Mission Valley Bank presents Carousel Ranch's Heart of the West
July, 2008 - Issue #45
August 23, 5:30 p.m.
August 23, 5:30 p.m.
There is no one "story" of Carousel Ranch. Like a quilt with many pieces, this horse-based therapy organization is a sum of its inspirational parts.

Carly is a piece of our quilt. Every Friday at 5 p.m., she forgets that she has Cerebral Palsy and giddily explores the world beyond her wheelchair. Little Cassidy is also a part of the Carousel Ranch legacy. She was born with Perisylvian Syndrome - a disorder that has damaged the portion of the brain that controls speech and swallowing. But since receiving equestrian therapy here, she's developed her diaphragm muscle and can now for the first time utter, "Momma."

Carousel Ranch is a nonprofit organization that provides equestrian therapy to children with disabilities. It is a priceless form of therapy on top of a horse, disguised as fun. And although many of the kids think of it as "fun," far more important things happen when a disabled child rides.

A new chapter is written in our communal Carousel Ranch story every day, and it is entirely because of our community that the "end" of this book is no where in sight. A large percentage of the 100 children who ride each week need their tuition subsidized by scholarships - their families have enormous financial obligations with their traditional medical expenses and therapy would otherwise be out of reach.

Please help us again as we come together to ensure that no child is turned away because of inability to pay.

This year, we will again host Heart of the West - presented by Mission Valley Bank - as a means to raise the very-necessary operational funds for this results-based therapy program. It's a night of delicious dining, amazing auction items, lively casino action and a horseback demonstration by the
children of Carousel Ranch, which tenderly reminds everyone present why their support means so much.

Many of our local businesses and individuals have made a tradition of sponsoring Heart of the West. Cindy Smith, owner of RSVP - The Catering Company, will provide the memorable fine dining experience. Babe's Dessert Bar will satisfy your sweet tooth with a very special VIP dessert, while Vincent Hill Station will wet everyone's whistle at the saloon. SOS Entertainment will keep the night going with an amazing sound and visual presentation.

We hope that you can join the families, friends and staff of Carousel Ranch at this year's Heart of the West. You, too, can be a part of our quilt!

Heart of the West at a Glance
August 23, 5:30 p.m.
Where: the Blomgren Family Estate on Sierra Highway
What: gourmet Western dining; live and silent auctions; Old Town Casino; children's demonstration on horseback
Why: to support Carousel Ranch's goal of providing hope and miracles to families coping with childhood disease or disability
Dress: cowboy casual
How Much: General Tickets $85 includes gourmet buffet; VIP tickets $175 includes served gourmet meal, preferred seating and gift
To make donations, purchase tickets or sponsorship information: 268-8010

Special Thanks to our 2008 Heart of the West Sponsors

Presenting Sponsor

Event Sponsors
The Blomgren Family • RSVP- The Catering Company
Vincent Hill Station

Golden Dream 1 Year Scholarship SponsorsAffordable Quality Moving & Storage / Salt Creek Grille
Fishkin & Associates, Attorneys at Law • Good Neighbor Pharmacy
Inside SCV Magazine • Paul A. Hughes Family Foundation
Santa Clarita Concrete

Silver Saddle Half Year Scholarship Sponsors
High Definition Audio/Video • Keyes Lexus of Valencia
Mission Valley Sanitation • Princess Cruises • SCVTV
Sandy & Craig/RE MAX • Sunshine Child Care/Legacy Academy

Marshall's Table Sponsors
California United Bank • Allied Waste/BFI • The Gore Family
Key Information Systems • MB2 Raceway • Stage Stop Hay & Tack

Sheriff's Table Sponsors
Backwoods Inn • Carpenter Family - PACC Auto • L/B/W Insurance
Mercedes Benz of Valencia • Progressive Steps

Trail Boss Sponsor
Maria's Italian Kitchen

Buckaroo Sponsor
Pat and Laura Riggen

Media Sponsors
Inside SCV Magazine • KHTS - AM 1220 • SCVTV • The Signal

Entertainment Sponsor
SOS Entertainment

Program Sponsor
Inside SCV Magazine • The Signal

Special thanks to:
Andy Gump, ACE Party Rentals, A Rental Connection, Audio Tek,
Babe's Dessert Bar, Mike Bjorkman, Gary Choppe, Finery,
Flower Power LA, Pam & Steve Ingram, Newhall Coffee Roasting,
Prima Enterprises & Curt Waite
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