Loveland’s Hearts and Horses Therapeutic Riding Center is holding its annual silent online fundraising auction as the group prepares for its 21st annual gala this weekend.
The non-profit organization operates as a therapeutic equestrian center and has strived to provide services to the community since 1997.
“Hearts and Horses is truly committed to serving a truly underserved population,” said Summer Alameel, Head of Development and Communications. “Research is really growing in this body of work, and the horse-human relationship has been shown to be very effective in people leading healthier lives.”
“There is something magical about partnering with a horse,” she added.
The Lucky Hearts Gala is held once a year to raise funds for the organization through attendees and a live auction. The live auction includes an invitation to dine at Loveland Fire Rescue Authority Station 7 and a trip to the Amalfi Coast in Italy. The gala will take place from 5:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. on Saturday. Tickets are limited due to health restrictions related to COVID-19.
The silent auction was launched on September 27 and will run until the day of the gala. According to their website, this year the goal is to raise $ 350,000 in “funding vital for our programming and operational needs.”
The silent auction prizes include a signed football signed by Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes and tight end Travis Kelce as well as a seven-day trip for two to the Canadian Rockies.
Alameel said funds raised at the gala help them provide services to those in need, covering two-thirds of the cost of each session.
“This gala and silent auction is how we reach our attendees and make these services available,” she said.
The silent auction, which was launched on Monday, will run until 10 p.m. on October 2 and can be viewed at heartsandhorses.org. Further information on the gala as well as Hearts and Horses in general can be found on their website.