PMC puts S.M.I.L.E.S. on gift list

Contribution used for helmets, games and tack

(Published Dec. 18, 2006, 11:38 a.m.)

This year the employees of Power Merchandising Corp. (PMC), 221 E. Walworth Ave., Delavan, 728-1370, a distributor of consumer electronics located in Delavan, decided to do something special at their annual holiday party. Rather than participating in their usual gift exchange, they decided to contribute their monies to a special group.

S.M.I.L.E.S. is a non-profit organization founded in 1985, offering therapeutic and recreational horsemanship lessons to children and adults with disabilities. S.M.I.L.E.S. offers challenged individuals of all ages the joy of participating in an equine-assisted program which provides social, emotional, physical and personal rewards. Horseback riding can be adapted so anyone can see success and progress with their efforts - and it is fun, rewarding and challenging.

According to Sherry Monty, director of administration at S.M.I.L.E.S., the PMC employees' contribution will help with new games for their arena, new helmets for the riders or various kinds of reins and stirrups for their horses. A number of their horses are a little up there in years and experience some arthritis. A joint supplement makes them more comfortable and, in turn, offers a more fluid movement to their riders with disabilities.

To "pay it forward," when PMC's president, Joe Corrigan, heard of the employees' gift, he announced the company would match their contribution.

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