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HorsePower to host 2nd annual bowling fundraiser

ST. CHARLES—HorsePower Therapeutic Riding, a not-for-profit organization in Maple Park, will host its second annual bowling fundraiser on Saturday, Jan. 18, from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at St. Charles Bowl, 2520 W. Main Street in St. Charles.

There will be two bowling sessions during the event, with one from noon to 2 p.m., and the other from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets can be purchased online at www.horsepower.ticketleap.com/bowling. Tickets are $25 for adults and $10 for kids who are age 10 and under. There will be no charge for children under the age of 3.

Non-bowlers are also encouraged to attend with a reduced ticket rate of $15. There is an unlimited amount of tickets available for non-bowlers.

The fundraiser will feature silent auctions, cupcake sales, jewelry sales, pizza and a 50/50 faffle.

Carrie Capes, program director and co-founder of HorsePower, hopes to raise $17,000 at the event on Saturday. The money raised will help to purchase lesson equipment and benefit the students HorsePower currently has on scholarship, while also allowing for more scholarships.

“Our scholarships put kids and adults up on a horse when they normally wouldn’t be able to take lessons,” Capes said. “We currently have seven students who are on scholarship now, and we hope to have fourteen students on scholarship this year.”

There are 35 students who currently take riding lessons at HorsePower. Students who have a physical, mental, emotional or cognitive disability benefit in a huge way from horse riding lessons, gaining communications skills, physical stability and emotional empowerment.

HorsePower Therapeutic Riding was co-founded by PATH certified instructor Capes and Wholesale & Correspondent Lending Officer Justin Yahnig in March 2012 with the hope that people with disabilities would experience the healing and empowerment that comes from a horse.

Anyone interested in donating to HorsePower can visit their website at www.horsepowertr.com and click on the donate button.