Special CHEERS presents Stand by Me 15th Anniversary Gala
Special CHEERS (Children with Horses for Evaluation, Education, Rehabilitation, and Socialization) celebrates its 15-year anniversary with Stand by Me, a western-themed fundraiser with barbecue, adult beverages, dancing, live and silent auctions and music by the Shayne Still & Southern Blend Band.
The nonprofit operates on 240 acres of land consisting of trails and pasture in Northwest Houston and employs a range of occupational therapy services for children and adults with special needs, with a strong focus on equine therapy. This allows clients to use the movement of the horse as part of the treatment strategy. (All Special CHEERS horses are rescue animals.) Language development, physical mobility, stability, strength, visual control, motor planning, self-esteem and attention are benefits of using a horse as a treatment tool.
Funds raised at Stand by Me will target three initiatives: 1) replacement of a ramp/deck that was damaged due to flooding; 2) feeding of 14 horses at $4000 a month and 3) scholarships for children from lower-income families.