Columbus, Ohio (PRWEB) September 17, 2013
On Saturday, September 21st the 2nd Annual Fall Rally at the Park will take place at Centennial-Park Harley-Davidson in Pataskala, Ohio. The event is comprised of a ride, a rally, a vendor mall, and much more. In keeping with the company’s charitable DNA, proceeds from the event will benefit two important charities, PBJ Connections and Wounded Warrior Project. The ride portion of the event will begin at Safelite AutoGlass in Worthington, Ohio. This portion of the event will benefit Wounded Warrior Project.
Safelite AutoGlass has chosen the Rally at the Park as the ride ending point. The Rally will feature an eclectic mix of vendors including a caricature artist, a henna tattoo artist, local artists, food trucks, Eddie the therapy donkey and a bonfire. Live entertainment will certainly be a highlight of the day as the Lucky Penny Sisters and Fat Dog perform. Profits generated by the beer garden and vendor donations will be given to local Pataskala Charity PBJ Connections.
PBJ Connections provides professional mental health and behavioral health therapy for youth and families using horses. Working out of locations in Pataskala and Westerville, PBJ Connections is the largest outpatient mental health center exclusively using horses as a treatment model for those struggling with issues such as ADHD, depression, anxiety and Autism, to name a few. The model of therapy allows horses to act like the social prey animals that they are while asking clients to interact with the horses from the ground rather than from the saddle. This gives the clients real-time feedback about their emotions and behaviors as the horses react in real time to what they are sensing.
“Mental health is a huge, stigmatized issue,” says Executive Director and social worker Holly Jedlicka. “It is much easier for us to discuss physical conditions such as cancer or diabetes than it is for us to discuss our severe depression or the reason’s behind our child’s out-of-control behavior. Parents often feel blamed. Children are often totally confused as to why they are acting the way they are. We help to break down those barriers by effectively using the horses to provide the feedback, along with a team of facilitators that includes a mental health professional and an equine specialist. It is such a powerful process that people often refer to is as ‘magic.”
PBJ Connections has a strong presence in Central Ohio and continues to grow. As a non-profit, they rely on donations and grants to continue providing services to those in need, regardless of their ability to pay out-of-pocket or their insurance coverage.
Centennial-Park Harley-Davidson has been preparing for the second annual event diligently and is eager to show off the dealership’s new features. “Centennial Grove,” an impressive space with 100 newly planted specimen trees, as well as its new showroom addition, speak to the vast investment owner Bob Althoff has made.