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Leadership fundraiser benefits equestrian therapy

August 24, 2019 Digital Media Exclusive

Jennifer Signorino competes Saturday afternoon at Pullman Park during a cornhole tournament to raise money for an equine therapy program. The tournament was held by the Butler County Chamber of Commerce Leadership Class 2019.

Dozens of people gathered at the city's Pullman Park Saturday afternoon to play a cornhole tournament and raise money for therapy horses.

Each year the Butler County Chamber of Commerce's Leadership Class picks a project to support. This year, the members chose to raise money for an equine therapy program operated by Glade Run Lutheran Services in Zelienople where children and adults with mental disabilities and special needs work with horses for therapeutic purposes.

The arenas where the horses walk need repaired, according to Jordan Grady, the commerce's executive director.

To fix the walkways, the leadership program decided to raise $30,000. The group has already raised $25,000 and hopes the cornhole tournament will help it reach the goal.

“As a nonprofit, we often rely on the community for these kinds of things,” said Steven Green, president of Glade Run. “I'm so thankful to the chamber and the leadership class. I consider these people my friends and I couldn't be happier for the county, knowing these people will be leaders in our communities.”

To raise the funds, the Pullman Park Toss Cornhole Tournament entry fee was $30 per person and 24 teams of two competed for a first place cash prize.

“I think this is a great idea. I'm all about good cause fundraisers and raising money for kids,” said Jennifer Signorino between rounds at the tournament. Her team was called Kate's Crushers.