Express Employment Professionals donated $227.61 to the Conway Downtown Partnership after the success of the business’s Clydesdale event Tuesday night.

More than 600 community members came out to downtown Conway to see the three rare, black-and-white horses — the animals stood at more than 6 feet tall at the shoulders and weighed more than 2,000 pounds each.

Participants had the opportunity to ride in a two-horse-drawn carriage and take photos with and pet another.

David McClain with Express Employment told the Log Cabin Democrat that the event was an effort for the business to show appreciation to its customers and the community. The group ended up offering more than 600 free grilled hot dogs and Kona Ice snow cones.

“It was a great event for the community, great event for downtown and obviously for our customers and our associates," he said. "It was a way to show appreciation for the community."

Express Employment is a member of the downtown partnership and McClain said the company benefits from what the partnership does for all the local businesses and wanted to give back to the organization as a “small token of appreciation.”

“It was a great experience,” he said. “It was a just a great event … a lot of fun.”

Conway Downtown Partnership Executive Director Kim Williams said it turned out to be a wonderful evening with a great atmosphere and a great turnout.

“It was just neat,” she said.

McClain presented the $227.61 check to Jack Bell, downtown partnership president, on Thursday.

Williams said they plan on putting the money toward “some kind of beautification” in the downtown area.