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Local Community Makes 7th Annual Bridles and Bow Ties a Success for Dream Catchers at the Cori Sikich Therapeutic Riding Center
Submitted by Amy Kerr

More children and adults with special needs will be able to ride at Dream Catchers at the Cori Sikich Therapeutic Riding Center as a result of the 7th Annual Bridles & Bow Ties. The sold-out event on May 17, 2014, which was presented by Riverside Health System, was a great success thanks to the support of the community. Bridles & Bow Ties wellexceeded both the eventBridle imagebudget and the $10,000 challenge grant match for Dream Rider Scholarships, which benefit riders and families in need. The $10,000 challenge grant was generously donated by John and Susan Sikich. Several therapeutic horsemanship activities featuring students and staff were the highlight of the cocktail hour. Then the 350 attendees, dressed in cowboy and cowgirl chic, gathered inside the indoor riding arena to enjoy an elegant dinner from The Catering Company and a live auction with exciting packages including vacations, fine dining and even an exotic sports car driving experience. The non-profit organization���s major fundraising event, Bridles & Bow Ties shares Dream Catchers��� mission and celebrates the success of its students with the community. Dream Catchers relies on community and corporate support as well as countless volunteers to provide more than 120 life-changing therapeutic horseback riding lessons each week to more than 400 participants each year. The organization helps individuals with more than 140 conditions including autism, multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, stroke, trauma, cancer and most recently those with memory loss. Special thank you to Bridles & Bow Ties Event Chair Patty Holt and the major sponsors: Title Sponsor Riverside Health System, Auction Sponsor Monarch Bank and student demonstration sponsors VTABS, Sally and Mike Derrig, and Donna and Fred Malvin. For more information, call (757) 566-1775 or visit www.dreamcatcherswilliamsburg. org. About Dream Catchers at the Cori Sikich Therapeutic Riding Center Dream Catchers at the Cori Sikich Therapeutic Riding Center is the premier therapeutic riding center between Charlottesville and Virginia Beach. Located in Toano, Virginia, Dream Catchers is a nonprofit organization hosting more than 120 therapeutic riding lessons each week to help children and adults with special needs reach their potential and make dreams come true.

 





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