High Hopes Therapeutic Riding Announces 2nd Annual Hoedown Event and Corporate Sponsors

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High Hopes Therapeutic Riding announces its second annual Hoedown event and corporate sponsors. The afternoon and evening, held on the High Hopes grounds in Old Lyme, CT, will include wholesome family fun for volunteers, participants and the community at large, ending with a delicious BBQ dinner sponsored by Outback Steakhouse of New London, and a performance by country band Smokehouse.

High Hopes Therapeutic Riding is pleased to announce that it will continue its family Hoedown event, setting the 2010 date for Saturday September 11th. The Old Lyme therapeutic riding center welcomes back Lawrence & Memorial Hospital as the feature event sponsor. Other leading sponsors include: Guilford Savings Bank, Bob's Discount Furniture, media sponsor 97.7 Continuous Country and Classic Hits 98.7, brand and communications sponsor Outthink and dinner sponsor, Outback Steak House of New London returns to provide a delicious barbeque supper. Southern Exposure of Mystic and Westbrook is once again the official outfitter for the High Hopes Hoedown and will be donating a portion of sales to High Hopes on all western related apparel.    Returning event emcees are Cathy Poulin from Bob's Discount Furniture and local impresario Ken Kitchings.

"We are so proud to be able to increase our support this year for such a worthwhile organization," said Cathy Poulin, TV personality and Director of Public Relations for Bob's Discount Furniture. "Thanks to fundraising events like the Hoedown, High Hopes has the means to continue to inspire and motivate thousands of children and adults through the wonderful therapeutic services the organization provides."

“Our generous sponsors help make this event possible, and help us to share the benefits of High Hopes to an expanded community,” said Kitty Stalsburg, Executive Director of High Hopes. “The more we can get our message out, the more we can continue our tradition of excellence in therapeutic horseback riding.”

The High Hopes Hoedown will offer a day of wholesome family fun for volunteers, participants and the community at large, with the goal of raising awareness and revenue for the organization. “We expect to draw over 500 people, and we’re always looking for involvement from additional community members,” remarked Stalsburg.

The Hoedown’s busy day of events is slated to begin mid-afternoon on September 11th with outdoor games and competitions. Local sponsor companies are fielding teams for contests such as hay bale tosses and wheel barrel relay races while plenty of kid’s games and fun family activities will add to the community feel of the day. A highlight of the day’s activities is the friendly fire fighting completion amongst area volunteer fire departments. High Hopes is excited to have commitments from local firefighter teams that will face off in challenges of their firefighting skills for the audience to cheer on. The outdoor schedule will be capped off with demonstrations of the therapeutic horseback riding that is the foundation of High Hopes. After the delicious BBQ dinner country band Smokehouse will provide entertainment for family fun and dancing.

Tickets will go on sale for the Hoedown later in July, but in the meantime, High Hopes encourages anyone wishing to sponsor the event, or to help attract additional resources or participants, to call Sara Qua, Development Director at 860-434-1974, or to visit http://www.highhopestr.org. High Hopes is located at 36 Town Woods Road in Old Lyme, Connecticut.

High Hopes is one of the oldest and largest therapeutic riding centers in the United States, operating since 1974 and accredited by the North American Riding for the Handicapped Association since 1979. The organization serves residents of Southeastern Connecticut, delivering over 7,300 equine assisted activities and therapy sessions per year to over 1,000 children and adults with disabilities. High Hopes is assisted by over 500 volunteers and has a herd of 22 horses specifically trained for therapeutic riding.

Sara Qua, Director of Development
860-434-1974 x22


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