Each spring for the last two years ManeGait Therapeutic Horsemanship has held the Filly Fashions Show and Luncheon as one of its signature events. The event includes a delicious menu, a well-choreographed fashion show and a time of sharing about how the organization helps those with disabilities move beyond their own boundaries on a majestic creature known as the horse.
The annual fundraising luncheon has been popular since its inception. As the key volunteers and staff will testify, however, the third time is certainly the charm when it comes to raising awareness about the McKinney-based equestrian facility and the services offered there. Held last week on Friday, April 26, 2013, at ManeGait’s 14-acre Custer Road facility, more than 350 attendees turned out for the annual luncheon to support the thriving non-profit. The fundraising event was held in the High Five Arena located on the ManeGait property for the first time ever.
“There were really several reasons for this (moving the event) – first and foremost is that we want people to experience ManeGait first-hand – the peace, joy and beauty cannot be duplicated anywhere else! The second reason was that we wanted the ability to grow the event and we were very crowded in the previous venues,” says ManeGait Director Tricia Nelson. “So much of what we do cannot be explained with words – people always seem to understand better if they come and experience ManeGait in person so we try, whenever possible, to bring people on-site.”
The 2013 Filly Fashions Show and Luncheon was again chaired by Kristi Gardener and Jan Holmes, and presented by Griffin Jewelry. The Honorary Chair for the 2013 event was Molly Ann Huie of Celina. In the past the annual event has been held in prestigious hotels. Bringing the luncheon on site to showcase the therapeutic riding facility to those that might not otherwise see it was an exciting addition to the third annual event. The Derby inspired fashion show presented by Rhonda Sargent Chambers was a real crowd pleaser. A brief facility tour, visits with riders and beautiful singing by Geoffrey Andrews sprinkled some extra ingredients on the 2013 mid-day event. All attendees had the opportunity to donate to the non-profit’s “Provide the Ride” Rider Scholarship Fund.
“With it being held on site this year, the attendees were able to see and experience our amazing facility; they saw our “therapists” (the horses) and our staff in action, and met a few of the riders that are the real reason for the event,” adds Nelson.
Founded in 2007 by Bill and Pris Darling and located at 3160 North Custer Road in McKinney, ManeGait Therapeutic Horsemanship serves more than 110 clients a session from Collin County and surrounding areas. Children and adults with disabilities are served at ManeGait in an effort to move beyond their boundaries through the healing power of horses.
For information on ManeGait services or to make a donation, please visit. www.ManeGait.org.
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