Monday, January 15, 2007

McIntosh Trust Donates $200,000 For Wild Horses

Carson City, Nev. — According to the Nevada Appeal, the McIntosh Family Trust will make a $200,000 donation to the Wild Horse and Burro Expo.

The trust was established by Jay and Virginia McIntosh, longtime residents of Northern Nevada. The couple established Mac's Bail Bonds and used its success to establish Ponderosa Insurance. Ponderosa was the first domestic, multiline insurance company in the state.

The profits from the sale of Ponderosa were used to create the trust in 1982. The couple's nieces were appointed as trustees following the death of Jay McIntosh five years ago.

"The money is to be used for youth education, to provide funds for those who can't afford vision care, to assist and preserve Nevada's wild horses and burros and to promote Native American health, education and welfare," Richard S. Staub, the attorney representing the trust, said.

The Expo is a nonprofit organization serving as an advocate for wild horses and burros throughout Nevada. The group works to ensure that sufficient habitat is available for the wild horse and burro population as well as training and adoption assistance. This $200,000 donation is the second large donation made by the trust in the last three years. The trustees approved a $100,000 donation to the Boys & Girls Club of Western Nevada in 2004.

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