An organization that helps people through their emotional pain through the magic of horses is reaching out for help.
Horses Heal Hearts of Michigan bring the power of horses to those who need it most. In the last year they have worked with more than 30 organizations specializing in kids with special needs or ones that have lost a parent.
President Dave Zarek said they really help anyone that needs a hoof up.
“We’ve started working with about 12 different veterans associations so that we can help disabled vets, vets going through PTSD. We also help a lot of seniors. We go out to rehabilitation centers and help patients feel the love from the horses and brighten up their day a little bit,” Zarek said.
The organization runs solely on donations to make sure no one pays a dime for their experience.
Friday, Oct. 12 is one of their biggest fundraisers to date. They are hosting a denim and diamonds gala and auction.
“There’s going to be all sorts of different things for auction, a lot of cool baskets that are going to be there. It’s going to be a great event and it all raises money for Horses Heal Hearts of Michigan so we can continue our mission to brighten people’s lives over the five counties that we serve,” Zarek said.
Zarek said Windwalker Farms absorbs most of the expenses for caring for the horses, but the cost to insure them is not cheap.
Scrappy is one of the two horses that the organization uses. They are hoping to expand in the future.
“We want to get another four to six horses involved in the program so there’s another need for more funding,” Zarek said.
More funding means more horses to help heal hearts all over Michigan.
The fundraiser is at 7 p.m. at the Club Venetian in Madison Heights. Tickets start at $65.