Support WUOT today and you’ll be a real STAR!

Oct 30, 2014

  Today is Community Partnership Day! If you donate  between 6 a.m. and 8 p.m., your pledge will count toward our goal of 400 pledges. And if we reach 400 pledges, you’ll help the Shangri-La Therapeutic Academy of Riding (STAR) get a much-needed facelift.

If we receive 400 pledges by 8 p.m. today, two different couples, Mark and Heather Murphy of Boulder Designs, and Tom and Janice Christman, will donate $5,000 worth of signage and landscaping to give STAR’s entrance a new look.

The Shangri-La Therapeutic Academy of Riding is dedicated to fostering personal achievement by providing therapeutic experiences using horse-related activities for persons with disabilities or other special challenges.

STAR works with individuals from age four to seniors who have physical, mental and neurological disabilities, as well as at-risk youth and wounded Veterans. This important nonprofit serves people in 11 East Tennessee counties.

  Since 1987, STAR’s logo featured a person coming out of a wheelchair onto a horse because the program focused solely on riding. The original sign is worn and needs to be replaced, AND STAR has a new logo, so a new sign is needed. STAR recently added a horse-partnership program for at-risk youth as well as a program for wounded warriors with traumatic brain injury, PTSD, sensory loss and amputation. These individuals did not see themselves reflected in the old design, so STAR created a new logo. It features a horse shoe, which, in addition to being a symbol of luck, is a symbol of strength and safe harbor. The new logo is designed to show that all participants in STAR programs have a safe place to expand their abilities and succeed. 

All of your donation will fund WUOT, but if you donate today, you can help a worthy nonprofit that changes people’s lives.

Today is a chance to ensure a strong WUOT Public Radio, help a nonprofit get a facelift and make our community a better place. Please call 865-974-5500 or 888-266-9868 or donate online right now. Thank you! 

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