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SHR Charities

The Steel Horse Rally Board of Directors is proudly selected four charities to benefit from the 2017 Rally: Heroes on the Water – River Valley Arkansas Chapter, The Buddy Smith Veterans Home, Earthbound Angels, and the Fort Smith Museum of History. The Steel Horse Rally Inc. is proud to present charitable donations of $4,000 to each of these charities in 2017!
Congratulations to these charities and thanks to all of the charities who applied.
Applications for charities to apply for donations from from the 2018 Steel Horse Rally will be available in Fall of 2017.
The Steel Horse Rally Inc. presents a charitable donation of $4,000 to the Fort Smith Museum of History. (Image courtesy of Thunder TV)
The Steel Horse Rally Inc. presents a charitable donation of $4,000 to the Buddy Smith Veterans Home. (Image courtesy of Thunder TV)
The Steel Horse Rally Inc. presents a charitable donation of $4,000 to the ARC of the River Valley. (Image courtesy of Thunder TV)
The Steel Horse Rally Inc. presents a charitable donation of $4,000 to Earthbound Angels. (Image courtesy of Thunder TV)

2017 Charities

Heroes On The Water

The River Valley Chapter helps veterans, active duty service members, law enforcement and EMTs relax, rehabilitate and reintegrate through kayaking, fishing, and outdoor activities. The organization helps veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder and physical injuries incurred from military service reintegrate to society and unwind using the therapeutic qualities of fishing from kayaks. The program allows the participants a chance to decompress from the stresses associated with combat and the physical rigors of rehabilitation. Warriors enjoy these benefits while on guided fishing trips held in the local area. Many of the individuals who are helped by the organization have gone on to become guides for the organization. The organization gives these “warriors” an opportunity to experience new outdoor activities with the support of trained individuals.

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The Arc of the River Valley

The Arc of the River Valley provides services to people of all ages with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The Arc currently serves more than 500 people and is unique in that it also provides recreational and skills training programs for individuals with disabilities. The organization provides snacks, exercise classes, cooking classes, art classes, and other activities and fun events that their members can participate in. This is one of the only organizations in the River Valley that provides these services that help the physical, mental health, and well-being of individuals in Western Arkansas and Eastern Oklahoma.

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The Buddy Smith Home for Veterans

The Buddy Smith Home for Veterans assists veterans who have completed their military service and are seeking to reintegrate into society. In addition to providing affordable housing, the Buddy Smith Home provides veterans affordable housing, access to health care referrals, skills training, counseling, and helps find supportive employment for the disabled. The Buddy Smith Home, coordinated with the Veteran’s Administration and with the help of other local organizations, is the only facility in Fort Smith designated specifically to help veterans with all aspects of the transition back to civilian life. The Buddy Smith Home helps veterans who have served in all branches of the Armed Forces.

Fort Smith Museum of History

The Fort Smith Museum of History honors the regional history and has special programs serving thousands of children with educational programs each year. They also have special programs honoring veterans including participating in the annual Veterans Day Parade and annual reception honoring veterans and an exhibit about Fort Smith native, General William O. Darby. The FSMH features a Motorcycle Memories exhibit during The Steel Horse Rally, showcasing local motorcycle racing greats and historical figures. This year, the 2nd Annual Bike Show will be taking place in front of the FSMH.

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Earthbound Angels Inc.

Earthbound Angels Inc. is a local charity that has helped more than 400 families in less than a year with basic needs. They help new mothers and their children, helping displaced families and families who were previously homeless by providing clothing, food and household items. Earthbound Angels works closely with various local organizations to help residents and clients with needed items. They also help by providing parents with gently used toys and other items that they could not otherwise provide for their children.

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