Dream Catchers to Host Annual Fundraising Event This Weekend

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From left to right: the horse "Red," Dream Catchers Executive Director Nancy Paschall, Williamsburg President of Monarch Bank Bernie Ngo, Dream Catchers Board President Janet Mayberry Laughlin, Vice President and Williamsburg Office Manager Susan West, Monarch Bank Personal Banker Theresa Falis and Monarch Bank Personal Banker Leslie Conway pose with an oversized check containing the bank's $4,500 donation. (Courtesy Madigan, Pratt and Associates)
From left to right: the horse “Red,” Dream Catchers Executive Director Nancy Paschall, Williamsburg President of Monarch Bank Bernie Ngo, Dream Catchers Board President Janet Mayberry Laughlin, Vice President and Williamsburg Office Manager Susan West, Monarch Bank Personal Banker Theresa Falis and Monarch Bank Personal Banker Leslie Conway pose with an oversized check containing the bank’s $4,500 donation. (Courtesy Madigan, Pratt and Associates)

Dream Catchers, a nonprofit in James City County where children and adults with special needs can go for therapeutic horse riding lessons, will host its annual Bridles & Bow Ties fundraising event Saturday.

The event starts at 5 p.m. Saturday at the Cori Sikich Therapeutic Riding Center.

Attendees get to enjoy a cocktail reception, student riding demonstrations and a screening of the Preakness Stakes horse race on large televisions.

Afterward, the Catering Company will offer dinner and there will be a live auction to raise money, according to a news release from Madigan, Pratt and Associates.

Included in this year’s auction is a getaway to Residence Club at PGA West near Palm Springs, Calif., a bottle of 1982 Chateau Mouton Rothchild wine, the chance to drive supercars in Las Vegas and a vacation to Bermuda.

Dream Catchers offers more than 120 lessons each week to people with one of 140 conditions, including autism, cerebral palsy, trauma, cancer and stroke.

Tickets to the auction can be purchased for $100 at the Dream Catchers website or by calling 566-1775.

Dream Catchers does not release dollar figures from fundraising ventures, but Amy Kerr of Madigan, Pratt and Associates said proceeds from last year’s event totaled 18 percent of the nonprofit’s annual operating revenue.

The auction is sponsored by Monarch Bank, which donated $4,500 to secure that role. This will be the third year the bank has acted as the auction’s sponsor.

“Monarch Bank is proud to help Dream Catchers further its mission to improve the lives of its students and families right here in our Hampton Roads community, many of whom are our neighbors and friends,” Bernie Ngo, Williamsburg President of Monarch Bank, said in the release.

Dream Catchers Executive Director Nancy Paschall said her nonprofit is thankful to Monarch Bank for its gifts, which have helped many students receive services.

The nonprofit is located at 10120 Fire Tower Road near the New Kent County line.

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