LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 15, 2014) – The Kentucky Equine Education Project (KEEP) has created a new initiative to foster economic impact for the equine industry in Kentucky.
The KEEP Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)(3) grassroots organization that will provide funding grants for equine organizations throughout the state. Newly elected officers for the KEEP Foundation are Chairman Fred Sarver, owner of Cornerstone Saddlebred Farm in Carlisle and proprietor of Sarver Equine LLC in Paris; Vice Chairman David Blee, principle owner of Runnymede Farm in Paris; and Treasurer Jim Mahan, owner of Mahan Farms in Lexington.
The mission of KEEP is to promote and educate Kentuckians about the importance of the equine industry to the state, and to fund grants to non-profit Kentucky equine groups. Since 2005, KEEP has provided educational events, seminars and supported 4-H, FFA and youth groups in the state. The Foundation will work in tandem with KEEP to assist the commonwealth with grants and funding for a wide range of equine and Grassroots programs.
“The KEEP Foundation will work diligently to assist a diverse number of programs and events that need direct financial support,” said Bob Heleringer, executive director of KEEP. “As a KEEP member, supporter and employee, I am excited for the opportunity to seek out more supporters and sources of funding for our much needed Grassroots Program.”
The Foundation, KEEP and The Kentucky Equine Education Project’s Grassroots Committee, supported by Fasig-Tipton, are united in delivering the message that “Horses Work for Kentucky.” The KEEP Foundation will be housed in the offices of KEEP and will share staff personnel. For more information, call toll free 866-771-KEEP (5337).