Therapy ranch to hold first fundraising gala

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Cradle U Therapy Ranch will be holding its Inaugural “Dust Up” Dinner and Dance Fundraising Gala from 6 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 16, to raise money for operating costs of the ranch.

Cradle U Therapy Ranch is a nonprofit public charity whose mission is to provide hippotherapy and therapeutic riding for special needs children and adults, at risk teens, wounded warriors and first responders, those suffering with PTSD, or anyone in need of healing therapy. Hippotherapy refers to treatment or therapy aided by a horse. It is a form of physical, occupational and speech therapy in which a therapist uses the characteristic movements of a horse to provide carefully graded motor and sensory input for treatment of patients with neurological or other disabilities such as autism, cerebral palsy, arthritis, multiple sclerosis, head injury, stroke, spinal cord injury, behavioral disorders and psychiatric disorders.

Money raised from the dinner and dance will aid the construction of an enclosed riding arena which will allow Cradle U Therapy Ranch to offer hippotherapy and therapeutic riding sessions year round, regardless of summer heat and cold of winter. The event will feature

music from The Frio River Band, freshly prepared dinners with sides and refreshments, dancing, door prizes, “Jail & Bail” fundraiser, vendor tables, door prizes, raffles and a silent auction.

The gala will be held at the Hollytree Country Club, 6700 Hollytree Dr, Tyler. Regular tickets are $50 each, and VIP tickets are $75 each (preferred seating and goody bag). Check-in for the event begins at 4 p.m. and dinner is at 6 p.m. For ticket availability or more information, call Nancy A. Upshaw at 903-740-2509.

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