Founder of S.M.I.L.E.S. retiring
DARIEN After 28 years of overseeing S.M.I.L.E.S. (Special Methods in Learning Equine Skills), Sherry Monty is retiring in February.
Monty founded the therapeutic riding program for people with special needs in 1985 in Darien.
An open house to honor Monte is planned for Sat., Jan. 26, from 6 to 10 p.m. at Evergreen Golf Club, N6246 U.S. Highway 12, Elkhorn.
S.M.I.L.E.S. serves clients of all ages with social, emotional and physical challenges. The program is credited through P.A.T.H. International (Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship).
“Sherry has touched many lives throughout her years of dedicated service,” said Gay Stran, current executive director of S.M.I.L.E.S. “Many clients, volunteers and donors have worked closely with her during her years here at SMILES. I hope they will all decide to join us and show their appreciation during this very special open house event.”
Stran said the organization’s scholarship fund at SMILES has been renamed in Monte’s honor. Donations to the Sherry Monte Scholarship Fund can be made online at smilestherapeuticriding.org, or by calling the office at (262) 882-3470.
Anyone who plans to attend the open house is asked to RSVP by Jan. 10 to S.M.I.L.E.S. at (262) 882-3470. The event will include appetizers, music and a cash bar.