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Equine Dreams Receives $12.5K Grant From Community Foundation

Valley Free Press – Local News for DeKalb County, Illinois

Construction of Hay Storage Building

NEWARK — Equine Dreams recently announced it has received a grant from the Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley. The grant of $12,500 will be applied toward the construction of a hay storage building.

“It will be immensely helpful to be able to accept and store donations of hay, as well as purchase hay when costs are lower and store for the year. This will decrease our overall hay bill, making the program more financially stable in our depressed economy,” said Windy Kopecky, board member and instructor for Equine Dreams.

“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,” Kopecky said.

The Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley is a non-profit 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.

For more information on the Community Foundation, visit

Equine Dreams is a not-for-profit therapeutic horseback riding program dedicated to providing free sessions to children and adults with disabilities.  The horse provides a unique multidimensional tool. The organization provides services to between 70 and 100 participants in Kendall County and several surrounding counties each week.  The program is unique in that services are provided at no charge. The qualified staff is all volunteers with six PATH International certified therapeutic riding instructors, including one physical therapist and one occupational therapist.

For more information on Equine Dreams, visit

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Cris Anderson

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

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

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

Marianne Renner

Past Scholarship Recipient & Current Leadership Coach

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

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

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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