Area Business Leaders Team Up for Bridles & Bow Ties 2016 in Support of Dream Catchers

WILLIAMSBURG, Virginia - Riverside Health System and the soon-to-be merged TowneBank and Monarch Bank are two community businesses leading the way to raise vital funds for Dream Catchers at the Cori Sikich Therapeutic Riding Center. As top sponsors of Bridles & Bow Ties 2016 on May 21, both organizations are committed to making a difference in their shared community.

Riverside Health System marks its fourth year with a $7,500 donation as the title and video sponsor. Monarch Bank also continues its commitment for the fourth year by donating $3,500 as the auction sponsor. TowneBank has been a table sponsor at the event since its inception in 2009.

Bridles & Bow Ties is the biggest fundraising event of the year for Dream Catchers accounting for a major amount of donations needed to meet the non-profit's operating budget. The event provides essential scholarship funds allowing many of Dream Catchers' children and adults with special needs to benefit from the life-changing therapeutic riding lessons. The non-profit provides more than 100 lessons each week to individuals with one of 150 conditions to include autism, cerebral palsy, stroke, trauma and cancer.

A favorite on the Williamsburg social calendar each year, the fun-filled 2016 Bridles & Bow Ties event is being held Saturday, May 21, 2016 at 5:00 p.m. at Dream Catchers. Attendees are encouraged to leave their heels at home, don their finest boots and head to Dream Catchers for an evening beginning with a cocktail reception, which includes a student riding demonstration sponsored by Sally and Mike Derrig, and a special showing of The Preakness on jumbo screens. Following that, attendees will enjoy an elegant seated dinner by The Catering Company and the event's signature live auction. Guests will have a chance to bid on exciting packages including a horse lover's dream vacation to Rancho Las Cascadas in Mexico, a chauffeured wine tour and vacation in Napa Valley, a Kentucky Bourbon Trail experience and more.

While event tickets are sold out, raffle tickets are available for the $1500 cash prize and the winner does not have to be present to win. Raffle tickets are $10 each, six tickets for $50 or 12 tickets for $100. Dream Catchers also continues to accept donations to its Dream Riders Scholarship Fund, which further helps provide access to the therapeutic riding center's services for those in-need.

"We're thankful to Riverside Health System for continuing to lead by example in community caring by once again being a special part of Bridles & Bow Ties because their generous gift lets students receive life-changing services at Dream Catchers," says Nancy Paschall, Executive Director at Dream Catchers. "It's an honor to be a recipient of charitable giving from the soon-to-be merged Towne-Monarch, and we thank them for helping us improve the quality of life for the children and adults with special needs who benefit from Dream Catchers."

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit dreamcatchers.org or call 757-566-1775.

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 100 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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