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Open Your Heart gala raises $200K for Hunkapi Programs

Hunkapi Programs utilizes equine therapy techniques

Staff Reports | Digital Free Press

With the support of the local community, Hunkapi Programs is excited to announce it raised $200,000 at its 8th annual Open Your Heart Gala.

The signature event was held in late October and celebrated the Scottsdale-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with a farm-to-table dinner as well as a barn tour, equine therapy demo, mechanical bull, a best dress contest and auctions, according to a press release.

“This year’s magical gala showcased everything that it means to be a part of the Hunkapi family,” said Terra Schaad, founder of Hunkapi Programs, in a prepared statement. “We celebrated our horses, our clients and the incredible community of friends and allies who give all they can to keep the farm running.”

APS sponsored the event at the $15,000 level and Ted Geisler, president of APS, was the recipient of the Cowboy Values Leadership Award, the release states.

The event was emceed by Carey Pena and chaired by Diversified Partners Associate Broker, Michelle Cheverie; and LivGenerations Senior Living Outreach Director Nicole Carlson. The live auction was hosted by The auctioneer Letitia Frye and featured items from local Arizona businesses, including an experience at Castle Hot Springs, a puppy from Puppy Luv Animal Rescue, and a three-night stay at The Ranch at Southfork.

Funds raised from the event are allocated to a wide array of services offered by the nonprofit, including therapeutic riding, counseling, emotional regulation, team building, addiction recovery and more.

Clients who participate in Hunkapi’s programs include those diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder, attention deficit disorder, oppositional defiant disorder, emotional disorder, addiction disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder.

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