CARY--Corral Riding Academy of Cary is inching closer to its goal of raising $1 million to buy the farm property they are currently renting.
"Never imagined it in a million years that we'd be able to do this,” said Corral President Joy Currey.
With six months to go, Currey says the organization has already raised $825,000. And a donor has agreed to match every donation coming in before Dec. 31.
"I was just hoping that we would get to a million. So it's really exciting that the community is supporting Corral in this way,” said Currey.
Corral Riding Academy is a non-profit organization that pairs at-risk teenage girls with rescued horses in an attempt to promote healing and growth.
Corral has been busy this holiday season, creating a video titled, "12 Days of Christmas, 12 Reasons to Save Our Farm," asking supporters what the farm truly means to them.
"I think there's probably 12 times 12 reasons out there, if not more, of folks in the community that the farm really means a lot. But we wanted to show the community how important the farm was to the girls,” said Currey.
Volunteer mentor and producer's assistant Lindsey Wade says she's drawn inspiration from the teenage women who attend Corral. She's a part of a feature length film titled "Unbridled," which will begin production in February. The project is based on the real life experiences of the teenage girls who attend the academy.
"I found out about Corral through my church, Vintage, in downtown Raleigh. And I just thought, 'Wow, that's really cool. I'd love to be involved,'” said Wade.
Currey has said it's Corral's goal to serve over 500 girls in Wake County over the next five years.
She and her husband Rob say they look forward to what the future may bring.
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