For Immediate Release
Friday, September 14, 2012
Contact: Michelle Krentz
Junior Programs Administrator
Saddlebred Rescue Announces Renewal of Grant
Lexington, Kentucky - Saddlebred Rescue, Inc. is pleased to announce the renewal of its challenge grant from the E.L. and Thelma Gaylord Foundation in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, for a second term.
President Mark McCracken received the good news shortly before Saddlebred Rescue held its Louisville Luncheon fundraising event on Thursday, August 23 at the World’s Championship Horse Show.
McCracken expressed his gratitude to the Foundation saying, “Our concern and objective is to operate the rescue successfully for the long term. We can only do that with a good funding base. This continuing endorsement by the Gaylord Foundation gives us a seal of approval for others to feel comfortable to support us.”
Additionally, McCracken credited the Gaylord Foundation’s support of Saddlebred Rescue as a major factor in its recent accreditation by GFAS (the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries). “With the support of the Gaylord Foundation we have been able to improve our administration and been able to hire professional legal and accounting support. This is one of the principal requirements for any group to be considered by GFAS.”
As with the first award from the Foundation, Saddlebred Rescue stands to receive up to $100,000 if they can raise the needed $400,000 matching amount. The Foundation will base its donation on the amount of money raised each quarter by Saddlebred Rescue, contributing an additional 25% of the monies generated for that quarter, with the amount capped at $100,000 for the two-year period of the grant.
The Gaylord Foundation was established in 1994 to support a wide range of charitable activities, principally associated with the state of Oklahoma. But through the generosity of Mary Gaylord McLean, a Trustee of the Foundation, Saddlebred Rescue was included in the Foundation’s list of beneficiaries.
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