Campaign Launched to Fund New Home for Bethlehem, PA Mounted Police
The non-profit corporation, Friends of the Bethlehem Mounted Police, has announced it is launching a public campaign to construct a new stable facility for the City’s four mounted patrol horses and officers. On behalf of the organization’s board of directors, president Tom Tenges announced that the goal for the campaign has been set at $475,000.
The fund drive seeks to secure $375,000 for a 3-story stable barn, along with another $100,000 to construct an outdoor training arena, grazing area, plus endowment to maintain the property. The barn’s ground floor will house 7 horse stalls, a wellness stall, warm water wash stall, climate controlled storage and tack areas. The main floor will feature an atrium where the public can view the horses while in their stalls plus office and meeting space for the non-profit. The third level loft will be restricted to officer use as locker room and office area.
Tenges reported that Board members and a handful of local businesses and foundations have led sponsorship of the project with slightly more than $300,000 in pledges and gifts to date. Among the major contributors are: stable naming sponsor Quadrant Private Wealth, Air Products & Chemicals, Inc., Straight Arrow Inc. makers of the Original Mane 'n Tail and Cowboy Magic, Just Born Quality Confections, the R. K. Laros Foundation, Bethlehem Parking Authority, The Philadelphia Trust Company, and Altronics Security Systems.
Tenges expressed appreciation for the generous response from these donors, and noted the organization still has a long way to go to reach its goal. Additional business and corporate sponsors are being sought. The public is invited to participate through direct contributions to the non-profit. Anyone interested in supporting the campaign can mail a check to: FBMP, P.O. Box 1314, Bethlehem, PA 18018. In addition, a “Go Fund Me” account has been set up for online donations. Tenges said he hopes this can be a community-wide drive to secure a modern, safe home for the unit’s popular horses George, Pharaoh, Grey, and Asa.
Because of the pressing need to relocate the unit, construction of the facility will begin as soon as permits can be secured. The site for the new barn and grazing area is a 10 acre tract on East Langhorne Avenue, secured through a generous partnership with the Catholic Diocese of Allentown, which owns the parcel.
Update - On July 17, 2016, groundbreaking took place on the construction site for the new barn. It looks like it is on it's way.