On Friday, July 12, Majestic Hills Ranch, a longtime community partner of the Minnesota School of Business-Lakeville (MSB) campus, hosted a free event in collaboration with HopeKids. MSB staff and faculty served as volunteers during the event, which allowed children with life-threatening medical conditions a chance to participate in fun activities such as horse and pony rides, cowboy and cowgirl hat decorating and creating rock artwork.
HopeKids’ mission reads, “HopeKids provides ongoing events and activities and a powerful, unique support community for children with cancer and other life-threatening medical conditions. We surround these remarkable children and their families with the message that hope can be a powerful medicine.”
Kira Gallagher, associate campus director and dean of faculty; Christy Hutchins, resident veterinarian; and Nicole Nieman, veterinary technology program chair, served as volunteers during the event. They helped the children and their families create artwork on rocks using paint and creating silly cowboy hat designs. The volunteers also assisted with serving lunch to the nearly 300 attendees, the largest participation the annual event has seen.
Gallagher, who also serves on the board of directors for Majestic Hills Ranch, said, “It was great being able to help HopeKids and Majestic Hills Ranch put on this event. Giving the children, who are dealing with such a variety of hardships, a chance to get out and have fun was extremely rewarding.”
In addition to working with children, Majestic Hills Ranch offers therapeutic riding for veterans through its Heroes on Horseback program. The organization is holding Thanking our Heroes, a special event honoring wounded veterans, on September 7. The event will recognize the wounded heroes and serve as an opportunity for the organization to raise funds for their Heroes on Horseback program. For more information about Majestic Hills Ranch, please visit their website.