Helping more kids Ride With Pride

Ride With Pride will be hosting its first benefit concert on Friday, Sept. 10. The concert will take place at the Frontier Culture Museum in Staunton. Gates will open at 6 p.m., and music will begin at 7 p.m.

The bands performing at the Ride With Pride Benefit Concert will be local artists Lisa Meadows and the Virginia Dreams Band as well as Faithful Men Gospel Group. Tickets are $15 per person, which will include lawn seating and a BBQ dinner catered by Tim Flick.

“Everything is being donated, including the catered dinner. The performers are also donating their time and energy,” says Debbie Winters, Ride With Pride Program Director.

All proceeds from the benefit concert will directly benefit the organization.

Ride With Pride is a nonprofit organization that has been in the Valley since 1989. The organization helps special-needs children and adults with “therapeutic equine activities.” Winters says, “Having special-needs people work with horses also helps with their attention and cognitive skills. It also helps children with emotional issues. Just being around horses that they know are going to be there for them really helps.”

The organization sees about 80 kids throughout the week. They also work with the Department of Social Services as well as special-education programs.

“This is the first time we have tried something like this benefit concert,” says Winter. We are very excited that these bands are helping out. We usually do fundraisers that involve horses, so we are a little out of our element, but hopefully we will make lots of money for our program and be able to help even more people in the Valley.”

Music will go from 7 p.m until 9 p.m.

For more information about Ride With Pride, visit their website: http://ridewithprideva.org.
 
 

Story by Jenny Hypes. Jenny can be reached at jenny.hypes@emu.edu.


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