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Community Foundation Awards Equine Dreams $10,000 Grant

December 2016
For immediate release

Equine Dreams is pleased to announce that it is the recipient of a $10,000 grant from the Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley.  The funds will be used to purchase a tractor. “A tractor keeps Equine Dreams future operating costs down through allowing us to manage our property independently. We will not have to hire someone to plow our drive in the winter, and will be able to manage our pastures and maintain our sensory trail. Our heartfelt thanks go out to the Community Foundation for their continued support of our mission.  We appreciate their confidence in our ability to continue to provide a truly unique and beneficial service to this community.” said Windy Kopecky, board member and instructor for Equine Dreams.


About Equine Dreams

Equine Dreams is a 501c3 not-for- profit organization that provides Therapeutic Equine Assisted Activities to children, adults and Veterans with disabilities. They provide services to over 100 participants in Kane, DeKalb, Kendall and several surrounding counties each week. Their program is unique in that they provide services at no charge. Their very qualified staff is all volunteers; with 11 PATH International Registered Therapeutic Riding Instructors, 1 PATH Advanced Therapeutic Riding Instructor, including one physical therapist, one occupational therapist and one audiologist. For more information on Equine Dreams, visit their website at:


About the Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley

The Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley is a non-profit, tax-exempt, philanthropic organization that administers individual charitable funds from which grants and scholarships are distributed to benefit the citizens of the Greater Aurora Area, the TriCities and Kendall County, Illinois.

Founded in 1948, the Foundation provides a simple and powerful approach to charitable giving. Individuals, families, businesses and organizations have the opportunity to custom design their own named funds that reflect their charitable goals and interests. Since its inception, the Community Foundation has grown to more than $75 million in assets and has awarded more than $60 million in grants and scholarships. For more information on the Foundation, visit


From: Windy Kopecky, Board Member and Head Instructor for Equine Dreams;, (630)553-6950

…you can always start small, even $25 can make a difference. Remember we can’t take our money with us. Even if it’s just your gift of time. Volunteer and get involved.

Cris Anderson

Cristina & Thomas S. Anderson Endowment Fund | Tom & Cris Anderson Colonial Advisory Fund

There’s no question in my mind that the scholarship I received opened up possibilities.

Marianne Renner

Past Scholarship Recipient & Current Leadership Coach

We chose the Community Foundation because of its reputation. It’s well known, established and we can trust them to do the job for us.

Dick Schindel

Richard and Susan Schindel Scholarship Funds

As a first-generation college student from a low-income family, I was worried about how I was going to pay for books and supplies. This scholarship will allow me to focus more on my studies instead of worrying about how to afford college. I am working to not only create opportunities for myself but to motivate future generations. Thank you so much for helping me along this journey!

Moises J.

Claude & Alice Allen Memorial Scholarship Recipient

A community foundation is a donor-driven organization that helps donors custom-design funds that reflect their charitable interests. Through the years, grants from these funds have made a significant impact on our local communities.

Sharon Stredde

President Emeritus

Thank you very much for supporting my college education for these four years. I will never be able to repay you for the opportunity that this scholarship has given to me.

Julia H.

[Renewing Scholarship Recipient] Graduate of Hinkley-Big Rock High School

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