Strongwater Farm Announces 2022 Making a Difference Award Winner, Nancy Donahue

Below is a press release from Strongwater Farm:

TEWKSBURY, MA — Strongwater Farm Therapeutic Equestrian Center aspires to make a difference: one moment at a time; one day at a time; one person at a time, through our core values of integrity, compassion, healing, and safety.  Each year we honor a member of our community who exemplifies these principles through leadership, innovation, and a willingness to give back to the community.

On the 30th anniversary of the Richard K. and Nancy L. Donahue Foundation, Strongwater Farm is pleased to honor their philanthropic commitment to the community. The work of the Donahue Foundation has been essential in the evolution and progression of arts, education, and human services throughout the greater community of Lowell.

The vision of Nancy and her late husband Richard in the creation of the Richard K. and Nancy L. Donahue Foundation has made significant impacts on organizations for well over 30 years:  The Merrimack Repertory Theater, the Quilt Museum, Woman Working Wonders, The Greater Lowell Community Foundation, University of Massachusetts-Lowell, and recently with the Nancy L. and Richard K. Donahue Dental Center, part of the Lowell Community Health Center. Some of the most important contributions have been given quietly without public acknowledgement to numerous organizations that have touched so many lives.

When told of Strongwater Farm’s Making a Difference award, Nancy Donohue said, “Our Foundation truly appreciates being selected for this honor.  Dick and I have always felt blessed by what we had and that it was important to share our blessings with others.  There are so many people and organizations doing wonderful work that we are happy to be able to help where we can, and Strongwater Farm is one of those places.”

In making this announcement, Martha Gaffney, President of the Strongwater Farm Board of Directors stated: “Strongwater Farm would not be here today without the philanthropic commitment from our community.  Nancy and Richard Donahue have supported so many through the years and we are pleased to honor Nancy on the 30th Anniversary of the Nancy L. and Richard K. Donahue Foundation.”

Jacqueline Moloney, ED.D, Chancellor, U-Mass Lowell and Honorary Garden Party Chair commented. “Nancy Donahue is a local treasure. The generosity she continues to show, along with charity she started with her late husband, Richard, continue to change lives. Their legacy is evident throughout our community. Just on the UMass Lowell campus, the Donahue Center for Business Ethics and Social Responsibility is teaching future leaders the value of doing well while doing good. This is a reflection of the Donahues’ passion for moral, ethically responsible leadership. I am so thankful for Nancy’s continued friendship and support.”

Strongwater Farm is hosting their annual Garden Party Reception outside at the Lanam Club in Andover, Massachusetts. The Garden Party will begin at 3pm with tea infused cocktails and mocktails, English Tea inspired small bites with a modern twist, and mouthwatering desserts. Guest will be entertained with live jazz music under the tent by Strongwater Farm’s own Leadership Council Chair, Peter Rodrigues.  This event is invitation only. To request an invitation or find out more about how you can donate to Strongwater Farm, please contact event organizer, Lauren Hajjar at

Strongwater Farm Therapeutic Equestrian Center has been improving the quality of life for children and adults with physical, cognitive, and emotional disabilities since 1998.  We work with caregivers to provide innovative therapeutic programs for individuals who struggle with substance use disorder and recovery, veterans who suffer from PTSD with emotional and mental health disorders, and at-risk youth who attend alternative schools for academic, social, and behavioral needs.

Strongwater Farm is a PATH, Intl. Premier Accredited Center and our instructors are licensed and certified by both PATH, Intl, and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.  Many instructors have additional certification in related disciplines such as vocational counseling, expressive arts, and special education ensuring high quality, professional trained instruction.

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