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Money from Aiken Charity Horse Shows distributed to local organizations

September 3, 2018

The Aiken Charity Horse Shows provided opportunities for hundreds of horses and riders to compete at the Aiken Horse Park Foundation’s Bruce’s Field in May.

In addition, the events raised money for several local nonprofits.

On Aug. 31, Horse Park Foundation President Jack Wetzel and Charity Horse Shows Chairwoman Shawna Dietrich presented checks for $10,000 apiece to the Community Medical Clinic of Aiken County, Aiken Senior Life Services and Friends of the Animal Shelter, or FOTAS.

According to information provided by the Horse Park Foundation, the Community Medical Clinic plans to use the money it received to provide medications and diabetic supplies to its patients in need.

For Aiken Senior Life Services, the donation will help fund programs for the elderly and transportation services.

FOTAS will use the money to pay for the transportation costs to transfer animals to the Aiken County Animal Shelter’s established rescue partners and also to support its foster care program.

The Animal Shelter receives approximately 5,000 dogs and cats each year.

“FOTAS works with the shelter to save every adoptable animal,” wrote the organization’s president, Jennifer Miller in an email. “As so many animals are received, they cannot all be locally adopted. FOTAS supplements or local adoptions with transfer programs.”

For more information about the Horse Park Foundation, Bruce’s Field and the Aiken Charity Horse Shows, call 803-226-0121 or visit aikenhorsepark.org.

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