Montgomeryville-Lansdale Patch reported on March 20 that Linda Kleinert ’92, who has come to be known as “The Rescue Lady,” established the Smile From Jason Foundation Annual Golf Tournament.
The golf tournament takes place on the first Friday of October at the Reading Country Club.
According to Greg Kleinert, the tournament was organized to raise funds for the Shady Hallow Assisted Riding organization, located in Birdsboro.
According to the nonprofit’s website, Shady Hallow Assisted Riding, whose motto is “Horses with Heart,” provides equine riding therapy programs for individuals with physical, mental or emotional challenges.
Greg and Linda’s son Jason benefits from Shady Hallow therapy, as he was born with Coffin Lowry Syndrome, a genetic disorder that affects an individual’s mental and physical abilities.
Linda said she had jumped at the opportunity for Jason to work with the therapeutic animals, after researching physical opportunity options for her son online.
According to Greg, Shady Hallow is the closet program of its kind in the region, pulling youth from areas including Pottstown.
He said he noticed the nonprofit’s facilities were in need of maintenance, and that the therapists were in need of certain special equipment.
“Originally, we wanted to raise just a couple thousand, but we raised so much more,” Greg said.
According to Greg, the first year of the golf tournament raised approximately $14,000, and the Smile from Jason Foundation was born.
“We’ll change the world a couple of kids at a time, if we can,” Linda said.