The Dandelion Fund was created in celebration of the life of Marianne Alexander, founder of Personal Ponies. The focus of the fund is to provide support to our breeding operations. Marianne was heard to say more than once, "save the breeding stock"- they are the foundation and vehicle that allows us to do we do. Marianne was someone that would send you her last penny from her Social Security check if she felt you needed it. She was generous with her time and energy above and beyond what was expected or needed. Marianne spent hours upon hours at her desk sharing notes and conversations about this unique program with anyone interested. Marianne was often at her desk 14-16 hours a day and this was considered her retirement!
Marianne often said that if she were to compare herself to a flower, she was a dandelion, and if you read her sweet poem written at age 9 you can understand why. She dared, was gusty, and determined. She had to be to have brought our program along for 25 years. During these years there were times our volunteers would fall upon difficult situations and challenges and no matter what the situation, it was always important to Marianne to send money as a token of caring even if it was $5. She wanted everyone to know that we are all in this together and no one should ever feel alone. She wanted everyone to feel as if someone cared about them and that in the end, or even in the beginning, we are all one. She would always say, we are all in this leaky canoe together. If you were ever lucky enough to receive one of her checks, you know it came wrapped in a ribbon with a personal collage pasted on the envelope. Marianne was the embodiment of the “PERSONAL” in our Personal Ponies program. Each and every one of us that knew her are grateful for her kindness and support and could never thank her enough for starting this wonderful organization that has enriched each of our lives as much as it has the people we serve. With great love and appreciation we hope you will find it in your hearts to donate to the Dandelion Fund in celebration of her work and help us to continue the breeding program that allows us to serve the program.