Community In Focus
Why You should Go to Heart of the West
September, 2015 - Issue #131

HEART OF THE WEST Saturday, August 29 at 6pm
Dinner, Auction and Children's Demonstration
Where: This is the first year that the organization will host their annual event on the Carousel Ranch property off Sierra Highway. See the beautiful covered arena that past event fundraising helped build!
How: Buy your tickets online at

Why You should Go to "Heart of the West"
on August 29

"Carousel Ranch is our community's treasure - a place where special needs children experience some of their GREATEST ACHIEVEMENTS through equestrian therapy. For many, the favorite part of the annual Heart of the West Dinner and Auction is the program demonstration, which provides a way for all of us to experience the sense of accomplishment and sheer joy of our riders first-hand and opens our hearts to Carousel's world of possibilities,"
Marianne Cederlind, senior vice president & chief business banking officer at Mission Valley Bank & president of Carousel Ranch's Board of Directors
The Carousel Ranch Story

Carousel Ranch is a community treasure that is changing lives. For anyone not familiar, this nonprofit organization has provided developmental equestrian therapy for disabled children for nearly two decades.

To feel the impact, imagine a teenage girl confined to a wheelchair being lifted onto the back of a horse and knowing what it feels like to walk for the first time in her life. Or watching a young boy with limited use of his right arm and leg balance atop his favorite mare.

For every child served by the program there are powerful stories to tell. Meet Jalen, a newcomer to the Carousel Ranch family. This little fellow was born missing the nerve bundle that connects the left and right hemispheres of his brain. Now at the tender age of 3, Jalen rides at Carousel Ranch and stood on a horse's back on his first visit. He started walking in circles and backward later at home, tasks he never achieved before.

We hope readers share our passion for the work of Carousel Ranch and join us in offering support for their annual fundraiser, Heart of the West, on August 29.

Pony Up, Partners!
Every dollar - large or small - makes a difference at Carousel Ranch.
$20 Two bags of carrots (15 horses can eat up to 50 pounds of carrots per day!)
$50 Vaccines for one horse for a year
$75 One pair of new shoes (You know horses and their shoes... they need new ones every six to eight weeks!)
$125 Feed for a month for one horse
$200 Fly control for one month
$500 Typical veterinary bill when a horse is sick
$1,000 Sponsors a child's therapy for six months
$3,500 Sponsors a horse for a year
$5,500 Three-month supply of alfalfa cubes for horses
$20,000 Horse feed, supplies & supplements per year
Want to "pony up?" Attend Heart of the West Dinner, Auction and Children's Demonstration on Saturday, August 29 at Carousel Ranch or make a donation online at

Live Auction Items You won't Want to Miss!
Heart of the West's live auction is known for distinctive once-in-a-lifetime items. What's on your wish list?

Recording Session with Grammy Award Winning
Music Producer at One of Hollywood's Most Famous Studios

donated by Chris "Tek" O'Ryan and Henson Studios

15-day Princess Cruise for Two to the Hawaiian Islands
donated by Princess Cruises Community Foundation

Catered Sushi Station Dinner for 20 in your Home
donated by Kudo Private Dining

Luxury Helicopter Tour of Los Angeles
donated by Wayne & Connie Spears

PLUS trips to France, Colorado, Cebu, Cambria, Lake Nacimiento,
Colorado, Vancouver, EA Games and many more!


Mission Valley Bank's local roots run deep, motivated by the desire to be an integral part of the area they serve. A strong community thrives on personal relationships and Mission Valley Bank supports - and is honored to be supported by - the Santa Clarita Valley. Mission Valley Bank is more than just another local bank. They are a full-service, independent, commercial bank that is locally-owned, community minded and relationship driven. They're proud to have earned their reputation as Trusted Advisors. Mission Valley Bank is as dedicated to their customers' success as they are. They appreciate their business and welcome the opportunity to earn yours. Mission Valley Bank Centre Pointe Business Banking Office 775-4113
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