Industry builder Danny Virtue, director, producer, stuntman and animal trainer knows how to give back to his community. In 2002, Danny established the Virtue Foundation, a not for profit organization whose primary objective is to raise awareness for children who are physically, mentally or financially challenged. The Foundation is involved in charities, community services and fundraisers throughout the year.
It began with a simple idea. As one of Canada’s most knowledgeable horse trainers, Danny has always known the healing power of horses. When he was faced with horses in his stable whose careers in the movie business were over, he decided to put them to work in another way. By combining these retired movie horses with underprivileged and sick children who had never had the chance to ride, Danny started a regular riding program. This made a lot of dreams come true and laid the groundwork for what the Virtue Foundation would become.
He quickly realised that with his vast experience and resources he could create a truly memorable experience for many more people. By enlisting the help of his friends and colleagues in the film and television business, “A Day at the Ranch” was born. At this very special annual summer event, children and their families from the Surrey Memorial hospital renal program are brought to the beautiful Virtue Studio Ranch in Mission where they are treated to live entertainment, special celebrity guests, and a barbeque lunch.
On August 22nd, close to 200 people escaped the needles and hospital rooms for a day and watched the live stunt shows, animal acts, wrestling, rodeo and acrobatics. For many, it has become one of the highlights of their year. The Virtue Foundation has continued its original riding program, and is currently working on other charity events and fundraisers to benefit even more children. The Foundation recently donated a complete editing suite to the film program at Templeton High school and is working with the Boys and Girls Club of East Vancouver.
For further information or to donate, please visit: www.virtuestudioranch.com/foundation