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Program & Facility Expansion Campaign

Welcome to the Robert A. Falk Farm – Home of HETRA

For many years HETRA operated in two privately owned facilities in Valley and Omaha.  HETRA continued to grow over our 25 year history and reached the point where a move was necessary to meet the program demands. HETRA has seen an increase in the number of unique participants served double in the past eight years. As an organization, HETRA has effectively managed consistent growth by responding to the needs of the community through additional programming, service hours, and trained staff.

In June 2014, HETRA moved from the two smaller facilities to one central, larger location in Gretna. This move is an integral element in HETRA’s ongoing commitment to our mission, to provide equine-assisted therapies and activities that improve the quality of life both physically and emotionally of adults and children with disabilities.  The new 25 acre farm is well suited for expanding programming, as well as collaborating with the community to create new programs. Our future  is poised to magnify our impact on  individuals with disabilities.

In order to support the transition, HETRA launched a $3 million Program and Facility Expansion Campaign. This Campaign will enable HETRA to significantly develop educational programming, train industry professionals, and continue as a leader in the programmatic excellence of the equine-assisted activities and therapies industry.

Through this campaign, HETRA’s future will be secured with the support of our community. HETRA is proud to announce Phase 1 of the Campaign has been met with several generous and crucial donations.

The receipt of nearly $260,000.00 as the result of Omaha’s chapter of Mustaches 4 Kids 2014 campaign, direct donations, and 100% Board and Staff financial commitment have been instrumental in launching our Program and Facility Expansion Campaign, but this is just the beginning…  We need your help to make this opportunity a reality!  We encourage you to invest in HETRA’s future by making a personal financial contribution to Phase 2 of the campaign.

We extend gratitude to everyone who contributed to Phase 1 of the Campaign. Phase 2 of the campaign still has a variety of opportunities to recognize and honor a gift for prosperity; with a horseshoe and donor recognition plate on the Wall of Honor, a plaque on a therapy horse stall, or a sign on a building. Your gift will make a lasting impression on an immeasurable number of lives, and leave a legacy of progress, care and support for a truly one of a kind program.  Your support will not only be instrumental in the organizations growth, but continue innovation of a therapeutic marvel, as the success of our participants speaks for itself. Click here to make a donation to Phase 2 of the Program and Facility Expansion Campaign.

“People with goals succeed because they know where they are going…It’s as simple as that!”
~ Earl Nightingale

Arena Photo

Thank you to Honorary Chair Couple Chris & Betsy Murphy

Thank you to the following Donors for paving the way!

Mustaches for Kids Omaha

$150,000 – $249,999
Dixon Family Foundation
Harper Family Foundation
Jim & Kathy Helget – In Honor of Drew Janke
Parker Family Foundation
Amy L. Scott Foundation
The David Scott Foundation
Suzanne and Walter Scott Foundation

 $100,000 – $149,999
The Hawks Foundation

$50,000 – $99,999
HDR Foundation
Union Pacific Foundation

$25,000 – $49,999
The Charles and Mary Heider Family Foundation
TRK Construction

$10,000 – $24,999
Mike & Jan Doiel
The Git-R-Done Foundation
Grant, Sara, Drew & Addison Janke – In Honor of Drew Janke
The Perrigo Company Charitable Foundation
In honor of the Teal Family
Glen Uffelmann & Dr. Lynn O’Hanlon


Gold Donors ($5,000 – $9,999)
Clifton B and Anne Stuart Batchelder Foundation
Diane Duren & Drew Collier
DaVita Health Partners
Flat River Corp.
Carol Gendler
Steve & Janet Henthorn
Cindy & Scott Makinster
Betsy & Chris Murphy
Thiry-O’Leary Foundation

Silver Donors ($2,500 -$4,999)
Big Ass Fans
Dr. Rick & Kyle Black
Kris & Jessica Covi
Lee Gladding
Shane & Gail Graeve
Brenda Helget
Charlie & Ellen Janssen
Merck Foundation
Karen Sedoris
In Honor of HETRA’s Equine Services for Veterans
In Loving Memory of Shirley Sladovnik

Bronze Donors ($1,000 -$2,499)
Chip & Rita Borgstadt
Kris & Marc Bowman
Tom Cramer
Dixie Dunn
E & K Consulting, LLC
Carl & Kimberly Falk
Edye Godden
Jeanette Janke
Teresa & Daren Konda
McDonald Home Improvement
Charles C. Mulry, MD
Kathy Sangimino
Simplement, Inc.
Lisa & George Stillahn
Teal Family
Ben & Alissa Wormington – In honor of Claira

Program & Facility Expansion Campaign Milestones

  1. A Purchase Agreement was signed for the Robert A. Falk Farm in May 2015.
  2. Acquisition of needed farm equipment, construction projects, and immediate operating costs secured though in kind donations and Mustaches for Kids Omaha funding.
  3. Thanks to support from HDR Foundation, HETRA was able to insulate and purchase two heaters for the indoor arena.
  4. With grant assistance from the Meyer Foundation for Disabilities, HETRA created the Life Skills Program for individuals with disabilities.
  5. Outpatient Therapy Clinic opened in 2016 –Perrigo Company Charitable Foundation,  Merck Foundation, and AKSARBEN Friends have provided funding for construction of space and purchasing of equipment for the clinic.
  6. In partnership with Go Physical Therapy, HETRA opened the Ethan Falk Therapy Gym in February of 2016.
  7. Opened the new Tack Shack which features used tack, saddles, grooming items, blankets, show clothing along with other western and horse related items. Items have been donated to HETRA, but cannot be used in the current programming, so are sold with proceeds directed towards HETRA participant sponsorships.
  8. HETRA served 120 participants per week at the end the end of 2015 at the new facility and has capacity to grow.

We have made our pledge, and welcome you to join us on this journey to a fully funded $3 million campaign.

Edye  Godden
Executive Director

Steve Henthorn
Board of Directors President

Chris and Betsy Murphy
Honorary Chairs

Kimberly and Carl Falk

Solicitation Committee*:  Kris & Jessica Covi, Mike Doiel, Shawn Dunsmore, Kim & Carl Falk, Gail Graeve, Edye Godden, Steve Henthorn, Grant Janke
*The committee is still actively recruiting members to assist in the solicitation process.

Due Diligence Committee: Members who assisted in initiating the campaign and continue to advise in the various areas of the campaign.

Erin Bevington
Kyle Black
Lori Bliss
Rita Borstadt
Tom Cramer
Ryan Fleischer
Alex Hays
Lisa Hobza
Ellen Janssen
Julie Lagemann
Cindy Makinster
Dr. Lynn O’Hanlon
Darren Osten
Paige & Matt Rivard
Kathy Sangimino
Karen Sedoris
Katherine Smith
Lisa Stillahn
Ben Wormington

Return your donation or pledge form today so individuals of all ability levels can participate in HETRA’s diverse programming for many years to come.

The staff and Board of Directors are excited to have made Gretna our home. We hope you will join us! If you are interested in coming out to see the new facility we encourage you to sign up for a tour!  You will experience and observe HETRA participants and volunteers in action as the tours are scheduled during regular session times. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR A TOUR

Contact us at (402) 359-8830 or for additional information.

If you are interested in donating to the Program & Facility Expansion Campaign you can download our donation brochure or make a donation online today!