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Devon Horse Show Donates $308,000

Following a banner year in 2007, the Board of Directors of the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair made a record annual contribution of $308,000 to Bryn Mawr Hospital at a reception held at the Hospital on Friday, Jan. 18.


The donation will be used to purchase state-of-the-art patient monitoring equipment for the newly expanded emergency department. In 2005, the hospital began a $15,000,000 capital campaign to fund the expansion, and this donation completes that campaign.


“We at the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair are very proud that our philanthropic relationship with Bryn Mawr Hospital has lasted for 88 years,” said Gail McCarthy, Devon Country Fair Co-Chairman for 2007. “For the past two years, we have focused our contributions specifically towards the vital emergency department renovation and expansion, donating nearly $700,000 towards this project. We are so pleased, in

light of our longstanding relationship, that our donation completes the current capital campaign. Our ongoing commitment to Bryn Mawr Hospital is extremely important to both our leadership and our volunteers.”


“2007 was a banner year for the Country Fair,” said Chairman of the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair Leonard A. King. “Due to the leadership of Gail McCarthy and the hard work of her team, the Country Fair had the most profitable results in the history of the show.”


Bryn Mawr Hospital President Andrea Gilbert agrees that the relationship between the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair and the hospital is a vital one.


“In today’s fast-paced world, very few things manage to stand the test of time,” said Gilbert. “Fortunately for Bryn Mawr Hospital, the relationship we enjoy with the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair is a wonderful exception. Since 1919, proceeds from this world-class event have helped support the hospital and its many life-saving services. This history of remarkable support not only makes the show one of our largest sources of donated funds, but it also makes it one of our most cherished.”


The donation to the hospital represents the proceeds of a very successful 2007 Devon Horse Show and Country Fair.


Founded in 1896, it is one of the most prestigious equestrian events in the country and one of the largest volunteer fundraising efforts in the nation as well.


“It is the ultimate reward of tens of thousands of volunteer hours that we are able to present Bryn Mawr Hospital with this contribution,” said Devon Horse Show and Country Fair President Wade L. McDevitt.


“As we wrap up another year at the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair, we can look back with great satisfaction on 2007; a year in which we achieved record revenues, surpassed our capital improvement goal and continued to crush our five year plan. We go into the 2008 planning stages tremendously invigorated, excited, and encouraged!”


The 112th Devon Horse Show and Country Fair will take place May 22 through June 1, 2008. For more information please call Sara Cavanagh at 610-793-1425 or Mimi Lillian at 610-688-3933 or visit 

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