GCHS Makes Charitable Donations

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By Nancy Brannon

At a meeting of the Germantown Charity Horse Show (GCHS) Committee on August 21, 2019 at the Pickering Center in Germantown, Tennessee, a main item on the agenda was the distribution of funds to three organizations, the prime one Kindred Place of Memphis, Tenn.

The first donation was $2,000 to “Germantown Gives,” a flood relief program overseen by Alderwoman Mary Anne Gibbons to help the victims of the June 7, 2019 flooding.

In the early morning hours of Friday June 7 (during the Germantown Charity Horse Show) a storm raged through Germantown dumping more than seven inches of rain in a 24-hour period. About 200 families were impacted by flooding with problems ranging from major water damage to wash outs – and many of the homes were not in flood hazard areas. The city of Germantown and Shelby County allocated $350,000 for flood repairs, but that would not be sufficient to cover the estimated $7 million worth of structural damage to homes.

The next donation was $5,000 to Bobby Lanier Farm Park, to go toward construction of an outdoor kitchen. Lydia Smith, chair, accepted the check on behalf of the park.

The final check was for $30,000 to Kindred Place, the primary charity of the Germantown Charity Horse Show. Katie Laws, Community Outreach Specialist, accepted the check for Kindred Place.

Kindred Place was formerly known as the Exchange Club Family Center. Kindred Place is a full service mental health and education agency offering counseling, group therapy, anger management classes, parenting support, and conflict resolution – all with the goal of ending the cycle of domestic violence. For more than 30 years they have helped adults and children find peace.

GCHS has a campaign to establish, with the state of Tennessee, GCHS specialty license plates. On their website, gchs.org, is a link to sign a petition, which currently has over 1,000 supporters. Cost of the specialty plate would be an extra $35, in addition to regular license plates fees. A portion of those fees would go to GCHS, and the fee is tax deductable. GCHS Past President Virginia Walker is heading this effort.

This year’s GCHS featured a scavenger hunt for 71 decorated horse shoes that were hidden all over Germantown.  You can view the variety of painted horse shoes on facebook at GCHS Hunt. In 2020, there will be 72 horse shoes to find!

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