Fundraiser to help local children with disabilities 

The nonprofit helps kids ages 3 to 16 with physical and mental disabilities — including autism, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder and spina bifida — improve their conditions.  

“Sunset Stampede” will be held from 7 to 11 p.m. Sept. 30 at the Express Event Center, 8512 N.W. Expressway. The event will include a barbecue dinner from Earl’s Rib Palace, country music and silent and live auctions.

Velinda Baker, executive director of the Sunset Therapeutic Riding Center, said she hopes to raise $40,000.
 
“It’s to keep these horses going and to keep the kids able to ride,” Baker said. “If we can make enough money, we will bring on our equine manager full-time and add more horses.”

When the facility opened in 2010, there was one horse and five kids, but as of May, there are seven horses and about 27 kids, she said.

“The problem is the classes we have now are full, and until we can bring in additional horses and bring in another person on salary, we can’t grow,” Baker said.

Tickets are $25; reservations must be made by Sept. 22. For more information, call Linda Manaugh at 812-6457. —Carmen Forman

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