What in tarnation is a Hootenanny? If you’re one of the people who isn’t sure of the answer to that question, you need to come out to Beyond Stable Farm, 11129 Rt. 176, Woodstock, for the Veterans R&R Wild Horse Hootenanny from 6 p.m. to midnight, Saturday, Oct. 20. But, learning about a Hootenanny is only one of a multitude of reasons to come. The best reason is that the party will benefit Veterans R&R’s Operation Wild Horse Program.
Veterans R&R is a 501c3 Not For Profit, assists veterans and military families to overcome the trauma of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder – PTSD – that many experience as a result of the service they gave to our great nation. The organization puts the veterans together with horses. Working with the horses has an incredible calming effect on the veterans.
“Our participants are taught horsemanship and riding skills and given an opportunity to build a relationship with a wild Mustang,” said Veterans R&R Program Director Patti Gruber. “When the bond is formed it is life changing.
“The Mustangs in the program have been adopted directly from the Bureau of Land Management, saved from kill pens or adopted through the Mustang Heritage Foundation. The program is supported 100 percent through donations and zero costs to the veterans and military families participating.”
Still, there are other good reasons to come to the Hootenanny. For instance, Stateline Country Band will perform live, food trucks will provide a plethora of dining opportunities and there are raffle items, silent and live auctions. Tickets for the event are only $10.
While the event is about a month off, MC3, a McHenry Area Chamber of Commerce Business Networking Group, which is co-hosting the Hootenanny, is seeking donations for the raffles and auctions. The group is also accepting cash donations.
For those whishing to donate, they can contact MC3 President Wayne Seely at firstname.lastname@example.org. Cash donations should be made out to Veterans R&R.