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Equestrian Connection – Marty’s Barn Party 2018

Event Date: September 29, 2018

Equestrian Connection is one of the largest equine therapy centers in the nation.   Located in Lake Forest,IL, it is a not-for-profit organization that was founded in 2001 to provide various types of therapies to people with special needs.  The organization aids individuals with Cerebral Palsy, Autism, Down Syndrome, Multiple Sclerosis, Traumatic Brain Injury and Dementia.  This year they are very excited to announce that they’ve also added two new areas of focus, mental health and veteran support, as well as a new tag line: BEST DAYS HAPPEN HERE!

Their new mental health program addresses many aspects of mental health by offering a non-clinical setting for their team of therapists to help those dealing with anxiety, depression, loss, and addiction, as well as victims of trafficking and sexual abuse.  The veteran outreach emphasizes creating a support program to reconnect veterans dealing with PTSD, as well as supporting their families.

Marty’s Barn Party is a major fundraiser for Equestrian Connection.  Since 2006, they’ve been converting their 16,000 square foot arena into an elegant dinner and auction for an evening of entertainment.  This year’s entertainer is Big Head Todd and the Monsters with guest star Ronnie Baker Brooks.  The goal for the evening is to raise $150,000 for therapy scholarships, $50,000 for veteran programming and $25,000 for renovation of their sensory room.  Additionally, this year two donors stepped up to help them purchase an additional 6 acres for expansion.  They will be trying to raise money for new pastures for retired horses, a hay/equipment barn and office expansion.

Quadrant is honored to have been a supporter of Marty’s Barn Party and Equestrian Connection for the last several years.  To learn more, please visit their website at www.equestrianconnection.org

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