Recent Gifts

Ironstone Farm appreciates donations big and small. Our programs would not be able to continue without the generous contributions of our supporters.

JULY 2016
Schneider Electric proved itself as the company that keeps on giving!
The Schneider Electric North America Foundation generously added a $5,000 grant for Challenge Unlimited at Ironstone Farm, as a follow-up to the Andover-based Schneider Electric’s support of the Ironstone Derby 5K & Kentucky Derby Party. The (local) Schneider Electric BOC team was one of the largest teams at the Ironstone Derby 5K on May 7 and a financial sponsor of the event!

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MAY 2016

Ironstone was able to successfully move our spring fundraiser to the farm thanks to the support of wonderful sponsors. More than 550 people took part in the Ironstone Derby 5K & Kentucky Derby Party at our horse farm on Kentucky Derby Day thanks to the generosity of:

DMSE Sports
NetScout
Run for the Troops 5K
Burtons Grill
Orange Leaf
Lawrence General Hospital
Wheelabrator North Andover
Minuteman Press
Enterprise Bank
Team Logic IT
Danny Christenson and family

Schneider Electric
Knights of Columbus Andover
Lowell Five
Black Tie Limousine
Doherty Insurance
The Savings Bank
Foster and Sullivan Insurance
Massachusetts School of Law
Karin & Dale Johnson
Sage Bank

with additional support from 99 Restaurants, Wood Bros. Flowers, Thermo Fisher Scientific, WROR-FM and Cape Cod Chips.

 

WINTER 2016
With the Ironstone Derby 5K & Kentucky Derby Party moving to Ironstone Farm in Andover for the first time this year, we appreciate the support of sponsors.
Thanks to NetScout Systems, Wheelabrator, Minuteman Press, Lowell Five and Neil Elms for their early support of the May 7, 2016 event.
We continue to seek sponsors for this annual event that supports Ironstone’s nonprofit programs. Please contact Jim Greeley at 978-886-7063 to become a sponsor of the next Ironstone Derby.

[caption id="attachment_4161" align="alignleft" width="300"]Employees of the Chelmsford Lockheed Martin made a generous donation to Ironstone Farm in February 2016. Deedee O'Brien, third from right, accepts a check from Lockheed Martin Charity Committee members (from left) Frank Clapp, Laura Pacheco, Lisa Peterson, Jen McManus, the site director and general manager, and Kelly Balestrieri. Employees of the Chelmsford Lockheed Martin made a generous donation to Ironstone Farm in February 2016. Deedee O’Brien, third from right, accepts a check from Lockheed Martin Charity Committee members (from left) Frank Clapp, Laura Pacheco, Lisa Peterson, Jen McManus, the site director and general manager, and Kelly Balestrieri.[/caption]

 

DECEMBER 2015

Challenge Unlimited at Ironstone Farm was awarded a $5,000 grant from the Webster Family Fund, a fund of the Essex County Community Foundation, to help install a new heating system in its original therapy building, used since its nonprofit organization was incorporated in 1983. ECCF logo for webThe Webster Family Fund was formed in 2005 when the D.K. Webster Family Foundation transferred its assets into a field of interest fund at the Essex County Community Foundation. The fund supports capital projects at nonprofit organizations serving the Greater Lawrence community.

Lawrence General Hospital made a generous donation to Ironstone Farm, benefiting our youngest riders and covering the costs of our Early Intervention Program for the month of December. Insurance and government benefits do not cover the entire real costs associated with the Early Intervention Program’s horseback-riding therapy for children aged 9 months to 3 years. Normally, Ironstone Farm raises the additional money necessary. For December, Lawrence General stepped in as part of its significant effort to support like-minded Merrimack Valley organizations.

NetScout Systems, Ironstone Board member Rajeev Nadkarni and his fellow NetScout employees were once again on the nice list for sponsoring our annual Breakfast with Santa event.

NOVEMBER 2015

Merrimack Valley Striders once again selected Ironstone Farm to be a beneficiary of its incredibly popular Feaster Five Thanksgiving Day Road Race.

The clothing company bPositive selected Ironstone Farm’s nonprofit programs to be its charity of the month, donating a portion of its sales during November to help pay for children to receive therapeutic riding lessons. The effort by bPositive paid for about 10 children to receive their therapy for a month.

Ironstone’s annual Spirit of Giving Gala honored electric entertainer Tony Orlando and brought in the most money ever for our nonprofit programs, thanks in large part to our sponsors.
Sponsors for the event included:

  • Nancy Donahue and family
  • The Berthiaume family
  • The Lowell Sun
  • Orange Leaf
  • Enterprise Bank
  • The Behrakis family
  • Bank of New England
  • Jack and Terry O’Connor
  • Lowell Spinners
  • David Coffman
  • McCarthy family
  • DMSE Sports
  • Jim and Nancy Greeley and family
  • Lawrence General Hospital
  • George and Carol Duncan
  • Lowell Five
  • Trinity EMS
  • Walter’s Publishing
  • Mahoney Oil Co.
  • Errands and Events by Lauren
  • Sacks
  • Patrick Leyne
  • New England Foliage
  • Perfect Parties
  • Circle Health
  • Michael Breda
  • George and Donna Leahey
  • Alan and Vicky Bernard
  • Jerry and Marge Dugal
  • Joe and Carol Monteforte
  • Dr. Richard Lindsay/Andover Animal Hospital
  • Burtons Grill of North Andover

 

FALL 2015

Volunteers from Fed Ex were at Ironstone Farm in October cleaning our gardens, washing windows, decorating our grounds for Halloween, scraping and varnishing our kiosk. Plus, they brought our regular volunteers and staff sandwiches and chowder! In November they brought dozens and dozens of bags of items to complete a wish list of needed supplies to help our staff improve the therapeutic experience for our clients.

Burtons North Andover hosted an Ironstone Farm night with a percentage of all the money spent supporting Ironstone’s nonprofit programs.

[caption id="attachment_305" align="alignright" width="300"]Doug and Diana Berthiaume gave an extremely generous matching donation in 2013 to help extend Ironstone Farm's programs and reach. They will match any individual donation of $5,000 or more, up to a total of $500,000. To learn more about the match, click here. Doug and Diana Berthiaume gave an extremely generous matching donation in 2013 to help extend Ironstone Farm’s programs and reach. They offered to match any individual donation of $5,000 or more, up to a total of $500,000. Eight months later, the match was complete.
To learn more, click here.[/caption]

WINTER 2014-2015
The 99 Restaurant next door to Ironstone Farm in Andover hosted a fundraiser for Ironstone Farm on the night of Jan. 14.
Many Ironstone friends brought and presented a voucher at the 99, allowing 15 percent of their table’s food and drink to donated to Challenge Unlimited at Ironstone Farm.
More than $1,000 was raised that evening. Thank you, 99 Andover!

Holiday cheer and cheers were due Netscout, Ironstone Board member Rajeev Nadkarni and his fellow Netscout employees for sponsoring our Breakfast with Santa event.
The free annual event attacts hundreds to take photos with Santa and the Ironstone horses, and to enjoy a hot breakfast. Many people use the photos for their holiday cards, or as part of personal calendars.
Netscout volunteers served 23 dozen eggs, 250 pancakes and a sleighful of french toast, sausages, baked goods and other items.

FALL 2014
Thanks to the more than 400 people who attended our annual Spirit of Giving Gala, with this year’s theme of “Dallas: Bring Your Bling.” The event, on Saturday, Nov. 15, turned the Andover Country Club into a slice of the Lone Star state, and raised a lot of money for Challenge Unlimited at Ironstone Farm. It honored Andover’s Doug and Diana Berthiaume and Lowell’s Normand Deschene.
Sponsors for the event included:

  • Richard and Nancy Donahue
  • Phil and Kathie Taymor
  • Circle Health
  • Eagle-Tribune/North of Boston Media Group
  • Enterprise Bank
  • Bank of New England
  • Jack and Terry O’Connor
  • Hyslip family
  • Boston Partners Financial Group
  • Jim and Angela Alex
  • Lowell Spinners
  • David Coffman
  • Orange Leaf
  • Walter’s Publishing
  • Sacks
  • DMSE Sports
  • Jim and Nancy Greeley and family
  • Sage Bank
  • Lowell Sun
  • Lowell Five
  • Trinity EMS
  • McCarthy family
  • Mahoney Oil Co.
  • TeamLogicIT
  • Century Bank
  • Genesis Management Group
  • Pearson & Pearson LLC
  • Middlesex Community College
  • Alan and Vicky Bernard
  • Minuteman Press
  • Dr. Richard Lindsay
  • Michael Breda
  • Fred C. Church
  • Jerry and Marge Dugal

Wednesday, Oct. 15 was Orange Leaf Day for Ironstone Farm. Thank you to seven Orange leaf Frozen Yogurt locations for giving people another great excuse to grab a cup of delicious frozen yogurt. These local Orange Leaf stores donated 10 percent of the money spent at their shops on Oct. 15 to Ironstone Farn’s nonprofit programs: Andover; Tewksbury; Methuen (the Loop); Davis Square, Somerville; Salem, Mass., Marblehead and Newburyport!

Thank you to the Tewksbury, Mass. Longhorn Steakhouse for a fun and charitable night of dining on Tuesday, Oct. 7.
Longhorn Steakhouse on Route 133 near the Andover/Tewksbury border offered 10 percent of all the money spent on food and drink the night of Oct. 7 by people who presented an Ironstone Farm voucher.

The result: $470 for our programs – and dozens of delicious dinners.

 

SPRING 2014

The inaugural Ironstone Derby road race/walk and Kentucky Derby party on May 3 was made possible thanks to the support of several terrific companies. We thank:

  • Lowell Spinners
  • DMSE, Inc.
  • Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield Massachusetts
  • NetScout Systems
  • Wheelabrator
  • 99 Restaurants
  • Trinity EMS
  • Griffin Greenhouse Supplies
  • AMD Telemedicine
  • Andover Knights of Columbus
  • A.H. Notini & Sons
  • Black Tie Limousine
  • Lowell General Hospital
  • All Sports Heroes
  • Best Fitness Drum Hill
  • Burtons Grill
  • Greater Boston Running Company
CLICK TO SEE SOME PHOTOS FROM THE FIRST IRONSTONE DERBY

WINTER 2014

  • Special thanks to Michael Breda, board of trustees member, for stepping forward with a donation and combining with other board members to virtually eliminate the staff’s wish list.
    A list of items that the staff hoped to see to keep the program running smoothly was presented at a January Strategic Planning Meeting of the Challenge Unlimited Board of Trustees. Board members quickly stepped forward to pay for the bulk of the items on the list. The board is looking into how to address the handful of larger items that were requested.
  • Netscout Systems Inc. stepped forward to supply Ironstone Farm with a new computer. Previously the company made a significant donation to support Ironstone Farm’s annual Breakfast with Santa, a free-to-the-public event.
    New Challenge Unlimited Board of Trustees member Rajeev Nadkarni, and several other Netscout volunteers, served the breakfast.
  • Robert “Ziggy” Burns and Michael Breda of Sage Bank stopped by to deliver a donation of six laptop computers to Ironstone Farm. [caption id="attachment_1199" align="alignleft" width="300"]Ziggy Burns (second from left) and Michael Breda (third from right) delivered laptops to Ironstone. They are received by (from left) Megan Donovan, Deedee O'Brien, Susan Farese, Jim Greeley and Tanya Archer. Ziggy Burns (second from left) and Michael Breda (third from right) delivered laptops to Ironstone. They are received by (from left) Megan Donovan, Deedee O’Brien, Susan Farese, Jim Greeley and Tanya Archer.[/caption]

    Their support continues a long relationship between Sage Bank and Ironstone. When he was honored by the Massachusetts Chapter of the March of Dimes with its Citizen of the Year Award this past fall, Ziggy made a point of talking about the good work done at Ironstone.

 

2013

  • Ironstone Farm gives a big thank you to Discovery Communications Group of Salem, N.H. for donating the time and energy to create our organization’s new website. The attractive new design should help clients and families to more easily access the information they need, and make it easier for new people to learn about the good work happening at the farm. Click here to visit the company website of Discovery Communications.

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