CLIFTON, Va., Jan. 12, 2018 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Jean and Ric Edelman, founders of Edelman Financial Services, were recognized today for their $500,000 donation to the Northern Virginia Therapeutic Riding Program (NVTRP) during a groundbreaking ceremony for the organization’s Build to Thrive Capital Campaign project. The donation will help NVTRP expand its facilities to allow for year-round equine-assisted therapeutic activities with the creation of an indoor riding arena that will include a climate-controlled observation area and education room.
Jean and Ric have supported the program for more than a decade, with their contributions helping NVTRP expand its therapeutic equine-assisted programming. Currently, the organization reaches 350 unique riders each year, including children and adults with disabilities, at-risk youth, military service personnel and their families. With the help of this donation, NVTRP will be able to help even more community members.
“This project is very special to Ric and me. Through the experience of one of our family members, we’ve seen the positive impact therapeutic horseback riding can have,” said Jean Edelman. “Seeing the dedication and strength from the participants, whether it is at-risk youth seeking a more positive experience or veterans overcoming issues such as post-traumatic stress disorder, inspires us to do what we can to ensure riders can continue to benefit from NVTRP’s great work.”
“Jean and Ric Edelman’s donation is instrumental in the execution of the Build to Thrive Capital Campaign project,” said Kelsey Gallagher, executive director of NVTRP. “We appreciate their engagement and support of NVTRP and look forward to seeing these improvements come to life so that more riders in the community can benefit from equine-assisted therapy.”
To date, the campaign has raised more than $2.9 million. In addition to allowing for year-round programs, the campaign will provide the opportunity for NVTRP to add new services, including equine-assisted psychotherapy. For more information on the Build to Thrive campaign, visit www.nvtrp.org.
About Jean Edelman
Jean Edelman, co-founder of Edelman Financial Services, is one of the most successful women in the Washington, D.C., business community. While Ric emphasizes the more traditional elements of personal finance, Jean focuses on The Other Side of Money, sharing her insights to help us see ourselves and the world around us in a positive, loving way. Jean serves on several corporate and nonprofit boards, including an appointment to the Rowan University Board of Trustees in 2012 by New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. As a student, Jean was