On November 24th Santa Claus visited Lend A Hand for the Annual Fundraiser Childrens’ Christmas Party. The weather was wonderful as Santa arrived thanks to the Cranston Fire Department where he was greeted by many excited families. There were arts and crafts with the help of Mrs. Claus, facepainting by Mobile Arts Classroom, Ron the Balloonatic, pony rides with the help of LAH volunteers, hot chocolate and donuts from Dunkin’ Donuts, special guests including Mrs. Cranston and Miss Rhode Island helping out at various activities plus a DJ playing music to really set the mood.
Did you notice all the improvements at Lend A Hand? On September 20th, CVS Caremark organized 80 of their employees to volunteer for a day to help beautify the farm by painting fences, making repairs, improving our interactive riding trail, cleaning equipment and other odd jobs that were long overdue. It was a beautiful September day to be outdoors with the horses nearby. Thank you CVS and all the employees who volunteered!!
Thank you to all our sponsors, volunteers and attendees at our Annual Benefit Dinner. It was a huge success and we hope all involved had a great time! The entertainment for the evening was Matty B on the saxophone, Tony Cerbo (the next best thing to Michael Bublé!) and Shutterbooth creating great memories! Alex and Ani provided a bangle bar with beautiful locally made jewelry. Thank you also to all the other generous donors for the silent auction and raffles.
Lend A Hand would also like to thank our Platinum SponsorsOcean State Job Lot and P.J. Keating along with our Gold SponsorsDiMartino Associates, Inc., Moses & Afonso, Ltd., Fay Law Associates, Shutterbooth and Moses Brothers Inc. Please support our sponsor as they support us!
A huge congratulations (and Happy Birthday!) to the winner of the 2012 Tom Citak Volunteer award, Denise Samborski-Pailthorpe. Denise is at the farm almost everyday since she started volunteering by grooming horses and preparing them for lessons. Denise always has smile on her face and makes everyone feel like part of the LAH family when they arrive at the farm. Thank you Denise for all your hard work and dedication, everyone at LAH appreciates your friendship and generosity.
Santa arrived at Lend A Hand this past Saturday, 26th November, via a Cranston Fire Rescue truck. There was a great turn out of approximately 90 children to sit on Santa’s knee to whisper their Christmas lists, have pony rides, face painting, arts and crafts as well as receive a balloon creation from Ron Sargent the Balloonatic.
We want to thank all the wonderful volunteers, families and sponsoring businesses that made this event a great success for all the children who attended. You can view the photographs by clicking here. There are instructions for your free download of your children’s photos as well.
And we can’t forget to thank all the guests who attended the night, participating in the raffles. Please enjoy the slideshow of photohraphs below taken during the night or click on the slideshow to view the photogallery.
Last but not least, the “Tom Citak Award” for 2010 was presented to Ann Walter. Thank you Ann for all the time and dedication helping Lend A Hand put smiles on the faces of many children, parents and friends who benefit at Lend A Hand.
Lessons are on running on schedule.
Session 2 Makeup Week is June 24 - 29.
We are closed for Vacation Week June 30 - July 6, and we are closed for Volunteer Week July 8 - July 13.
Session 3 begins July 15.