UNIONTOWN -- Solid Rock Therapeutic Riding Center will have a grand opening of its newly expanded facility on Saturday, Sept. 26 at 11 a.m. They are putting out the word early so everyone can "save the date." Thanks to a Global Grant from The Rotary Foundation, and three Rotary Districts and with help from four local Lowe's stores, the Uniontown facility will be remodeled with state of the art therapeutic equipment and expanded capabilities.

The Rotary Global Grant is one of few that have been awarded to a project in the United States. Most grants are awarded outside the United States and frequently help third world countries. The Solid Rock Grant is dedicated to helping Military (Active and Veterans) and their families. Locally, Rotary Past District Governors, Dr. Meena Patel and George Hays have worked with the local District 6650 and two Rotary Districts in India (3131 and 3132) to raise the funds needed for this grant. The Rotary Foundation is the fundraising arm of Rotary International, the goal of The Rotary Foundation since its founding in 1917 is "doing good in the world."

Local Lowe's stores from: Brimfield, Akron, Massillon, and North Canton, will be donating $10,000 ($2,500 from each store.) This money will be spent using Lowe's wholesale cost and convert into more than $40,000 worth of materials if purchased at the retail cost. Lowe's will also be sending many volunteers to provide hundreds of hours of free labor to help with the project.

The mission of Solid Rock is to provide leadership and guidance with equine assisted activities and to provide camaraderie with fellow veterans, service men and women and first responders while building trust and bonding with horses. The program is provided at no cost to military personnel and their families. Solid Rock also provides Adult Day-Care and Autism Therapy at reasonable costs. Solid Rock is a 501(c)3 non-profit, all donations are tax deductible. Follow Solid Rock Therapeutic Riding Center on Facebook for more details. The Center is located at 10911 Market Avenue, Uniontown, OH; www.solidrocktrc.com. Solid Rock is "where the healing begins."