2014 Grant Recipients

Ryan House

The Davignon Charitable Fund awarded a grant to Ryan House to provide fresh fruit and vegetables to the food pantry.  Ryan House provides respite and hospice care to seriously ill children and their families.

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Camelot Therapeutic Horsemanship

The Davignon Charitable Fund awarded general operating support to Camelot in the Summer of 2013, and additional financial support has been provided for Hooves and Heroes as well as the Fall fundraising event, Starry Nights.  This unique therapeutic riding program is dedicated to assisting persons with disabilities to attain their goals through horsemanship.  Their mission is to improve the quality of life for children and adults with disabilities through programs that promote independence and develop self-esteem.  Camelot was founded in 1983, it serves 20 to 30 riders per week and has never charged for a lesson.

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Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center

In 2014, we awarded a grant to BOEC to help with the cost of purchasing a new program van.  The van will be used throughout the year to transport participants and the gear it takes to enable disabled persons to access the outdoors in Summer and Winter.  For over 35 years the BOEC has been making outdoor experiences and adventures accessible to persons with  physical and developmental disabilities, persons suffering from life threatening disorders as well at risk youth from across the country.

 

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Virginia G. Piper Sports & Fitness Center for Persons with Disabilities (SpoFit)

The funds provided transportation services students with physical, emotional and developmental disabilities to attend after school sports and recreation programs at SpoFit.  These funds address a specific need in the Phoenix school district that has had to cut back on adaptive physical education programs due to budget constraints.   SpoFit is a full service adaptive recreation center located in central Phoenix, dedicated to providing sports and recreation opportunities to persons with disabilities in the community.

In November 2013, the Davignon Charitable Fund awarded another grant to SpoFit for two unique programs:  the first provides admission punch cards to disabled service members and their families through a program in cooperation with the Veterans’ Adminsitration and the VA Hospital in Phoenix; the second provides assistance with entry fees and other fees associated with training for competitions through Team SpoFit.  Team SpoFit helps disabled athletes prepare for competition level activities including races including half-marathons and marathons.  The funds from DCF will enable to participants to focus on training knowing their entry fees have been covered.

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