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Derby Day at the Farm

McKenna Farms is hosting the 3rd annual Derby Day at the Farm fundraiser on May 4, 2019. Vic Reynolds, the newly-appointed GBI Director, is returning as emcee. Guests will enjoy watching the Kentucky Derby live at McKenna’s beautiful 20-acre horse farm. The evening includes live music, a BBQ dinner, cash bar, silent auction, hat contest, wine toss and betting on the race.
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All proceeds benefit McKenna Farms Therapy Services, a nonprofit organization who has been serving children with special needs in our community since 2001. McKenna Farms offers physical, occupational, and speech therapies in various settings including clinical, aquatic, and through the use of equine movement in hippotherapy and therapeutic riding. Their therapists work as a team through comprehensive interdisciplinary services to help children achieve their full potential.
McKenna Farms currently serves over 500 children each week who have a variety of diagnoses and delays in development including: autism, cerebral palsy, spina bifida, Down syndrome, traumatic brain injury, and learning and language disabilities. Due to the nature of their challenges, these kids have already spent much of their young lives in doctors’ offices and hospitals. McKenna offers a wonderful alternative with their dynamic, nurturing, and home-like farm environment. Kids look forward to visiting the Farm so they can ride their favorite horse or “play” with their therapist in the gym. They do not realize the hard work they’re putting in because they’re having fun.
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As a current parent said, “My son dreaded going to therapy at a clinic and the tantrums were horrific for me. Now he can hardly wait to get to McKenna Farms. For him, it’s all about the love he feels from the horses and the team. It is truly the highlight of his week, hence mine too.”
In addition to therapy, McKenna Farms offers summer camps, social skills groups, a Special Olympics equestrian team, support groups and workshops for parents, and a Horses Helping Heroes program for military veterans.
Derby Day is a great opportunity to learn more about McKenna Farms, have some fun, and support a great cause! As a nonprofit organization, they depend heavily on foundations, corporations, and private donors in addition to fees for services. Fees through insurance and direct pay only cover a portion of the staffing, equipment, and other resources required to provide the highest possible quality treatment and solutions for every child. Volunteer support is also critical, and the Farm regularly utilizes over 200 volunteers to care for the horses, maintain the property, and assist during therapy sessions.
For more information and to purchase your tickets for Derby Day, visit www.mckennafarms.org/DerbyDay. Boots and big hats encouraged! Doors open at 4:30pm. For sponsorship opportunities, email mbaker@mckennafarms.org.