The Raemelton Therapeutic Equestrian Center is hosting their annual fall fundraiser on September 6. For this year’s event they are reviving the very popular Oktoberfest celebration from years past.
The event will take place at Snow Trails from 5:30 pm until midnight. An authentic German dinner will kick off the evening at 5:30 pm with an open bar that will serve from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm for dinner guests.
The Crazy Gringos band from Galion, Ohio and dancers for Liederkrantz will provide entertainment during dinner. The event will also feature 2 Oktoberfest beers from the Phoenix Brewing Company.
Tickets for the dinner and open bar are $125 per person and can be purchased by calling Raemelton at 419-756-0040 or you can reserve your tickets online at http://www.raemelton.org/news.html.
The event will open up to the public starting at 9:00 pm for the popular Columbus-based Reggae band, The Ark Band. There will be a $10 cover at the door for the public.
Raemelton Executive Director, Dawn Wisdom, explained that the proceeds from the event are used to support Raemelton’s mission and will be used to provide scholarships to students with financial hardship to pay for therapy services.
“Our goal is to never turn a student away who would benefit from our services due to an inability to pay,” said Wisdom. “The dollars generated through Oktoberfest help ensure that we have adequate funding to provide this opportunity to them.”
Oktoberfest Coordinator and Chairperson Carolyn Carto heads this year’s event committee. Carto expressed that though this is ultimately a fundraising event, raising more money is not their primary focus when planning Oktoberfest.
“Our main goal is not financial, but just for our guests to have a great time,” said Carto.
This is Raemelton’s 3rd Oktoberfest, and each year, the fundraiser grows in size and popularity. Raemelton has limited dinner tickets available for this year’s event. “Tickets are still available, but they are going fast,” said Carto. “So you won’t want to wait to reserve your ticket!”
Though there are limited tickets for the Oktoberfest dinner, the planning committee hopes to see a full house for the public portion of the evening.
Raemelton Therapeutic Equestrian Center was founded in 1995 as a non-profit organization dedicated to providing therapeutic riding for the handicapped.
The organization has grown from serving a small group of thirty-five riders with four horses to serving more than one hundred thirty-five students per week in the Therapeutic Riding and Equine-Facilitated Learning ground programs. The organization now houses seventeen therapeutic equine partners.
The therapeutic riding center is located on the grounds of the former historic Frank Black Estate in Mansfield, Ohio. The Raemelton facilities include an outdoor riding rena, an indoor riding arena with a heated viewing room, smaller climate-controlled indoor arena, ADA accessible grooming/tacking barn, ADA restrooms, two stall barns and ample pasture space.