Therapeutic Riding of Tucson to benefit from luncheon

Peggy McGee

The Green Valley Chapter Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) Auxiliary will be sponsoring a fundraising luncheon on Tuesday, February 27 at noon in the Madera Clubhouse Ballroom. Doors will open for a period of socializing at 11:30 a.m.

The Auxiliary’s goal is to raise funds for the Heroes on Horses program sponsored by Therapeutic Riding of Tucson (TROT), an organization that provides horse riding experiences for youth and adults. They also have a special program for veterans suffering from physical injuries as well as post-traumatic stress disorder. One of the many goals of the program is to reintegrate the service member into a calm, peaceful social environment. This goal is accomplished by enabling the service member or veteran to ride in a private or group session with a horse and instructor. Over time the veterans’ confidence and ability to trust increases and they find empowerment in being in control of their equine partners. The Heroes on Horses program never charges veterans for TROT services but rather they rely on donations to keep the program viable. Thus, it is the veteran program for which the Auxiliary is raising funds.

Lunch will feature a baked potato bar with chili or broccoli and cheese toppings plus all the fixings, accompanied by salad and dessert. The cost of the luncheon will be $20. Anyone interested in learning about TROT and its amazing programs is invited to attend whether or not they are a member of MOAA.

The group also plans to have a 50/50 raffle at the luncheon to raise additional funds for TROT. To make your luncheon reservation, please contact Betty Atwater at 520-399-3261. Deadline to purchase tickets is February 19.