There is a new organization in town that has already made a BIG impact in West Michigan! The Woolley Foundation held their 1st charity golf outing this past September, raising $6,500 to benefit Equest Center for Therapeutic Riding in Rockford, MI.
The Woolley Foundation is a 501©3 organization created in 2017 by Patrick and Sherry Woolley of Rockford. “Establishing the Foundation has been our dream for such a long time. We are happy to donate this money to the Center to help them provide services to their clients,” Sherry said. The Foundation promotes education endeavors in the areas of life skills, enrichment for special needs persons, training, and higher education.
The golf fundraiser was held at Thornapple Pointe Golf Club in Grand Rapids. The event included golf, dinner, games, and prizes. The Foundation attributed the success of the event to the enthusiastic participants, sponsors, donors, and wonderful volunteers. They would like to say a special thank you to Tom Hillen of WOOD-TV8, the dinner emcee.
Sherry defined The Woolley Foundation saying, “We believe education is the most egalitarian way to assist persons to achieve their goals. Our circle of family and friends have experienced particular concerns for persons with disabilities. These concerns led us to form the Foundation. We want to help persons with special needs to participate in learning opportunities to improve and enhance their lives. The Foundation tagline defines its purpose, “Sharing Blessings to Nourish Hope.”
Equest Center improves quality of life through equine-based therapy to physically, mentally and socially/emotionally challenged individuals of all ages. This unique program integrates academic, social and physical skills, using the horse as a catalyst. “Under the guidance of specially trained instructors at Equest Center for Therapeutic Riding, disabilities are challenged and new abilities are created,” said Kathy Ryan, Equest’s Executive Director.
“Equest Center is powered by a small staff and dedicated team of volunteers. We are so grateful to Pat and Sherry Woolley for partnering with us make a difference in the lives of the special needs clients we serve!” exclaimed Kathy Ryan, Executive Director. “The passion they have for helping others is clearly evident in all they do!”