you are thinking of, Erin. It is in Arcadia, CA and has an excellent reputation.

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Cinnybren
May. 22, 2002, 02:14 PM
I'm like the 50/50 split idea as well. Just adding in my .02.

Duffy
May. 22, 2002, 02:14 PM
Sounds like a plan to me. /infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

Pocket Pony
May. 22, 2002, 02:17 PM
I like the 50/50, too.

I can't wait to see the ad!

* I like long walks, especially when they are taken by people who annoy me. *

Erin
May. 22, 2002, 02:24 PM
UPF is what I was thinking of Serendipity! I forget, do they do OTT rescues? I think most of Kathy's horses were TB, so that would be appropriate. /infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

Seven
May. 22, 2002, 02:29 PM
is indeed a racing TB based charitable organization. The founders of UPF and the founders of NYHR are friends, that's how I became familiar with UPF.

Here's the site: UPF (http://www.unitedpegasus.com/)

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hoopoe
May. 22, 2002, 02:30 PM
Hospice for me too! If a horse rescue charity is chosen I think it would be best to find one in her area. Even a local humane society needs help in dealing with livestock rescue.

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Colin
May. 22, 2002, 02:30 PM
I'm for the 50/50 too. Thanks, Erin!

Erin
May. 22, 2002, 02:33 PM
Any Arizona cliquers know of a rescue in that state?

reefy!
May. 22, 2002, 02:40 PM
50/50 is a great idea!

Unfortunately, I am in AZ but I don't know what sort of horse rescues there are....I'll ask around and see if there's anything around.

Good idea /infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

akrogirl
May. 22, 2002, 05:03 PM
I am also in favor of the 50:50 split. I know there is a small rescue operation somewhere in Gilbert, not far from our barn, but I don't know anything about its reputation. I would guess that it mainly deals with QH's and paints given its location, but I will try to find out some more info.

wtywmn4
May. 22, 2002, 05:15 PM
50/50 split is a great idea...Hospice and a Rescue...Erin do we know which Chronicle it will be in yet?

akrogirl
May. 22, 2002, 05:22 PM
Here are some links to horse rescues in Arizona - unfortunately, I have no personal knowledge of any of them.

http://communities.msn.com/MadisCorral

http://werescuehorses.com/

http://members.aol.com/MudPony/

http://xs-xpress.20m.com/

agedbayhunter
May. 22, 2002, 05:40 PM
I vote for 50/50, too. United Pegasus also purchases foals from the PMU auctions -- a new life beginning, perhaps?

Molly99
May. 22, 2002, 07:14 PM
Like the 50/50 idea as well.

But another suggestion regard the horsey one:

While in Kentucky last week, I read about the Horse Parks Foundation that runs a drill team for the inner city kids. I was very impressed with the story and the success of the children that have participated.

Can't help put think that money could buy another mustang (that is the only "type" used by the kids)

A form of rescue in it's own way. Saving a horse from the wild and a child.

Just another suggestion.

suniday
May. 23, 2002, 04:34 AM
Another vote for the 50/50 idea. Does the COTH Rescue horse need any additional funds to help offset the surgery he had? Just a thought and my .02.

Member of the VA/DC/MD clique.

monstrpony
May. 23, 2002, 05:19 AM
Another vote for the 50/50 idea.

It would be nice to find a rescue in her area, but it would also be nice to make this kind of donation to a well known and established organization, so the idea of it has a better chance of being remembered, publicized, and perhaps copied. Wouldn't it be a nice trend to have started?

Lisamarie8
May. 23, 2002, 06:00 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by wtywmn4:
50/50 split is a great idea...Hospice and a Rescue...Erin do we know which Chronicle it will be in yet?<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

Hey All!

We're shooting for the dressage issue on June 21st. Bill is working on the ad no and as soon as he has the laytout done I'm going to lasso Erin in to writing some copy for it /infopop/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif We have to have it to COTH by June 7th.

I Dig the 50/50 idea as well /infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

-- Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence on society.

reefy!
May. 23, 2002, 08:23 AM
Hey Akrogirl!

I found those same links (thanks Google!)
but I wasn't sure how to 'link' them into here.

I asked at the barn and the only response I got besides 'I dunno' was T.R.O.T (therapeutic riding of Tucson - not exactly a rescue but charitable none the less).

Sorry, I'm not much help! The only other thing I could think of was the humane society as they could do horse rescues but otherwise, I'm drawing a blank.

Jennifer

dublin
May. 23, 2002, 08:39 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Does the COTH Rescue horse need any additional funds to help offset the surgery he had? <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

Great suggestion, and I think definitely worth considering! If I recall correctly, the surgery ran around $3500 (???) and definitely wasn't going to be covered by the money we raised for Patriot's rescue.

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rockstarr
May. 23, 2002, 08:59 AM
I am so proud of the effort. It's such a nice thing to do. /infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif I have no firm opinions on allocation. Whatever the body of contributors thinks is right is a-ok with me.

AllyS
May. 24, 2002, 12:48 PM
To Erin and WC Princess;
First I want to thank everyone that has contributed to Kathy's fund. I am a friend of Kathy's and rode with her here in Arizona. Actually, I couldn't have ridden without her help and knowledge. Reading all of the kind words posted on this BB has been overwhelming. We all miss her very much.

A couple of years ago Kathy was thinking about starting up a school for under-priveldged and challenged kids, knowing the healing properties of inter-acting with horses. I even gave her an old article about Kathy Kusner and the riding school she is trying to establish in L.A. Anyway, neither one of us had the funds to do something like this, but I know it is something she thought about. I will talk to her family and close friends and see what they think. Thanks for everything.

AllyS

Bumpkin
May. 24, 2002, 12:58 PM
I was just reading the article about how the Horses In The Hood and how they were doing, as I admit I have not read much on it since Kathy Kusner suggested it.
I think a 50/50 to Horses In The Hood would be fabulous. /infopop/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

muley1
May. 24, 2002, 01:47 PM
There is a very large and well respected theraputic riding program here in the Phoenix area called Horses Help. They have been around for years and always need donations.

hoopoe
May. 24, 2002, 01:50 PM
Yes, Ms. Kusner has a very worthy project. I believe that someone earlier posted a reference to another like program in the southeast.

If you feel the family is in agreement, then I vote Horses in the Hood as well as the local hospice.



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dublin
May. 24, 2002, 02:13 PM
Horses In The Hood website (http://66.12.33.92/hhla/main1.asp?count=<%=number%>)

M. O'Connor
May. 24, 2002, 07:09 PM
I would be happy to let Ms. Kusner know about our desire to make a contribution if we make a decision to do that....I'm sure she would be thrilled!

MCL

Reginapony
May. 24, 2002, 09:35 PM
I am all for donating to the Hospice of Yuma. My father was able to die at home in his bedroom with the help of the local Hospice. They also gave my Mom and Brother a break during the day for a few hours. Dad needed constant supervision. I was working, so I helped out on my days off. I hope I can also die at home, surrounded with my favorite people and model horses. Leo can go to Ryerss farm for aged equine, if everything works out as planned.

*Endurance Rider Wannabee!*

Duffy
May. 24, 2002, 09:43 PM
The hospice here in town was wonderful when my sister was in her last few weeks - a very worthy cause.

Reginapony, how are you doing?

muley1
May. 25, 2002, 10:42 AM
I think the hospice is the place to put the remainder of the money. They do wonderful work.
They're not nurses, they're angels.

Erin
May. 31, 2002, 07:49 AM
I'm bumping this up because we need to make a final decision... perhaps we can brainstorm a bit more on this thread, and then I'll post a poll where we can vote.

I would agree that we should likely stick with better-known charities. Also, I think it would be nice if we could make the contribution to a charity that Kathy herself would have liked. Personally, I really like the idea of Horses in the Hood. But there are also some very good therapeutic riding programs in Phoenix. I'll shoot off another email to Kathy's sister and ask if she has any ideas.

I do think it would be nice for half of our contribution to go to the hospice.

Any other thoughts?

Pixie Dust
May. 31, 2002, 07:57 AM
I vote for donating it to what Kathy's family has chosen.

Superheroes of the universe, unite!

http://hometown.aol.com/bgoosewood/index.html

kmoffitt
May. 31, 2002, 08:02 AM
Donate it to the Hospice.

Maria
May. 31, 2002, 08:05 AM
My vote would be for Hospice.

I do love the idea of a 50/50 split, but if I am reading between the lines correctly....I think the family would want it to go to Hospice.

Bumpkin
May. 31, 2002, 08:07 AM
Horses In The Hood and the Hospice /infopop/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

Only because my non horsey family, if this were me, would say Hospice and my Animal Friends would say Horses In The Hood.

I had a hunting friend who passed away, and her family asked for donations to PETA, because they knew she was an animal lover.
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Erin
May. 31, 2002, 08:30 AM
I'll check with Kathy's sister... I doubt they would be at all opposed to a donation going to a horsey group. (Kathy's sister also rides.)

I would guess that the hospice was named as the charity just because people kept asking them who to send money to, and that was the first thing that came to mind. /infopop/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

Sandbarhorse
May. 31, 2002, 08:35 AM
I vote for Hospice and Horses in the Hood 50/50.

Hopices are wonderful and many people can benefit from their help. Cactuskate was a horse lover and that's how many of us "met" her and what made her feel that she wasn't sick. Horses in the Hood is something she would have donated to if she had been able to. It's also beneficial to the horses and the kids. Maybe a picture of her and her story will inspire some of the kids.

If it was me I think I would want both to get a donation. Horses are a part of my life that I wouldn't be able to seperate and are for most horse lovers, but then again, I only knew her from the BB so maybe she wouldn't want a 50/50.

Erin
May. 31, 2002, 10:24 AM
OK, I checked with Kathy's friend and trainer, Jennifer, who talked it over with her sister and another friend, and they have given a blessing to Horses in the Hood. /infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

So I'll set up a poll as a new topic to decide if we do one or the other (hospice or HITH) or both.