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Midwest Horse Welfare Foundation to Receive Nonprofit Grant
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 01/10/2014

A central Wisconsin group that works with horse retirement and adoption programs will receive a $10,000 grant from the Sentry Insurance Foundation. The Pittsville-based Midwest Horse Welfare Foundation was one of five finalists for the award, which goes to a nonprofit group that make a positive difference in society.

The MHWF is co-directed by Scott and Karen Bayerl. They say the gift couldn't come at a better time because they are running the operation with a broken-down skid steer and have veterinarian bills that continue to add up.

The Sentry Insurance Foundation began its social media campaign to give away the funds last fall. Visitors were able to go on Facebook and nominate and vote on organizations they support.

The Midwest Horse Welfare Foundation is a volunteer group that takes in horses in need and seeks to place them in homes. Over the past 13 years, they adopted out more than 1,000 horses.

Other finalists were the Boys & Girls Club of Portage County; Camp Kesem, a University of Wisconsin-Madison student-run summer camp for kids with a parent who has or has had cancer; Evergreen Community Initiatives, the outreach wing of Evergreen Church in Stevens Point;, and the Humane Society of Portage County, each of which received a $2,500 gift.

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