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Awards and Recognitions

During the past decade, Challenge Unlimited has been inducted into the Massachusetts Special Olympics Hall of Fame, was chosen as the Lowell Spinners Baseball Team Charity of the Year, was awarded the Perkins School for the Blind exemplary service award, and received the distinguished Enterprise Bank Celebrate Excellence Award for Non-Profit Organization of the Year in 2011.

2015 Honors

  • In June, the Merrimack Valley Chamber of Commerce gave Ironstone its Healthcare Award as part of its Small Business Recognition Awards Program. The award came just two years after Ironstone Farm was named as the MV Chamber’s 2013 Nonprofit of the Year.
  • Ironstone Farm was one again recognized on field and presented a check for its programs during the Home Opener of the Lowell Spinners baseball team, a Red Sox minor league affiliate.
  • In April, Ironstone Farm’s veterans program was a beneficiary of the Run for the Troops in Andover, a road race that attracted nearly 3,000 people.
  • In January, Ironstone Farm was honored as the Nonprofit of the Year by the Knights of Columbus Andover at the Knights’ annual dinner. The Knights Council 1078 presented the award “in recognition of 30 years of exceptional service to special needs children and adults and individuals with physical and emotional challenges.”

2014 Honors

  • The Massachusetts Adoption Resource Exchange honored Ironstone Farm with its inaugural Valued Community Partnership Award, because of the success of an annual adoption event held at Ironstone. The adoption event allows prospective adoptive parents to meet with special needs children in a fun, low-key environment so that they can connect in a more natural way.
  • Pentucket Medical’s Night to Honor the Medical Corps again named Challenge Unlimited at Ironstone Farm as one of its beneficiaries because of Ironstone’s successful veterans program.
  • Ironstone Farm was a beneficiary of the Feaster Five Road Race that attracts more than 10,000 runners on Thanksgiving morning; the Run for the Troops 5K, held the first Sunday in April; the Krit Classic 5K, held the first Sunday in June; as well as the inaugural Ironstone Derby, its own race created by Dave McGillivray, race director of the Boston Marathon, and Drew Weber, Lowell Spinners owner.
  • Received Cummings Foundation $100K for 100 Grant, which “recognizes and supports the recipient’s impactful, effective programming that empowers individuals and strengthens local communities.” Click here for more information on this prestigious award.

2013 Honors
In 2013 Challenge Unlimited at Ironstone Farm was honored with:

  • Non-Profit Small Business of the Year by the Merrimack Valley Chamber of Commerce
  • Community Partner Award from the Haverhill Public Schools
  • Community Partner Award from CLASS of Greater Lawrence

Because of its work benefitting the community, in 2013 Ironstone Farm also was chosen as a beneficiary of:

  • Feaster Five Road Race, a Thanksgiving tradition attracting 10,000 runners to Andover
  • Night to Honor the Medical Corps of the US Armed Forces

Ironstone Farm staff have similarly been awarded by specific organizations, receiving:

  • 2013 Girls’ Inc. Woman of the Year Award;
  • Lowell High School Distinguished Alumni recognition;
  • Andover Chamber of Commerce Community Service Award;
  • 2012 Lowell Sun Salute to Women of Our Region Award;
  • Yankee Clipper Council Community Service Award; and
  • Merrimack Valley YWCA Community Service Award.