Effective July 1, Deedee O'Brien stepped down as Executive Director of Challenge Unlimited at Ironstone Farm, after 37 years of leadership.
Deedee says, "It is time! My passion is still and always will be with Ironstone and I will continue to work in support of the people and programs that are so important to so many." She will continue writing grants and raising money for Ironstone so it can help hundreds of people each week.
Challenge Unlimited at Ironstone Farm has reopened its independent riding program, its veteran-retreat weekends, some Early Intervention therapy and some assisted riding, in accordance with what is possible under state guidelines. Ironstone Farm has lessons by appointment only to conform with social distancing and other state guidelines around COVID-19.
Current guidelines continue to restrict what can be offered at this time. Whenever the state issues new information, Ironstone will assess whether it can expand offerings to other riders, volunteers and program participants, while following all state guidelines and Ironstone’s own commitment to safely improving lives. We look forward to welcoming back all our nonprofit's friends when it is safe to do so
This year our normal "SPONSOR A CHILD" gala donations will be used to support our programs and help our nonprofit continue during this unusual time. We pledge that where possible we will continue to sponsor children whose families need assistance to receive the therapy or therapeutic riding their children need.
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Ironstone Farms premier annual fundraiser, the Spirit of Giving Gala carries a new theme each year, and is always a memorable, fun and meaningful event. This year, the event goes virtual honoring the inimitable Deedee O'Brien, the 37-year executive director and co-founder of Challenge Unlimited at Ironstone Farm.
In addition to the virtual event on Nov. 7, sponsors have the opportunity to schedule a tour and opportunity to meet our horses during the fall. Due to health concerns as a result of COVID-19 we will not have an in-person event with Deedee.
On. Nov. 7, CLICK HERE to join the gala.
Pre-event information, including how to bid on fabulous traditional and "dude ranch" auction items begins at 4:30 during our virtual cocktail hour.