WILLIAMSBURG, Virginia - The third time was a charm for Dream Catchers at the Cori Sikich Therapeutic Riding Center as Riverside Health System celebrated its third year being a community partner in support of Dream Catchers' biggest fundraising event of the year. The locally based health system donated $7,500 as the title sponsor of the 2015 Bridles & Bow Ties event held Saturday, May 16, 2015 at Dream Catchers.
Riverside was also the video sponsor of the 2015 Dream Catchers video, which debuted at the event. Short of an in-person visit to Dream Catchers, the engaging new video makes it easier for people to connect with the organization by seeing and hearing success stories from some of the 120 individuals with special needs who experience therapeutic horseback riding lessons there each week. Dream Catchers helps individuals with more than 140 conditions including autism, cerebral palsy, stroke, trauma and cancer. The video is used throughout the year at numerous speaking engagements at businesses, civic organizations, churches, communities and more so that viewers see Dream Catchers doing what it does best-improving lives.
Bridles & Bow Ties was deemed a success by all who attended the fun-filled evening that included an elegant dinner, a viewing of the Preakness Stakes and a crowd-pleasing live auction.
The event also included a $10,000 challenge match, which was met at this year's event. Dream Catchers supporters Cherylle and Donald Lang donated $10,000 as a "challenge match" for this year's Bridles & Bow Ties, which raised significantly more than $10,000 for Dream Rider Scholarships.
"Riverside Health System is a long-standing supporter of Dream Catchers' goal of enriching the lives of individuals who benefit from our therapeutic riding services and that is substantial in helping us achieve our mission," shared Nancy Paschall, executive director at Dream Catchers.
The other major event sponsor was Monarch Bank, which donated $4,500 to sponsor the auction.
For more information about Dream Catchers at the Cori Sikich Therapeutic Riding Center, please call (757) 566-1775 or visit www.dreamcatchers.org.
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Photo caption (image courtesy of Dream Catchers):
Riverside and Earl2015.jpg (L to R) Earl the therapy horse, Nancy Paschall, Executive Director at Dream Catchers, Dr. Jim Lesnick, Senior Vice President and Medical Director, Riverside Medical Group, Arlene Messina, Director of Nursing and Patient Care Services at Riverside Doctors' Hospital Williamsburg (RDHW), Dr. James McCorry, Medical Director of RDHW, Carrie Karnes, Volunteer Coordinator at RDHW and Margie Tate, volunteer at RDHW
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 Richmond 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. Dream Catchers holds a perfect score in certification by the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH), which promotes safe and effective therapeutic horseback riding throughout the world serving men, women and children with special needs through a variety of equine-assisted activities and therapy programs.
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