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Holiday 2013

The Holidays at Quantum Leap!

By Celebrations

The Holidays are always special at Quantum Leap Farm.  We put up decorations and throw a few parties for our participants, donors and volunteers.  The horses wear reindeer antlers and Buddy (Edie’s labrador) puts on a few pounds panhandling at buffets.  We also have quiet times where QLF staff and horses take a break from therapy sessions, spend some time with their families and gear up for the new year.  We still need volunteers every day–in fact, more than ever since so many regulars are leaving town and spending some well-deserved time with their families. Read More

13th Annual Quantum Leap Farm Invitational Charity Golf Tournament a Triumph!

By Charity Events

Once again, golfers and donors have gathered to drive, chip and putt for Quantum Leap Farm.  QLF’s Annual Charity Golf Tournament brings in a big slice of support for our equine therapy center’s funding and this year was a triumph.

Over 125 golfers from all over the United States attend this year’s Tournament at our new venue: Innisbrook Golf and Spa Resort in Palm Harbor.  Foursomes teed off for some serious golf and even more serious fundraising.  Proceeds from the Tournament provide scholarships for the challenged adults and children who participate in equine therapies at Quantum Leap Farm. Read More

Meet Sue Levitt, Quantum Leap Farm’s New Director of Development

By Portraits

Sue LevittSue Levitt received her Bachelor of Arts in Education from San Francisco State College and did graduate studies at the University of Delaware.   After working as a math and computer science teacher for two years in Delaware, she began her professional fundraising career in the education field.   In 2000, she moved to the Tampa Bay area and accepted the position of Director of Development for the Tampa Preparatory School where she increased their Annual Fund total giving 2 ½ times in five years.  She was part of the fundraising team for Tampa Prep’s campaign to build the new school and managed a staff of five and a volunteer group of over 100. Read More

Mark Lalli with Ryan Malone and Jeff Vinik

Mark Lalli Wins Tampa Bay Lightning Community Hero Award

By Accolades, Support

Mark Lalli was the man of the hour at a stirring ceremony held at the Tampa Bay Times Forum on October 10.  During an intermission in a Tampa Bay Lightning game, the camera came to rest on the beaming, poised face of Quantum Leap Farm’s in-house photographer.  He was presented with a $50,000 check to donate to his favority charity. Quantum Leap Farm is thrilled to say, Mark chose us!  The Lightning honored Mark with a stirring video that was watched by the thousands of Lightning fans in the Forum and on television.  Click here to watch and don’t misplace your handkerchief. Read More

Experimental Prosthetics Tested at Quantum Leap

By Media, Other, Programs

David Nicholson and CowboyVeteran David Nicholson stopped by Quantum Leap Farm in July to test out his new prosthetics. Injured in a bomb blast in Afghanistan, the brave veteran lost both legs from the knee down. Since then he has been fitted with some of the most advanced bionic devices available. Partially controlled by a computer interface, his prosthetics are still in the testing phase. Read More

Our Hero, Edie Dopking, is an Official Lightning Hero

By Accolades

Lightning with BuddyOn Tuesday, November 6, 2012, the Tampa Bay Lightning invested Quantum Leap Farm’s Founder, Edie Dopking, PhD, as an official Tampa Bay Lightning Community Hero. At the beginning of the 2011-2012 season, Lightning owner Jeff Vinik and his wife Penny, launched the Community Heroes initiative. Their goal was to recognize grassroots Heroes who are using their lives to make the greater Tampa Bay community a better place. Heroes were recognized and rewarded at each one of the Lightning’s 41 regular season games. Last season, the Lightning distributed a total of $2,050,000 to worthy community causes. Read More

In two days, this program did for me what 4+ years of conventional therapy and reading books on my own could not accomplish. My life will be greatly impacted by this retreat in the most positive way imaginable.

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Our Cougars

Cougars of Florida Create Calendar Fundraiser

By Charity Events, Support

There are coyotes beyond our pastures, but who knew there are cougars in the barnyard?! In late summer, Kathleen Slaven, President of Cougars of Florida, approached Quantum Leap Farm Founder, Edie Dopking, with a novel fundraising idea. Kathleen and her fellow cougars would create a 2013 calendar featuring Quantum Leap therapy horses, classic cars, and the Cougar Team. Edie jumped at it. Read More