SACO — Saco & Biddeford Savings Institution recently donated $1,500 to help fund the Sensory Trail, part of the LaDawn Quarter Horses Therapeutic Riding Center, located in Dayton. The center is raising funds for a new half-mile Sensory Trail and riding equipment for children with disabilities.
The Sensory Trail will benefit children with neurological and developmental disabilities, including patients with sensory processing disorder, a condition where sensory signals received by the body are not processed correctly. Research suggests that a riding trail with sensory stations that appeals to the patient’s senses of sight, touch and sound can achieve notable, and sometimes even significant, results.
“Saco and Biddeford Savings is proud to support LaDawn Quarter Horses Therapeutic Riding Center as they continue to provide resources to children with disabilities in York and Cumberland counties,” said Bob Quentin, President and CEO of SBSI. “We hope the community will join us in raising funds for this new Sensory Trail.”
The trail exposes the children to fun, immersive stimuli in the form of flora, fauna and man-made stations strategically placed along the trail and designed with a variety of colors, sounds and textures for varied sensory and emotional engagement.
“We are very thankful for the support of Saco and Biddeford Savings,” said Donna Lariviere, executive director of LaDawn Quarter Horses Therapeutic Riding Center. “Their generous contribution not only gets us closer to reaching our fundraising goal, but it also helps us continue to improve our patient’s physical, mental and emotional lives.”
The organization is aiming to reach their fundraising goal of just under $39,000 by the end of the year in hopes that the Sensory Trail will be ready by 2019. Donors at the riding center’s Triple Crown fundraising event recently matched the funds donated from SBSI.
Since 2002, LaDawn Quarter Horses Therapeutic Riding Center has provided equine assisted therapy that has helped hundreds of patients better cope with their emotions, relationships and physical environments. For more information on how you can helpLaDawn Quarter Horses Therapeutic Riding Center, please contact Donna Lariviere at (207) 499-0080 or Donna.Lariviere@ladawntherapeuticridingcenter.org.
About Saco & Biddeford Savings
Founded in 1827, Saco & Biddeford Savings is Maine’s Oldest Bank with locations in Saco, Biddeford, Old Orchard Beach, Portland, Scarborough, South Portland and Westbrook. A leader in community banking, SBSI has contributed more than $3.8 million to area organizations over the last 10 years and continues to support the needs of the communities it serves. For more information, visit www.sbsavings.bank or on Twitter at @SBSavings. Member FDIC and an Equal Housing Lender.