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Bowling event to benefit HorsePower

Published: Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014 5:30 a.m. CST

HorsePower Therapeutic Riding Inc. hopes to score another strike with a bowling fundraiser.

The Maple Park-based nonprofit organization – which offers therapeutic horseback riding lessons to children and adults with disabilities – is returning to the bowling alley Jan. 18 to raise money for its scholarship fund. Last year, Director Carrie Capes said, the sold-out event raised more than $11,000.

“We were very surprised,” she said.

This year, HorsePower is expanding the fundraiser to offer two bowling sessions: noon to 2 p.m. and 3 to 5 p.m. at St. Charles Bowl, 2520 W. Main St., St. Charles. Doors open at 11 a.m., with bowling sign-in beginning at 11:30 a.m.

Tickets are $25 for adults and $10 for children 10 and younger. Admission for ­nonbowlers is $15.

There is no cost for children younger than 3.

Tickets are available at www.horsepower.ticketleap.com/bowling. Service fees will apply. HorsePower encourages attendees to buy tickets by Jan. 15, Capes said.

In addition to bowling, the event will feature cupcake sales, silent auctions, and a 50/50 raffle.

Raffle tickets are $5 each or $20 for five, Capes said, noting the sales total about $1,500 so far.

Through Monday, 50/50 tickets can be purchased at Fox Chase Farms, 46W276 Route 38, Maple Park; Paisano’s Pizza and Grill, 106 N. Main St., Elburn; Eddie Gaedel Pub and Grill, 117 N. Main St., Elburn; and National Bank and Trust Company, 930 N. Main St., Elburn, and 230 W. State St., Sycamore. Tickets can be bought by phone at 815-508-0804.

Winners don’t need to be present, as the drawing is set for Jan. 19, Capes said, adding it will involve sponsor Elburn Police Department Chapter of the Illinois Council of Police. She noted second- and third-place prizes are an iPad and a Kindle.

Proceeds from the bowling fundraiser will benefit HorsePower’s equipment fund and scholarship fund, Capes said.

Seven of HorsePower’s 35 riders receive scholarships, she said, noting funds are anticipated to run out by March. She said it would be “really heartbreaking” if HorsePower were unable to provide that financial aid.

Visit www.HorsePowerTR.com for information about HorsePower Therapeutic Riding.

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