Dream Catcher

Brasen Newsom gives a high-five to volunteer Obie Fordice during a riding lesson at Dream Catcher Therapeutics in Pendleton.

It’s time to giddy-up and help raise money for Dream Catcher Therapeutics.

The nonprofit organization provides individuals with physical, emotional and developmental challenges an opportunity to discover their abilities and stir up hope through equine activities. Participants engage in riding, grooming and bonding with horses.

The Chocolate Derby benefit event, is Saturday, April 6 at 6:30 p.m. at Hamley Slickfork Saloon, 8 S.E. Court Ave., Pendleton. Tickets are $30 each or $225 for a table of eight. Those attending are invited to don their best Derby attire.

In addition to enjoying an evening filled with chocolate, the event features silent and live auctions, raffles and live music by Whiskey for Breakfast.

Raffle tickets for an approximately 72-inch by 84-inch quilt finished and quilted by Colleen Blackwood will be available for purchase. They are $5 each or five for $20.

Dream Catcher was initially founded in 2001 by Gary and Rebecca Adams, said Morgan Matteson, the organization’s executive director. The couple’s son, who has cerebral palsy, experienced gains through equine therapy.

Dream Catcher works with individuals of all ages. Clinical studies indicate positive results from equine assisted activities, including people with multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, autism, Down syndrome, post-traumatic stress disorder, stroke and traumatic brain injury. Matteson said those struggling with loss and grief also have benefited from equine therapy.

Volunteers are welcome at Dream Catcher. A training session will be held Sunday, April 14 at 3 p.m.

For more about Dream Catcher or to buy tickets for the Chocolate Derby, call 541-377-1479, email dreamcatchertherapeutics@gmail.com or visit www.dreamcatchertrc.org. Tickets can also be purchased at Pendleton Art + Frame, 36 S.W. Court Ave.

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