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UPHA Dewey Henderson Benevolent Fund Provides Assistance to Those in Need

Maybe you’ve never been a position of being too ill or injured to work, or unable to pay a hospital or doctor’s bill after a long illness or injury, or had a catastrophic barn fire  or a tornado, hurricane, flood or other natural disaster damage your property so you could not work your horses and earn a living. These scenarios happen to many people, every year.


Many years ago, Dewey Henderson, a well-known horseman from Georgia, had a vision that the UPHA establish a fund that would assist professional horsemen who encounter challenging situations. Although it took many years, and a lot of legal paperwork, the UPHA established a fund for this purpose in 2001, and in honor of Mr. Henderson’s vision, named it the UPHA Dewey Henderson Benevolent Fund (DHBF).  The initial donation to make this fund a reality came from the Ruxer Foundation, and since that initial donation, the UPHA has worked to raise over $100,000 in additional donations.

Since its beginnings in December, 2001, the UPHA Dewey Henderson Benevolent Fund has paid out $37,500 in payments to UPHA members, their families or estates left without income in the event of certain occurrences such as death, disability or natural disasters such as fire, flood, storm or theft which leaves them unable to pay current expenses.  

The first benefit payment was made in June of 2002 and the most recent was in April 2005, so in a little over 34 months of activity, UPHA had paid an average of $1,100 per month in assistance.

In January 2005, the UPHA was honored to be the recipient of a matching funds program provided by Fox Grape Farms, Inc., Peter and Lynn Via, owners. From January 2005 through June of 2006, whatever the UPHA raises in donations to the UPHA Dewey Henderson Benevolent Fund will be matched by Fox Grape Farms, LLC, up to $150,000. So, that means that every $100 raised, in reality, is $200, due to the matching funds program.

Since this announcement in January, we have raised almost $50,000 towards our goal of  $150,000 by June, 2006. With less than one year to go, we need to raise another $100,000 in order to take full advantage of the generous offer made by Fox Grape Farms, Inc.

So the next time you’re thinking about making a charitable donation, please remember the UPHA Dewey Henderson Benevolent Fund, a charity that benefits the professional horseman and the show horse industry.

The UPHA Dewey Henderson Benevolent Fund is a 501(C) (3) charitable fund. For information on making donations to the UPHA Dewey Henderson Benevolent Fund, please contact:

UPHA, Inc.
Karen G.  
4059 Iron Works Parkway, #2
Lexington, KY  40511
Phone:  859-231-5070
Fax:  859-255-2774

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