A Kennewick family is thrilled with winning a heavy-duty spring rocking horse created as a way to raise money for the Department of Human Services Child Welfare program’s foster parent and child fund in Umatilla County.

A total of $863 was raised through the effort. The money will be used by DHS Child Welfare for area foster families.

Ben and Kaylie Boykin’s daughter insisted that the family purchase raffle tickets for a chance to win Brando after seeing it on display during the Umatilla County Fair. The 4-foot long metal work and fabricated spring horse was created by Marvin Hamilton and Jason Bremner, both DHS employees. The spring was donated by Hagerman Inc. of Umatilla.

With luck on their side, Judge Eva Temple pulled the Boykin’s ticket out of a hat during the drawing, which was held Sept. 14 after the Westward Ho! Parade in Pendleton. Allie, Austin and Aiden Boykin, along with children in Boykin’s daycare will enjoy playing on Brando, said Kaylie, who used to live in Pendleton.

For information about how to support children in foster care, call 541-564-4484.

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