Pony Express Riders of Iowa, Inc. is a network of volunteer
"Riders" who host fundraisers in their home county throughout the 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. The money raised is used
to benefit Camp Sunnyside in Des Moines, IA. The
"Riders" receive no compensation for their time, the smiles on
the children's faces and knowing they've made a difference in their
lives is the truest reward!
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.
first ride, March 30, 1968 raised $12,000.00 in NW Iowa. The success
spurred them to expand the ride throughout the state the following year.
the annual ride held Easter weekend involves horses, many members don't
ride or own horses. With regional rides starting at various points
across the state on Good Friday and
in Des Moines, IA for the big ride into Camp Sunnyside on Saturday
afternoon, the event concludes Saturday night with a Victory dance to
announce the year's grand total. In the 40 plus years, Pony Express
Riders of Iowa have raised over 9 million dollars for Camp Sunnyside.
Other states have
patterned groups after the Iowa Model but none have come close to
matching the success and support of Iowa's Pony Express.
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