The Second Annual Hoof to Heart fundraising dinner for Mane Support drew nearly double the number of attendees as the first one and raised almost double what was brought in during the inaugural event in 2009.
Mane Support founder Kim Henry was very happy with the event.
“It was great. We had a silent and a live auction and entertainment from the band Six Mile Express,” Henry said. Before expenses, funds raised were approximately $6,500, Henry said.
“We really doubled what we pulled in last year. That was all thanks, first to God and then to everybody who participated in the silent auction,” she said. “The generosity was just wonderful. We don’t charge for the dinner, but we accept donations, and we still have donations coming in by mail.”
Henry was also happy with the turnout. “We doubled our numbers from last year with 123 folks, which was good. We may have had 80 or so last year, but quite a bit of those were staff volunteers and board members. This year, we had guests from all walks of life.”
Henry said she hopes to expand the referral base. “We want to reach out to even more people,” she said.
There was also a fundraising opportunity for guests to underwrite the feed and care costs for specific horses through a “Feel the Love” campaign. Guests taped donations to cut-out hearts on the stall doors of the horses, Henry explained.
Mane Support is a nonprofit organization that provides a ministry through equine-assisted grief counseling to children, teens and adults who have experienced a death, who are anticipating the death of someone they know or who have experienced other types of loss.
Henry also praised the organization’s volunteers. “The volunteer staff and board, without them, I’d be under the barn,” she said.