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2010 Kassell Challenge! Must be met by December 31st!

posted December 10, 2010

Dear Members and friends,

As many of you know, the riding rings at Southlands, particularly the indoor ring and the dressage ring, are in need of refurbishment. Some immediate patchwork has been undertaken to the indoor ring to get us through the winter months. To address long term improvements, we need to raise significant capital funds.

We have kicked off a capital campaign to raise $30,000 for improvements to the dressage ring. The proposed improvements include construction of a larger ring with the dressage ring contained within. This will give the ring more usability for multiple lessons and general riding space. We have raised $10,000 to date for this effort. Burton Kassell has generously stepped in to offer Southlands a $10,000 1:1 matching grant – which will take us to our $30,000 goal provided we meet the challenge! Here I ask for your help.

We need to meet the 2010 $10,000 Kassell Challenge by December 31st of this year. Imagine what a celebration we will have if we manage to meet the challenge by the December 4th gala! Parents of our junior riders, please consider making a donation in your child’s name as a special part of their holiday gift. No amount is too small. Southlands’s vitality in raising funds, both in terms of dollars raised and membership participation, not only benefits this capital project but will strengthen our ability to win outside grants for future projects (think indoor ring!).

Contact Sophia at the TSF office to make your pledge ( or 876-4862), or post your pledge on the sign up board at the barn. We have seven weeks to meet this challenge. Please help us make this happen.

Thank you,
Rebecca Gott, Chair of The Southlands Fundraising Committee


Contributors to Date

Nancy Strohsahl-$1,000

Lisa Apfel- $1,000

The Kearney Family-$1,000

Allison King- $1,000


Deborah Beatrice-$750

Suzanne Battenfeld-$500

Nieuwenhuizen Family-$500

Crystal Oakes-$500

Helen VanderVoort-$250

McCready Kearney-$200

Shelby Rogers-$100

Olivia Charles-$100

Pam Molyneux-$100

The VanParys Family-$100

Richard Fisher-$100

Peggy LaBelle-$50

The Quackenbush Family-$50

Barbara Rice

Jeanne Desanna