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Ashley Miller, Chief Operating Officer, KAR Properties

Ashley Miller, Chief Operating Officer, KAR Properties


WELLINGTON, FL (July 7, 2016) Ashley Miller has joined the board of directors of Give a Buck for Special Equestrians, a Wellington-based nonprofit providing funding for equine-assisted and horseback riding therapy for children and veterans facing difficult physical, mental and emotional life challenges.

A resident of Palm Beach Gardens, Miller enjoys a notable career as the Chief Operating Officer of KAR Properties, a real estate development company led by New York developer Shahab Karmely, with over $200 million invested in South Florida. Miller’s background in business and finance makes her a powerful addition to the rapidly growing organization’s influential board of directors.  

“We are truly fortunate to have Ashley join Give a Buck for Special Equestrians, and not only share her love of horses and helping others, but also her extensive financial knowledge, contacts and skill set,” says Sissy DeMaria, Founder of Give a Buck for Special Equestrians. “Ashley is a passionate and driven woman who will further inspire our board and we are thrilled to welcome her.”

Give a Buck for Special Equestrians is an all-volunteer organization founded in July 2013 in Vero Beach, Florida by a small group of equine enthusiasts who believe in “horsepower” that heals. A registered Florida nonprofit, Give a Buck accepts tax deductible donations under section 501(c)3. pleased to announce its partnership with New York-based Gallop NYC.

Give a Buck raises funds by asking horse owners to give “as little as a buck or as much as they can” with each month’s board payment. Give a Buck also raises money through merchandise sales at area tack stores and at horse shows and through donations and sponsorships of its annual fundraiser, the Jump for the Children Pony Derby Classic and Gala, and its partnership with the Longines Global Champions Tour Miami Beach.  Give a Buck’s Young Ambassadors, children and teens ages 7-17, are the backbone of the organization, providing ongoing support through hands-on volunteering, fundraising, “friend” raising and by drawing awareness to the charity’s mission.

To a child or adult with a physical, developmental or emotional disability, life looks a lot brighter on horseback. The power and warmth of a horse strengthens and tones muscles, improves balance, head control and coordination, builds patience and self-esteem, and offers a sense of freedom and equality. Horseback riding gently and rhythmically simulates the human gait, so riders with physical disabilities improve their flexibility and muscle strength. While grooming horses helps promote a sense of calmness and well being.

Give a Buck has eight partnerships with therapeutic riding centers in Florida, Georgia and North Carolina and just announced a new partnership with  GallopNYC serving 700 riders a week in the New York area. Other partners include: Appalachian Therapeutic Riding Center (North Carolina), Chastain Horse Park (Georgia) Good Hope Equestrian Training Center (Miami) (Vero Beach), Stable Place (Davie), Naples Equestrian Challenge and Vinceremos Therapeutic Riding Center (West Palm Beach).