Sons of Norway International President Jon Tehven attended Kong Sverre Lodge’s April event and brought a gift of a Sons of Norway Foundation General Heritage and Culture Grant.
Jon presented the $1,500 award, which Kong Sverre applied for last fall to match Kong Sverre Lodge’s $1,500 donation to One Heart Equestrian Therapy Home, to Kris Lager, co-founder and executive director of One Heart Equestrian Therapy.
One Heart was founded in 2001 and became a reality with the help of Kong Sverre Lodge. Kong Sverre Lodge conducted fundraisers for several years and raised enough money to donate the first two Norwegian Fjord horses and two wooden driving carts to One Heart, which were painted with Norwegian rosemaling by Story City artist Helga Kennedy. One Heart Equestrian Therapy offers therapy to individuals demonstrating physical, cognitive, mental or emotional limitations, and special needs. One Heart is conducting fundraisers to pay for a permanent facility and ‘RIDE’ is their fundraising campaign slogan – ‘Come RIDE with us: “reward ~ inspire ~ develop ~ empower.”’
Sons of Norway events are open to the public and guests are always welcome. For more than 100 years, Sons of Norway has helped to promote and preserve the Nordic heritage and culture through more than 400 local lodges and nearly 70,000 members.