Our friend Dana called last week to see if we could help at a fundraiser this weekend. When she told us about the beneficiary of that fundraiser, we knew we had to be there.
Here's what SpiritHorse Therapeutic Center is all about (as described on its website):
SpiritHorse Therapeutic provides free therapeutic horseback riding services to over 450 children and adults from ten counties in the Greater Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex each week at our facilities in Corinth, just north of Dallas, Texas. We currently serve more children than any center in the world. We are unique in that SpiritHorse is the only large center in America that provides all private therapeutic horseback riding services free of charge in our six programs: Disabilities, Children who are Victims of Abuse/Violence, At-Risk-Youth, Battered Women, and Youth After-Drug Rehab. Our mission is, "To Assist Each Child with Special Needs in Reaching Their Full Potential through Interaction with Horses."
This horseback riding therapy has greatly helped Dana's son, and through this event, we learned about kids who said their first words or took their first steps at SpiritHorse.
So our job? We waited tables at their annual fiesta barbecue.
In addition to selling tickets to the event, organizers had silent and live auctions to raise money for the center. There were a bunch of volunteers helping, including several fellow HCC-ers.
Face-painting and bounce houses helped keep the kids entertained. Then it was time for dinner, which is where we came in. We waited on two sponsors' tables, serving their food and drinks.
Later, once the sponsors were well fed, it was our turn to grab a bite.
We also heard from Charles Fletcher, the center's founder. Dana has nothing but awesome things to say about this man who has dedicated his retirement to helping kids and adults.
Yes, it made for a long day, and yes, we were really tired by the time we got home. But more than anything, we were so honored to get to serve in such a simple way for such a good cause!