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French Broad Dinner Cruise Enjoyed By Free Rein Winners – Brevard NC


Free Rein's guests enjoy appetizers and drinks at Duckpond Pottery before a delightful meal (compliments of Jaime's Creole Brasserie) on the beautiful deck at Duckpond Pottery, which overlooks the French Broad River.

Free Rein auctioned off a canoe trip on the French Broad River and gourmet dinner on the deck at Duckpond Pottery again at their "Mane Event" gala. The lucky group of winners recently enjoyed this truly unique experience on a beautiful Friday afternoon.

Jaime and Dena Hernandez (Jaime's Creole Brasserie), Jessica Whitmire (Headwaters Outfitters), and Nick Friedman (Duckpond Pottery) provided the food, canoes, and beautiful setting. Seven guests enjoyed an hour-long river trip from Duckpond Pottery to Hap Simpson Park in Brevard. Two friends joined them on the deck at Duckpond Pottery afterwards for hors d'oeuvres, beverages and a gourmet meal served by members of Free Rein's board. Everyone, including the board members, reported having a great time.

This fall, Free Rein's "Mane Event Gala" will be held Saturday, Oct. 15, from 6-10 p.m. at the Connestee Falls Overlook Clubhouse. They anticipate offering another French Broad Dinner Cruise and a variety of other interesting live and silent auction items. Great food, entertainment, and fellowship for a good cause makes the event one of Brevard's most enjoyable fundraisers.

Tickets are $75/person and can be reserved by contacting the Free Rein office at freerein1325@gmail. com or (828) 883-3375.

Charlie, from Headwaters Outfitters, helps Peg Hall, Becky Young, Peggy Bogardus and Elly Andujar gear up and get underway.

Free Rein Center, a registered 501(c)(3) public charity, provides group classes and individualized equine-assisted activities and therapies at Camp Rockbrook's stables just 4 miles south of Brevard on Route 276.

Therapeutic riding provides people with physical, mental, and psychological challenges life-changing opportunities to use equine activities - adapted and individualized for them - for rehabilitative therapy, socialization, and personal skill enhancement. Many young people with autism have, quite literally, uttered their first words on the horses during their class sessions. Therapeutic riding has made enormous positive impacts in the lives of thousands of people around the world and, more importantly, many right here in our community.

Anyone wishing to help Free Rein accomplish its mission through volunteering or tax-deductible donations can contact Jennifer Rouse at (828) 883-3375 or Doug Poad, board member at (828) 883-5673.


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