April 2, 2018
More than 250 riders and teams trotted into Easter Seals Iowa in Des Moines March 31 delivering donations to support Camp Sunnyside. The Pony Express Riders of Iowa hold fundraisers in their Iowa counties and deliver the donations to Camp Sunnyside on Easter weekend each year. The amount raised this year topped $245,000. The group has raised more than $10 million in its 51-year history to support Easter Seals Iowa and Camp Sunnyside.
Easter Seals Iowa provides exceptional services to ensure all people with disabilities or special needs, and their families, have equal opportunities to live, learn, work and play in their communities. www.eastersealsia.org
Pony Express Riders of Iowa Founders Stub Johnson, Leo Gray, and Wayne Neilson had the idea to ride "Pony Express Style" county to county, not to carry mail but to carry money to help Iowa children and adults with disabilities. The first ride held March 30, 1968 raised $12,000.00 in northwest Iowa. The success spurred them to expand the ride throughout the state the following year. No formal qualifications are needed to become a member of Pony Express - men, women, and children join in the common cause of helping children and adults with disabilities. www.ponyexpressridersofiowa.org.