For the past four years, Nancy Later has been a dedicated contributor to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society by fundraising for the Equestrian of the Year program launched by Mary Ann Grant in 2003. To participate, equestrians of all disciplines and levels commit to raising money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and the equestrian who raises the most funds is named “Equestrian of the Year” at the annual benefit party. www.lls.org/pbeq.com.
In 2009, Nancy added a new twist to her contributions – the sale of custom T-shirts. Nancy’s friend Asaf Shiloni donated T-shirts from his new company called “Mr. Positive.” The T-shirts feature inspiring messages such as “Anything is Possible with a Positive Mind” and “Dream Positive.” Nancy’s friend Sylvia Evans embroidered the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society logo patch on the T-shirts. Nancy’s working student Ariel Matisse and Charlie and Lisa Tota of Euro American Saddlery helped sell them. Charlie and Lisa set up a table at horse shows with the T-shirts and also displayed information about the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
“Charlie was wonderful and very helpful,” Nancy said. “He always donates items to our silent auction and he always comes to the party and donates money. He’s been a supporter for years. He’s great.”
Though the Equestrian of the Year fundraising timeframe is September through February, Nancy has arranged for the T-shirts to be sold throughout 2009. “The T-shirts are a wonderful match for this fundraiser,” she said. “We will continue to sell them now at On Course Consignment as well as through Euro American Saddlery.”
Nancy was also grateful to Barbara Marks, who has supported the Equestrian of the Year program every year since Mary Ann launched it. “Barbara Marks was the biggest contributor to my fundraising efforts this year,” Nancy says. “She gave me a big check for $1,000!”
Nancy also encouraged all of her clients to attend the 7th Annual Cocktail Party and Silent Auction on February 12, 2009, and to donate items to the silent auction. Mary Ann Grant hosted the party at her Grant Farms in Wellington. “Clients, friends and family – we all get together for the party,” Nancy relates. “Grant Farms was a really wonderful setting this year. It was also very successful money-wise. For this economy, people were very supportive of it.”
Nancy has close friends and distant family members that have been afflicted with leukemia, including a dear friend’s young son and a former student who is now in college and healthy. “People diagnosed now have more possibilities for their lives because of the cures available made possible by the research we help fund,” Nancy notes. “The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society is a wonderful organization and the people are so energetic and fantastic!”