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Mitey Riders Founder a Finalist for CNN Hero of the Year Award

Written by Addie Rising    on October 26, 2016
SHARE Charlotte nonprofit partner Misty Meadows Mitey Riders' founder Harry Swimmer is one of 10 finalists to be named CNN Hero of the Year. Each finalist will receive a $10,000 cash prize. One of the 10 will be named "CNN Hero of the Year," and receive an additional $100,000 for his or her cause. You can vote for the "CNN Hero of the Year" via email, Facebook Messenger and Twitter.

Harry Swimmer - CNN Hero

From CNN:

An encounter with a girl named Stacy changed Harry Swimmer's life. Stacy has cerebral palsy, and meeting her gave Swimmer an idea: What would happen if he put Stacy on a horse? "[S]he just lit up like a candle."

Soon after, Swimmer retired and transformed his horse farm into a sanctuary for children with disabilities. Since 1988, his organization, Mitey Riders, has provided more than 800 children with free equine-assisted therapy.

Learn more about Harry Swimmer's work.

As part of the award package, each Top 10 Hero will also receive free organizational training from the Annenberg Foundation, a leading supporter of nonprofits worldwide. They will participate in a customized version of the Annenberg Alchemy program, which offers practical guidance to help strengthen organizations for long-term success. This is the fifth year of CNN's collaboration with the Annenberg Foundation.

For more on the 2016 CNN Heroes and to donate to the causes they support, visitCNNHeroes.comYou can vote for the "CNN Hero of the Year" via email, Facebook Messenger and Twitter.

Swimmer was nominated back in May and we blogged about Mitey Riders and one of its volunteers.