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Horses of Hope names program director, plans fundraiser

MACKEYVILLE – Horses of Hope lnc. has appointed Vickie Hancock of Lock Haven as its new program director.

Horses of Hope is a non-profit organization that offers a variety of therapeutic horse-assisted activities for people with special needs.

“Vickie’s love for horses and desire to help those in need, as well as her attention to detail, makes her perfect for the position,” said Laurie Flanagan, Horses of Hope executive director and founder. “Since the program began in 2009, we have expanded every year, and more and more is needed from each person. Vickie has high standards and finds solutions to issues. She is ideal for the position.”

Hancock, who has several family members who are serving or served in the military, already operates a program called Heroes & Horses to assist military veterans. The program operates alongside Horses of Hope at Belles Springs Farm near Mackeyville.

A Horses of Hope fundraiser (sponsored by Heroes & Horses) will be held Saturday, Oct. 8 at the Clinton County Fairgrounds. The patriotic dinner show is entitled “Cowboy Boots Salute the Troops, Past & Present.” It will include a special performance by “The Magical World of Dancing Horses” featuring Jeff Wilson, Diane Olds Rossi and Chuck and Betsie Feighner.

HoH’s mission is to promote the physical, cognitive, emotional and social well-being of people with special needs through equine-assisted activities, and to encourage individuals to meet their full potential, giving them hope one individual at a time. Horses of Hope is a partner agency of the Clinton County United Way.

To learn more about the programs, or volunteer or donate to keep the programs going, call Horses of Hope lnc. at 570-295-2904. The website address is www.horsesofhope.org. and the email address is hors esofhopeinc@gmail.com.

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