Pal-O-Mine Equestrian (www.pal-o-mine.org, Islandia, NY), a private, not for profit organization providing a comprehensive therapeutic equine program using horses to facilitate growth, learning and healing for children and adults with disabilities, was recently awarded $25,000 from The Clark Gillies Foundation (www.clarkgillies.org) to be used for students with neurological disorders.
Pal-O-Mine founder and Executive Director Lisa Gatti said, “This incredibly generous contribution from the Clark Gillies Foundation will be extremely valuable in enabling us to provide more students with serious neurological disorders the opportunity to benefit from our various equine therapy programs. Horses are very sensitive and empathetic beings. For individuals with such conditions as autism, pervasive development disorder, attention deficit disorder, mental retardation, cerebral palsy, traumatic brain injury, multiple sclerosis and many other neurological and developmental disorders , as well as behavioral problems, they can be a tremendous resource. Clinical research has shown that being in the company of horses actually changes human brainwave patterns and create a very positive effect.”
Pictured here from left to right are: Clark Gillies, founder of The Clark Gillies Foundation; “Goliath” (the horse); Lisa Gatti, Executive Director of Pal-O-Mine Equestrian, Inc.; Kevin Fee, Advisory Board Member of The Clark Gillies Foundation, and Dianne Carroll of The Clark Gillies Foundation.
About Pal-O-Mine Equestrian
Founded in 1995 by Lisa Gatti, Pal-O-Mine is a private, not for profit organization providing a comprehensive therapeutic equine program using horses to facilitate growth, learning and healing for children and adults with disabilities, as well as those who have been abused or neglected, veterans and the economically compromised. Pal-O-Mine offers a broad range of programs including and these programs are provided at Pal-O-Mine’s unique, fully accessible eight-acre facility in the Village of Islandia on Long Island, which encompasses: a 20-stall barn; indoor riding arena; run-in sheds; adaptive equipment such as mounting ramps and customized tack; dressage and lesson rings; therapy room; picnic area; farm animals; and administrative offices. Pal-O-Mine currently has a herd of 19 therapy horses. The organization relies on grants and contributions from private citizens, foundations and businesses to help raise funds. Towards this goal, Pal-O-Mine has an “Adopt a Horse” program to help underwrite the $8,000 per horse per year expense it incurs, a Wish List for various items required to sustain its services, a Pave-It-Forward brick pavers purchase campaign, and various fundraising events such as its annual golf outing. For more information on Pal-O-Mine, visit: www.pal-o-mine.org
About The Clark Gillies Foundation
The Clark Gillies Foundation is a non-profit corporation developed to help children who are physically, developmentally, and/or financially challenged. This assistance can be in the form of payments for medical services, family financial aid, events to enhance the quality of life, and many other forms. The Foundation’s goal is to help children improve the quality of life and be of assistance in a time of crisis. For more information on The Clark Gillies Foundation, visit: www.clarkgillies.org
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Ellen Lear of Riverhead has joined the board of directors at Pal-O-Mine in Islandia, a nonprofit that provides therapeutic equine programs for children and adults with disabilities. She is a mental health professional who practices equine-assisted psychotherapy and learning.
(Credit: Domingo Cuaya)
From Left: Robert Murphy- Treasurer for Splashes of Hope, Lisa Gatti- Director and creator of Pal-O-Mine Equestrian, Inc., My Cousin Vinnie, Bob and Dana (not present) Bigler– generous funder for the project and Diana Fogarty- Splashes of Hope Artist
Lisa Gatti along with the special people who were able to make one of her dreams a reality, proudly cut the ribbon to unveil the first phase of the Splashes of Hope mural on Pal-O-Mine's Barn. This is Splashes of Hope's fourth project with Pal-O-Mine Equestrian.