Doing Good in the Neighborhood!
Pataskala, Oh- An organization founded by two dressage enthusiasts, PBJ Connections, Inc. is a 501(c)3 organization working with at-risk youths from central Ohio. They use the clinical approach of Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy which brings together a licensed therapist and a certified horse specialist to help clients develop emotional and behavioral management skills. “We have several horses that we use in sessions with our clients”, said co-founder and Executive Director Glenda Childress, “but we most enjoy working with our dressage horses. They are so playful and gentle with the Children.” Tickets are still available for PBJ Connection's Second Annual Helping Horses Help Kids, and an amazing silent auction which is also featured on line until Wednesday September 16. All readers of dressagedaily should check out the incredible offers which if purchased are tax deductible.
Helping Horses Help Kids will be held rain or shine from 2:00 – 6:00 p.m. on Saturday September 19th at 10066 Jug Street near Pataskala, Ohio. An afternoon of family fun is planned. The renowned Columbus Culinary Institute will provide a delicious meal. John K. Victor and Friends will entertain with bluegrass music while area horse and dog enthusiasts will showcase their animals and skills. A huge silent auction including, trips, entertainment, art work and horse-related items will run throughout the afternoon. A special "Kids Korral" coordinated by trained PBJ Connections' staff and volunteers will be available to entertain the young ones.
Last year over $12,000 was raised to provide mental health services to Ohio at-risk youth. This year, PBJ Connections hopes to raise $20,000 to expand programming to families without the financial means to pay for mental health services.
PBJ Connections was founded in 2006 by two dressage enthusiasts, professional rider and trainer Holly Jedlicka and her business partner and amateur rider, Glenda Childress. Combining their appreciation for horses with their desire to improve the conditions for at-risk youth, Jedlicka and Childress have helped develop PBJ Connections into a much sought out mental health service provider.
For those who can’t attend the live event, an on-line silent auction continues through Wednesday September 16th. For information about Helping Horses Help Kids or to learn more about PBJ Connections see www.pbjconnections.org or call Glenda at 740 924 2205 for more information.
We believe all youth can succeed in life and relationships. Our equine assisted therapy offers at-risk youth the opportunity to grow emotionally and behaviorally while learning about the connections between themselves and others.