Lovelane Special Needs Horseback Riding Program awarded $30,000
From Weston Reunion Fund, Inc. Class of 1971
Lincoln, MA, July 19, 2017 – Lovelane Special Needs Horseback Riding Program was awarded $30,000 from the Weston Reunion Fund, Inc.
Founded in Weston in 1988 and is now located in Lincoln, Lovelane is recognized by the Boston pediatric medical community for its innovative approach in providing therapeutic horseback riding to 130 children with disabilities each week. A strong volunteer corps of 210 volunteers assist in daily sessions, 7-days a week, year-round.
Weston Reunion Fund, Inc. committee member Steve Bruneau was the 2017 recipient of the Lester A. Rosen Humanitarian Award. It is the most prestigious award given by Ameritas. The award is given annually to one of the company’s independent financial representatives who has achieved great professional success while maintaining a high level of commitment to community service. Mr. Bruneau’s company, Boston 128 Companies, is an independent financial services firm in Weston, MA.
Lovelane is one of several non-profits selected by the Weston Reunion Fund, Inc. who initiated a fundraising campaign to not only benefit others in the community, but to make their 50th reunion impactful. Ameritas gave the Weston Reunion Fund, Inc. $20,000 to which the class added an additional $10,000 and awarded Lovelane funds for continuing therapy and for the purchase of horses—Lovelane’s most important therapeutic tool. Class of 1971 Weston Reunion Fund, Inc. committee members include Steve Bruneau, Patty Wright, Tom Keery, Peter Kellogg, Peter Fenn and John Weston.
“It is such an honor to be recognized by the Weston High School Class of 1971”, said former Weston High graduate, and Lovelane founder Debby Sabin. “Weston is where Lovelane started almost thirty years ago.”
“It is our goal at Lovelane to make a life-changing impact on each special needs child that comes to Lovelane. The generous grant from the Weston Reunion Fund, Inc. will directly impact and support the children we serve.”
Lovelane relies on fundraising for 60% of their $1 million annual operating budget. “This grant will help us continue to focus our time and attention on providing individual therapeutic goal focused sessions to all of our clients. It is thrilling to experience the independence and gains that we see in this type of therapeutic setting on a daily basis.” said founder and Lovelane Executive Director, Debby Sabin.
Weston High School ’71 class member Steve Bruneau said, “On behalf of the Weston High School Class of 1971 and the very generous people at Ameritas, we are humbled and privileged to help in a small way the incredible work being done at Lovelane. We hope this is the first of many charitable projects funded by the Weston Reunion Fund, Inc.”
The Weston High School Class of 1971 originally had 203 members. Today, alumni supporting The Weston Reunion Fund, Inc. are scattered across the country and even around the world. The class hopes the establishment of this permanent 501(c)(3) nonprofit, in anticipation of our 50th reunion in 2021, will shine for many years into the future as an example of a community coming together for the common good.