Luncheon event to benefit therapeutic riding center

Whispering Manes Therapeutic Riding Center, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing therapeutic horseback riding lessons to people with disabilities, will host the First Annual Shoe Fairies Luncheon on Sunday, Nov. 4, noon-3 p.m., at 8500 SW 182 St. in Palmetto Bay. Participants can register online at

The Shoe Fairies Luncheon, co-chaired by Linda Peterson and Helen Picard, will reach out to more than 100 women in an effort to raise funds to support equine assisted therapy programs for hundreds of affected children and adults as well as local veterans returning from war with PSTD and social disabilities.

Attendees will have the opportunity to bid on select items offered through a silent auction as well as participate in an early holiday shopping event with local vendors. The afternoon also will feature a fashion show courtesy of Cocoa Couture and a luncheon by Relish Miami.

“In its first year of operation, Whispering Manes has positively impacted the lives of dozens of Miami-Dade children with muscular and cognitive disorders,” Picard said. “We are confident that with the enthusiastic participation of women from our community, we will be able to extend the programs to many more affected children and local veterans.”

The Whispering Manes Therapeutic Riding Center is located in the heart of Horse Country in Kendall. Its mission is to benefit children and adults with special needs or disabilities by offering them the opportunity to interact with dedicated horses in a manner that promotes physical, mental, and emotional wellbeing. Through programs at Whispering Manes people can develop therapeutic relationships with horses, crossing boundaries of speech and physical disabilities in a way that encourages healing and improved self-esteem.

Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door.

For more information about the First Annual Shoe Fairies Luncheon or to register or donate online, visit online at

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