Hoe-Down returns to benefit Children’s TherAPlay


By Desiree Williams

The Children’s TherAplay Hoe-Down returns this month.

Executive Director Kathy Pelletier said the Sept. 21 Hoe-Down is the organization’s unique spin on a traditional gala.

Children’s TherAplay Executive Director Kathy Pelletier. (Submitted photo)

“It’s not high heels,” she said. “It’s not rubber chicken. It’s barbecue and a mechanical bull. It’s just a really relaxed event that gets everybody to have a good time and really celebrate the accomplishments of the year.”

The Hoe-Down is a fundraiser to support Children’s TherAplay’s mission to help children with special needs achieve functional goals through hippotherapy. Hippotherapy treatments use the dynamic movements of a horse, which closely resemble that of humans, to develop children’s physical skills.

The Carmel-based nonprofit is one of the few clinics in the nation offering physical and occupational therapy.

The Hoe-Down is the organization’s largest annual event. It will include live music, live and silent auctions, a wine pull and more. The event is moving to the Lucky Farms Stable, another barn on the TherAPlay property, because of preparation for construction in the main clinic space. Children’s TherAplay will soon undergo a $3.6 million renovation, adding 11,000 square feet of office and clinic space to allow more families access to the treatment option.

The Hoe-Down begins at 7 p.m. Sept. 21 at Children’s TherAPlay, 9919 Towne Rd. General admission tickets are $100 until Sept. 15.

For $200, guests can purchase pre-party tickets, which include early entry at 6 p.m. and access to chair massages, bourbon tastings and premium drinks and appetizers.

“It’s a great chance for our supporters to come out, and we spoil them with a good time and they spoil us in return with generously supporting the cause,” Pelletier said.

The event is for adults only. For more, visit childrenstheraplay.org.

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