AGC Charities to Build Equestrian Center for Horses 4 Heroes
Construction charity organization AGC Charities Inc. will build an equestrian center for a local charity group that provides equestrian programs and activities for veterans, their families and local first responders. As part of its annual Operation Opening Doors effort, contractors will donate their time, expertise and money to create a new facility for Las Vegas-based Horses 4 Heroes.
“This project gives us a chance to give back to those who sacrifice so much for our freedom and safety,” says Jim Clemens, chairman emeritus of Philadelphia, Pa.-based Clemens Construction Co. and the chairman of AGC Charities. “We want these brave men and women to have a place to bring their families, relax and enjoy a day of riding.”
Since its establishment in 2006, Horses 4 Heroes has been operating out of the back yard of the woman who founded the group, Sydney Knott. But thanks to AGC Charities and the help of many member firms, the group has received permission from Las Vegas to build a facility at the Tulley Springs Ranch on the northern end of town.
Las Vegas-based Martin-Harris Construction has volunteered to serve as the lead contractor for the charitable effort. The AGC of Las Vegas also has committed to recruiting many of its members to participate in the effort. The facility will have an area for farm animals, riding arena and Mare Motel, as well as new fencing. In addition, the team will renovate one of the Ranch’s old cottages into a residence for the horse caretaker and perform significant site-prep work. The facility is scheduled to open on Thursday, March 6.
“Contractors have an obligation to give back to the communities that have helped make us so successful,” says Guy Martin, VP at Martin-Harris Construction and president of the AGC of Las Vegas. “We wanted to give something to show our appreciation for that our military and first responder families do on our behalf.”
Clemens said the AGC Charities group is currently fundraising to support the soon-to-be renovated facility. He noted that the charitable group was established six years ago to channel and support the charitable efforts of the construction community. He added that the group held previous national Operation Opening Doors projects in Washington, D.C., Honolulu, Orlando and Palm Springs.
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