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Art from the Heart to benefit Franklin County 4-H Therapeutic Riding Center

August 08, 2012

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — To mark its 30th anniversary, the Franklin County 4-H Therapeutic Riding Center will hold its biannual Art from the Heart fundraiser Sunday, Sept. 23, from 2 to 6 p.m. at Chambersburg Country Club.

Thirty years ago, in the spring of 1982, the riding center started its program with three horses, five riders, a handful of volunteers and investors who shared the same wish —  to have a place in Franklin County where people with special needs could relax and receive therapy through horsemanship.

Today, the center has 10 specially trained horses, 85 active volunteers and 70 participants.
It also has people with special needs who matured in the program and are now helping others in the program.

Art from the Heart is a live and silent auction with donations from local artists. It was first held in 2008 and brought in more than $22,000 to the center. The event was repeated in 2010, and despite the economic crisis, more than $8,000 was raised.

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As the demand for therapeutic riding increases, the center hopes to continue to raise money accordingly.

With the help of the Council for the Arts of Chambersburg and local businesses, pieces of art from local artists and art products and services will be displayed in the live and silent auction on the grounds and clubhouse of Chambersburg Country Club.

The event will feature a live auction, which begins at 3 p.m., with hors d’oeuvres by the Humble Grill, entertainment and book signings.

Proceeds will go toward supporting the center’s operational expenses.

Those who wish to support Art from the Heart by donating a piece of art or other items must fill out a donor form before Sept. 1. The donor forms can be downloaded from the center’s website or sent by email or regular mail.

Sponsors are welcome, as well.

For more information, call Stephanie Corum or Kim Battin at 717-263-0443 or go to www.horseridingtherapy.org.

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