More than 400 people attended Sonrisas Trails’ “Boots, Buckles & Pearls” fundraiser Saturday evening, and items worth $35,000 were donated to the auction.
“Boots, Buckles & Pearls” was Sonrisas Trails’ very first event in its new Mosaic Arena at 5185 S. Bryant Blvd. The event was a fundraiser specifically for their riding program.
According to Public Relations Director for Sonrisas Trails, Mary Coffey, Sonrisas Trails offer therapeutic horseback riding for children and adults with special needs, and the money that was raised Saturday will stay in San Angelo and go toward the riding program and the horse herd.
“We are increasing our program, which is one of the reasons we are in need of more funding,” Coffey said.
“Not only will we continue to offer classes for children and adults with special needs, we will also start a veteran and military riding program. By raising more money and increasing the horse herd we will be able to offer more classes and more time slots for both children and veterans,” she said.
Safety is one of Sonrisas Trails’ main concerns, and according to Coffey different people need different horses; a horse that fits them.
“This is our permanent home, which is why we chose to have the event here. We wanted people to see where the magic happens. It is really an incredible program and we see miracles happen every day,” Coffey said.
According to Coffey they were hoping for at least 400 attendees and she believes they reached more than 400. They also had over $35,000 worth of items donated for both the silent and live auction.
Besides a silent and live auction, there were live music throughout the evening and dinner catered by Just Right BBQ. There was also a photo booth where attendees could have their photos taken at no charge.
“San Angelo is a special town. Base commanders come from all over the world and a lot of them retire here after they have served here. San Angelo takes care of their own. People here support a good cause and they are faithful to it even in bad economy, or drought. People still come out,” said.
Final numbers of how many people attended the event and how much funds the event raised has not yet been calculated. We will post them when they become available. Sonrisas Trails is also planning a summer camp the summer of 2016.
For more information about Sonrisas Trails’ programs and the upcoming summer camp, call 325-949-4837, email firstname.lastname@example.org or go to sonrisasriding.org.