Cross Creek Meadows holds Second Annual Fundraiser Gala
Cross Creek Meadows Therapeutic Riding and Retreat Center held their second annual fundraiser gala on April 5, and about 200 people attended, collectively looking back at all the progress that has been made in the past year and the goals and plans for the year to come. Thanks to informative speeches by those committed to this cause, catering by Joe Friday’s and a strong support base present for providing a service to the children and veterans of this area, the dinner was met with considerable success.
“We want to take the money from this gala plus what's still coming in, and the money left over from last year, to complete the barn,” founder Darla Wurtz said. “We are still looking for volunteers, we still need monetary donations and people who could help in that area. We would also like a covered arena and after we get those things in the working we will start getting more horses.”
Cross Creek Meadows is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that will provide therapeutic riding or interaction with horses to bring confidence and healing to children, veterans and others with disabilities. A retreat style setting on 85 acres will house the Equine Center consisting of a six-stall barn and a covered arena. Cross Creek Meadows will expand its services as funding becomes available.
“We're going to be a PATH certified facility, and that stands for Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship. What that entails is taking safety classes, certifying our workers through PATH, which is the highest level of safety. You can get knowledge of therapeutic riding.”
The main speaker for this year’s event was Shannon Middleton, PATH Intl. Registered Instructor and Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning (with a slew of other titles and certifications to her name). Middleton works at Ride On Center for Kids (or ROCK) in Georgetown, offering equine-assisted activities and therapies, with a client base and purpose much like Cross Creek Meadows hopes to establish. Middleton was able to show pictures, videos, and share her experiences with hippotherapy and therapeutic writing. Other speakers at the dinner included Matt Wolfe, Charles Little, Keri Thoele, prayer by Steve Nance and singing by Jodi Ballard Smith.
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