Dear Friends Spring 2011 by fdh56iuoui


									                                                                                                                      Spring 2011
                                                                                                                         volume 4 | issue 1

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   2     Annual Hoe Down Recap
         Barn Kids' Success Stories     3      Tree House Opening
                                               Matthew Kinney                 3     Camp Geronimo
                                                                                    Volunteers Needed
                                                                                                                          Special Insert:
                                                                                                                          2010 Donors

          Friends 
  Dearexciting year 2010 has been for the barn!
  what an
    Hundreds of children                brings enthusiasm for our            International Horse Trials
  participated in individual            programs and experience              was also a success and we
  sessions, field trips and             as a behavioral consultant           were honored to be the
  Camp Geronimo. The joy                for children on the Autism           beneficiary again this year.
  on their faces as they                Spectrum. Numerous                      Our goals for 2011
  interacted with our special           presentations about The              include the hiring of an
  animals encourages us to              Barn were delivered,                 Executive Director, which
  expand the programs in                including at the 2010                is a reflection of our
  2011. A fully-accessible              Regional Conference on               phenomenal growth. Mary              Your support means so
  Tree House was built so that          Developmental Disabilities           Beth, as Founder, will               much to all of us and
  children could experience             at Children’s Hospital of            continue on as the heart             especially to the children
  the pleasure of exploring             Philadelphia, as well as             and soul of The Barn. This           who come to The Barn.
  nature. We are excited to             at A.I. DuPont Hospital in           change will allow her to             Please keep us in mind for
  develop programs for the              Wilmington, Delaware.                focus on representing The            your charitable giving this
  children using this beautiful           The Annual Hoe Down                Barn to the community                year so we can continue
  new area of The Barn.                 was a great success                  and work in other related            to provide children
    We hired a part-time                thanks to our faithful               areas to promote the                 with these enriching
  Director for Program                  supporters and an intrepid           mission of The Barn.                 experiences. Thank you!
  Development who                       group of volunteers – our               We deeply appreciate
  will adapt activities                 thanks to all of them for            the generosity of The
  specifically for children             making this our best year            Barn’s many friends                   Suzanne B. Levy, Ph.D., R.N.
  with Autism. Matt Kinney              ever! Plantation Field               and supporters.                       president
                                                                                                   The Barn
Hoe Down & Harvest Festival Recap
the 3rd annual hoe down was a great success!                                                       Info
Guests received straw hats and red bandannas as they arrived                                       board of directors
at The Barn and square-danced to the music of Summit Hill
Blue Grass Band. Over 200 amazing silent and live auction                                          Officers
items awaited guests as they enjoyed hors d’oeuvres and a                                          Suzanne B. Levy, Ph.D., R.N.
country meal prepared by Northbrook MarketPlace. The Hoe                                           president
Down committee, headed by Judy Kirkwood, Amy Johnson                                               John W. Lee Jr., DVM
and Amy Dance, did an outstanding job of presenting a                                              vice president
wonderful evening for the 200 guests. All funds raised will                                        Judith A. Loglisci, CPA
support The Barn’s programs to enrich the lives of children                                        treasurer
with disabilities. Thank you to all who participated!                                              Carol Wingerd

“Barn growth and friendship
 stories of
                                                                                                   Mary Beth Drobish
                                                                                                   founder + executive director
At the end of Samantha’s weekly visits          Jake is an energetic 5-year-old boy who            Caroline B. Cupp, M.Div.
to The Barn she checks in on each of the        loves playing with “grown-up tools,” filling
                                                                                                   Alan Elko, Ed.D.
horses, sheep, and goats, shuts the gates       water buckets and feeding hay to all of the
                                                                                                   Wynne Milner
and makes sure the animals have what they       barn animals. He first came to The Barn at 3
need for the night. Samantha, 10, has lent      years old after being diagnosed with speech        Donna Oakley
that same joyful presence to new children       and sensory issues. His parents hoped that         Laurie Shertz Robinson
at The Barn, several of whom she has            spending time in the calming environment           Hal Wingerd, Ed.D.
mentored and taught proper grooming and         of the Barn would build Jake’s confidence,
animal care techniques. She loves working       increase his ability to complete tasks and         staff
with Bonnie, our miniature horse, feeding       decrease his separation anxiety. In the past
and walking her through obstacle courses.       two years Jake has flourished at the Barn. He      Mary Beth Drobish
Many may recognize Samantha from her            loves planning the schedule for his weekly         executive director
                           performance as       visits, which                                      Chris Guldin
                           the Hoe Down         often includes                                     barn manager
                           Cowgirl. When        walking and                                        JoAnn Willison
                           Samantha, who        grooming                                           office manager and
                           has cerebral         Dreamer and                                        volunteer coordinator
                           palsy, first came    filling water                                      Camille Piccone
                           to The Barn three    buckets. Jake,                                     program coordinator
                           years ago, her       now extremely                                      Matt Kinney
                           parents were         talkative, also                                    director of program
                           hoping that she      has enjoyed
would be able to work on her balance,           teaching commands to therapy dog, Lincoln.
motor skills and focus. Now they note          “The Barn has been a very rewarding and             contact info
an increase in her strength and ability         important part of Jake’s growth,” according to
                                                                                                   350 Locust Grove Road
to use both hands, though what they             his mother. “Jake has learned so much on so
appreciate most is “seeing Samantha’s           many levels…It has increased his conversation,     West Chester, PA 19382
growth in confidence and independence.”         how to care for animals and how to treat them.     610-793-1037
                                                    Also, he has to follow rules and a schedule,
                                                               which is what Jake needs.”
                                                                      She adds: “It really
                                                                             grounds him!”

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GERONIMO                                     Tree House
                                     Newspring 2011
The Barn will be conducting          In the spring, children attending the Barn will have a new place to
Camp Geronimo during the             explore: the recently completed Tree House, a fully handicapped-
weeks of June 27, July 11 and July   accessible structure where kids of all abilities can play high up in the sky.
25. New this year is one week
of camp devoted entirely to          The Tree House will be          the Tree House will offer.      to have programs in
children with autism. The other      part of the Barn’s new          An enthusiastic committee       place prior to the Ribbon
camp weeks serve children            nature program, which           made up of The Barn’s           Cutting Ceremony on
with cancer, cerebral palsy,         aims to provide educational     Program Coordinator             Saturday, June 4. The Tree
spina bifida, Down syndrome,         experiences as well as          Camille Piccone, Board          House was built by thirty
deafness and sight impairment        sensory and physical            member and volunteer            volunteers from the Men
as well as other disabilities and    opportunities. It will serve    Wynne Milner, volunteer         of Mission program at
chronic illnesses. The camp day      as a central location for       Cathy Medeo and Founder         First Presbyterian Church,
begins with a hay wagon ride         observations, games and         Mary Beth Drobish,              West Chester who donated
to The Barn where children           experiments. Both children      with Giselle Cosentino,         over 800 hours of service.
help care for the farm animals       attending The Barn on a         Education Director for          Funds to cover building
after which they participate         weekly basis and those          the BVA Myrick Center,          materials were contributed
in crafts, music and games all       coming for camp will be         serving as adviser, is          by Marmot Foundation
with an animal theme. There          able to take advantage of       working on some exciting        and Widener Memorial
is a one-to-one camper to            the many recreational and       activities for the children.    Foundation in Aid of
counselor ratio which allows         educational opportunities       The committee plans             Handicapped Children.
activities to be adapted for each

                                     The Barn Welcomes Matthew Kinney
child. Camp Geronimo offers
opportunities for children with
disabilities to be “just kids.”      the new director of program development at the barn
For a brochure or application go
to          The Barn is pleased to          Clinical Director of            strengths and abilities and
or call Jo at 610-793-1037.          welcome Matthew Kinney          Services for Persons with       you learn how to utilize
                                     as the new part-time            Cognitive Disabilities.         those things to help make
                                     Director of Program             Prior to that, he served as     a difference in their lives.”
VOLUNTEERS                           Development. Matt brings
                                     a wealth of knowledge
                                                                     clinical team leader for
                                                                     behavioral services at the
                                                                                                     Of his work at The Barn
                                                                                                     he adds, “I hope to be able
NEEDED                               about autism and other          CCIU Home and Community         to contribute by further
                                     developmental disabilities      Services, where he worked       expanding and developing
In 2010, 193 volunteers              from his extensive              with children, families,        programs at The Barn
contributed 3,662 hours              education and experience        and schools on behavior         to provide the highest
of service to The Barn.              in the field. After receiving   management plans and            quality experience for
Volunteers                           a B.A. in Psychology from       techniques. Matt says,          the children and families
worked with                          Neumann University, he          “One of the things that I       we serve.” The position
children, helped                     completed a Master of Arts      enjoy about working with        of Director of Program
with field trips,                    in Counseling Psychology        children with autism is         Development was made
groomed animals,                     at Immaculata University        that it allows for creativity   possible through grants
maintained                           and a Certificate in Applied    in a number of ways. Each       received from Welfare
gardens and flower                   Behavior Analysis from          child is so unique in their     Foundation and CCRES.
beds and helped                      Penn State. Matt comes to
with building projects. The          us from Connections CSP,
Barn has an ongoing need for         Inc. in Wilmington, DE
volunteers; an application can       where he was
be accessed from our website
or by calling Jo at 610-793-1037.
One hour of time, one day a
week can enrich the life
of a child.

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                                     to who make the Donors
                    Thank Youthose Our 2010barn possible
                     recognition for

Barn Builders                 Hay Makers                  Clifford & Sandra Retzlaff     Michele Parent
($20,000 and above)           ($2,500–$4,999)             David & Laurie Robinson        Peter Zimmerman
Anonymous                     CCRES                       Roemer Foundation                Architects, Inc.
Elizabeth R. Moran            The HBE Foundation          Michael & Denise Rotko         Revak Consulting, LLC
Schmidt Family Foundation     Hoxie Harrison              Siemens Caring                 Rotary Club of Longwood
Springbank Foundation           Smith Foundation            Hands Foundation             John & Brenda Seckinger
Welfare Foundation            Wade & Wendy McDevitt       Douglas C. Walker              H. Donnan Sharp Jones
                              Rafi & Iffat Zaman          Harold & Carol Wingerd         Cuyler & Katie Walker
Paddock Club                                                                             West Chester Psychiatric
($10,000–$19,999)             Groomers                    Pasture Pals                     Associates
Richard & Char-An Ireland     ($1,000–$2,499)             ($500–$999)
                              2004 Carita                 Abbott Bloodstock, Inc.        Corn Huskers
Tractor Team                    Foundation, Inc.          Carol Ann Atterbury            ($100–$499)
($7,500 - $9,999)             Franny & Franny Abbott      Arthur & Sandra Bielby         Bob & Judy Adams
The Hamilton Family           Richard & Ann Abbott        Brandywine Valley              Albero, Kupferman
  Foundation                  Clark Capital Management      Veterinary Hospital Inc.       Associates, LLC
Rotary Club of West Chester     Group, Inc.               C. John Bryer                  John & Barri Alexander
                              CVS Corporation             Carousel Toyota                Rob & Vicki Amand
Loft Loaders                    Community Grant           James Drobish                  Bruce & Sandra Beadle
(5,000–$7,499)                Amy Drobish                 Margaret H. Duprey             Louise Beale
The Crebilly Foundation       Heather Drobish &           Edward H & Dorothy K.          James & Jan Beattie
First Cornerstone               John Harrison               Dickol Foundation, a         Dale & Sara Bonsall
  Foundation                  Rob & Marcy Fenza             fund of the Chester          Nancy S. Brodhead
Roy & Gretchen Jackson        First National Bank           County Community             Jeffrey & Pam Bryer
L.W. Pierce Family              of Chester County           Foundation                   Bruce & Kathryn Burns
  Foundation                  First Presbyterian Church   Alan & Susan Elko              Genesis CareLine
Stuart & Suzanne Levy         Mr. & Mrs. S. Matthews V.   Hugh Lofting                   Margaret B. Cloud
Marmot Foundation                Hamilton, Jr               Timber Framing               Sherri Cornish
Moran Family Charitable       Harry & Carol Heller        Dr. Yutaka Ito                 Kevin & Caroline Cupp
  Foundation                  Hutton Family HeLP Fund     John Milner Architects. Inc.   Cypress Capital
Plantation Field              Craig & Sandy Kalemjian     Kennett Run Charities, Inc.      Management, LLC
  Equestrian Events, Inc.     Robert & Jennifer McNeil    George & Helga Knox            Jeffrey & Julie Drobish
George & Kathleen Saxon       Michael & Anne Moran        Ian & Mary MacKinnon           Michael & Linda Duffy
Widener Memorial              Ken & Moira Mumma           Malvern School                 David MacGregor
  Foundation in Aid of        The Mushroom                  of Glen Mills                  & Carol Elder
  Handicapped Children          Festival, Inc.            William & Ellen Marsden        Henry R. Elser
                              Meagan & Jason Nace         Michael & DD Matz              Ellen E. Endslow
                                                          Charles & Deborah Muhly        John & Jane Fassinger Lee
                                                          Roberta Odell                  Ritson & Julie Ferguson
                                                                                         Albert & Anne Freedman
                                                                                         (continued on reverse)
                                                to who make the Donors
                               Thank Youthose Our 2010barn possible
                                recognition for

(continued from reverse)                         Kevin & Jacqueline Shanley     Eileen R. Evans             Anthony & Gayle
Paul & Esther Gansky                             Slackwood Volunteer            Anna M. Faiola                Mineo Pagano
Arlene Gaynor                                      Fire Company                 Thomas & Jennifer Fanelli   Jason & Sandra Painter
Meredith Graves                                  Walter & Georgie Stapleton     Mary Fetterman              M.C. Palladino
Richard & Victoriya Hageney                      Mr. & Mrs. Charles E.          Nancy & Robert Fetters      Kevin & Barbara Quinn
The Hankin Group                                   Streitweiser                 Katherine Fox               Rare Birds
Richard & Ellen Hannum                           Theraplay, Inc.                Generocity Community        Robert's Roofing, Inc.
Steve & Jean Hardy                               Maia Tolsdorf                    Alliance, Inc.            Richard Rover, Jr.
Allyson Henkel                                   Jennifer Tuori                 Carl & Tara Gordinier       Rebecca K. Roy
David & Darlene Hewett                           Nancy J. Tuttle                Chris & Amy Guldin          Connie A. Schmidt
Diana B. Hinckley                                Unionville Equine              John & Bobby Harrison       Mary Lou Sistowicz
Scott & Jennifer Inglis                            Associates                   John & Marion Harrison      Todd & Christine Sowinski
Dale & Sharlene Kessler                          Thomas & Jacqueline            Harold & Alta Hoffman       Keith & Lee Ann Sullivan
Karl & Jean Kipp                                   Vangrofski                   James A. Hughes, Jr.        Gregory & Amy Suplick
Patrick Kipp                                     William D. Winters, Jr.        Norman & Carol Hunter       Richard & Laura Swink
Kissei America, Inc.                             James & Jean Wolitarsky        Dana Keating                Gustave & Anne Teipelke
James & Janice Kosto                             Robert & Susan Woodward        John & Susan Kile           Carolyn Thorson
Brian & Stephanie Krug                           Bruce Yelton                   Karen L. Kozlowski          Nickolaos Tsouros
Eugene & Mary M. Lanzillo                                                       Margaret Kramer             Edward & Judy
David & Sarah Larned                             Bucket Boosters                Steven & Pamela Kuzmicki      Van Naerssen
Albert & Karen Leary                             (to $99)                       Lynneth Jean Lohse          Eva Verplanck
Judith Loglisci                                  Ron & Jeanne Ahearn            Donna Maiersperger          David Voorhees
Brian Lombardo                                   Vern & Donna Anstee            Catherine Medeo             Carl & Linda Werner
  & Tracy Bach                                   Christina Beale                David & Geneva              Michael & Kristin Wikol
Charles & Moreley Lyddane                        Birchard Bray Company            Moorhead                  Dr. & Mrs. Richard Wilder
Clyde & Taryl McKee                              Robert & Kathy Bird            Keith & Joan Murphy         Edward & Kristine Winnick
Stephanie Middleton                              Robert & Denise Black          Harold & Linda Nichols      Malcolm Kram &
Freeman & Lois Miller                            Robert & Susan Boerner         Evelyn L. Norton              Mark Zwanger
Ann Misenheimer                                  Suzanne Breiseth
Steve & Margaret Mooney                          Earl & Lorie Brown
Donna Oakley                                     Joseph & Barbara Bryer          The Barn Wish List
John & Angela Oakley                             James & Patricia Burnett
Koki Ohashi                                      Linda White &
John & Debra Pflug                                 Eileen Connolly               •	 Ink for HP              •	   Birdseed
Phillip Dutton                                   Daniel Conway                      Photosmart C7280        •	   Laminator
  Eventing, LLC                                  Countryside Consulting, Inc.    •	 Paper Towels            •	   Wireless Printer
Mona Phillips                                    Harry & Ann Cummings            •	 Purell                  •	   Laptop Computer
Paul & Karen Pogozelski                          Rick & Maria Daniels            •	 Cat Food                •	   Binoculars
Nick & Carol Revak                               Veronica Degel
Terry Rickert                                    Delmar Family
James & Marilyn Serum                            Dan & Meg Diskin

This list represents all donations received between 1/1/10–12/31/10.
Every effort was made to ensure the accuracy of this information.
If your name is accidentally omitted, or is spelled incorrectly,
please accept our profound apologies. Thank you for
your support of The Barn at Spring Brook Farm.
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       350 Locust Grove Road | West Chester, PA 19382
          610-793-1037 |

     “Spring Brook Farm is a valuable community
      resource that all families with children who
        have special needs should hear about.”
                rebecca mcclintock, otr/l

2011 Calendar of                                                   THANK YOU
Special Events                                                westtown-thornbury
                                                        A group of 4th & 5th graders from Westtown-Thornbury
Volunteer                        Mark Your               Elementary School’s Junior Respect and Responsibility
Appreciation Week               Calendars Now            Committee present Founder, Mary Beth Drobish, with
april 10–16                     for Our…                   a check for $524.00 to be used for Barn programs.

Camp Geronimo
june 27–july 1                  4th Annual Hoe
july 11–15                      Down Fundraiser
july 25–29                      october 8
A Day at The Farm              …bring a partner
Open House
july 23                        and do-si-do!
Plantation Field
International                   Family Pumpkin
Horse Trials                    Carve Party
september 16–18                 october 15

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