Buy A Brick
Ironstone Farm has launched its “Brick by Brick” Campaign to raise a significant amount of money for its five-year capital campaign.
Traditional bricks (4×8″) are $125.
Larger bricks (8×8″) are $250.
These laser-engraved bricks can be personalized with a message to pay tribute to special people in your life. The bricks will become a permanent part of Ironstone Farm.
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INSPIRATION FOR BRICKS
The brick campaign is the brainchild of Leadership Committee member Pete Soucy, whose granddaughter rides at Ironstone Farm. He believes these areas can “serve daily as a prominent and visible reminder to all who visit Ironstone Farm that thousands of people support the critical mission of the Ironstone organization in an impressively tangible way.” Beyond that, the areas will serve as a place at Ironstone that riders can visit before and after their lessons. They will see, in a way not possible before, that even more caring people than they ever imagined truly do “Stand by You” at Ironstone Farm.
Together, engraved and permanently in place, they will be a physical presence at the farm and a mental image of what Ironstone stands for. From this focal point of inspiration, the riders, their families, friends and the community at large can carry both the mental image and an emotional feeling of the true Spirit of Ironstone wherever they go, whatever they do.
If using these hard-copy order forms, please do one of these three things:
- bring the order form(s) back to the Welcome Center with your check or credit card information; or
- mail the completed form(s) to “Ironstone Farm, Brick by Brick Campaign, c/o Deedee O’Brien, 450 Lowell St., Andover, MA 01810”; or
- scan the completed form(s) and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please put “Brick order” in the subject line of the email.
ABOUT THE CAPITAL CAMPAIGN
Ironstone Farm is in the middle of a five-year capital campaign to further increase its programs and reach.
It has opened a new Arts & Education Center, acquired land to protect its herd, and renovated and improved its original therapy building, barn, office and large indoor arena.
LOCAL BENEFACTORS KICKED OFF CAMPAIGN
- On Sept. 27, 2013 Doug and Diana Berthiaume gave a generous matching donation to help extend Ironstone Farm’s programs and reach. They said they would match any individual donation of $5,000 or Ironstemore, up to a total of $500,000. They gave Ironstone three years to raise the money. Less than eight months later, the $500,000 match was complete.
When Doug and Diana Berthiaume offered to match up to $500,000 in large gifts from others, they gave Ironstone Farm three years to raise the money.
Less than eight months later, the match was complete.
The Berthiaumes of Andover offered to donate $500,000 to Challenge Unlimited at Ironstone Farm by matching any new gifts of $5,000 or more from individuals. They surprised everyone with this announcement during a Sept. 27, 2013, reception at their home.
The event was the kickoff of a multi-year capital campaign meant to expand the programs and opportunities at Ironstone Farm.
“Through years of riding and volunteering at Ironstone Farm, our daughter opened our eyes to the extraordinary work being done by their talented and caring staff. This local, Andover organization has touched our hearts and we’re very pleased to support it. We’re extremely excited about Ironstone’s potential and future growth,” according to the Berthiaumes.
But no one expected the match to be met so quickly.
The final $25,000 needed was donated by Andy Stevens, whose late husband Ed Stevens served as a mentor and always inspired the nonprofit organization to reach for ever-greater heights.
“It is a major milestone for Ironstone Farm. We couldn’t be more grateful,” said Executive Director Deedee O’Brien.
When the Challenge Grant was first offered, word of the generous donation received significant coverage in the Sunday Lowell Sun and Eagle-Tribune, and in the Andover Townsman.
ABOUT IRONSTONE FARM
Through its two therapeutic arms, Challenge Unlimited and Ironstone Therapy, Ironstone Farm serves more than 480 clients a week with the help of more than 200 volunteers.
While its focus has been on children with special needs, newer offers include therapeutic programs for veterans with post-traumatic stress, cancer survivors and others.
Top doctors and major medical institutions refer clients to Ironstone Farm because of its programs and reputation. Peter Raffalli, attending physician for child neurology at Boston Children’s Hospital, is a member of the Ironstone Therapy board, and also attended the campaign kickoff.
“Therapeutic riding uses the horse to deliver traditional physical, occupational, and speech therapy in a unique way – providing integration of fine motor, gross motor, speech and sensory integration in one experience,” says Dr. Raffalli.