The Grey Mare Societyï¿½s third annual Ride the Trail to a Cure was held on October 4. Riders met in a large grassy field across from Penn State- Mont alto to register and begin the ride through the Michaux State Forest. The weather was sunny and the fall foliage added to the beauty of the eight mile ride. When the riders returned, they enjoyed a delicious lunch prepared by Grey Mare, Linda Geesaman, her daughters and staff.
70 participants from 4 states ï¿½ one group from Delaware ï¿½ raised over $12,000.00 for two organizations: Breast Cancer Awareness-Cumberland Valley (BCA-CV) and the Pennsylvania Breast Cancer Coalition (PBCC). All participants with $50.00 or more in sponsorships received an insulated bag or poncho. The top ten received a bag filled with gifts, a cowboy hat and another gift of their choice. The top participant, Ron Hartle, raised $1305.00.
The Grey Mare Society sincerely appreciates the effort of the riders and volunteers who participated and the donors who sponsored them. We also thank the prize and food sponsors: Penn State ï¿½ Mont Alto, Giant Food, AC & T, Tractor Supply Company, Robert Woodworth, A Fitting Place, Lone Oak Ltd. Tack Shop, Pittmanï¿½s Tack Shop, McCauleyï¿½s Feed and Tack, Gary Garrison ï¿½ Pepsi, Weis, Martinï¿½s Food, Geesaman Distribution, The Saddle Shop - Don Lovedahl, Broken B Tack - Jim Bragunier, Janet Morgan Baskets, Gartenberg Jewelers, Snider Jewelers, Kunstler Gallery, Sniders Feed and Tack, Willowtree Gifts, Route Five Gifts, The Butcher Shop, John Koons, Matt Hurley Auctions, Valentine Beauty Shop, Pennsylvania Department of Transportation and the many others who contributed and worked to make this event happen.
The money raised went to BCA-CV that has local support groups in South Central Pennsylvania, MD and WV, and to PBCC that covers all of PA. Both of these non-profit organizations create the hope of a brighter tomorrow by providing action and information to women with breast cancer today.
Our CONGRATULATIONS to the Red Hat Riders who had a very successful first Ride the Trail to a Cure May 17. 2008 at The League Of Maryland Horsemen in Marriottsville, Md.ï¿½ Theyï¿½raised over $20,000.00ï¿½for The Red Devils, a local breast cancer support group.ï¿½ï¿½We were pleased to help and encourage other groups to organize a Ride the Trail to a Cure.ï¿½