Join us on September 14th, 6:30pm - 11:30pm, for Healing with Horses Ranch's Homecoming Dance: Throwback Style. We will be looking back on how far we have come since our humble beginnings in 2012 and ringing in the future with the people who make it happen... You!
Guests will enjoy a fajita bar catered by Lighthouse Cuisine and Kitchen, an open bar with selections from Pabst Blue Ribbon, Real Ale Brewing, Brown Distribution, Tito's Vodka, and Lewis Wines. We will have a professionally staged photo booth by Fifi Mar, music curated by Solid Gold Social, and an exciting live auction. Check out our instagram to see some of our auction items! This year's attire is Retro Semi-formal. Don a look from your past or a past life; we mean it! Retro prom/homecoming dresses, retro bridesmaid dresses, and leisure suits highly encouraged.
6:00 PM: Check in/Gallery Walk
6:30 PM: Fajita Bar by Lighthouse Cuisine Opens
7:05 PM: Opening Speaker, Airman First Class Aimee Moore & Student at HHR
7:15 PM: Keynote Speaker, Patricia A. Cody, PhD, MSW
7:40 PM: Closing Speaker, Crystal Rodriguez, Parent of Student at HHR
8:00 PM: Live Auction!
9:30 PM: Party Time! Barn Games, More Drinks, and Music curated by Solid Gold Social
Patricia A. Cody, Ph.D., MSW began teaching therapeutic riding at Equest Therapeutic Horsemanship in 1994, working with the Special Olympic, Paralympic and Exhibition teams. She completed her MSW at The National Catholic University in 2002. After her MSW, she worked as a foster care caseworker for children who had been languishing in foster care in the public child welfare system in Washington, D.C. Tricia completed her PhD in Social Work in 2007 at The University of Texas at Austin, Steve Hicks School of Social Work. Her doctoral dissertation was entitled “Therapeutic Horsemanship and Children Adopted from Foster Care: A Case Study Analysis Using Mixed Methods”. She completed a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Child Welfare and Adoption and has worked on numerous federal, state and local research and evaluation projects related to child welfare, foster care, special needs adoption, tribal child welfare and child refugee services. As a member of the AdoptUSKids Research and Evaluation Team, a project of the Department of Health and Human Services Children’s Bureau, she worked on a project that was Congressionally mandated in the Children’s Health Care Act of 2000 entitled “Barriers and Success Factors from Foster Care: Perspectives Of Families And Staff” and was the team lead on “Perspectives of Youth Adopted from Foster Care by Lesbian and Gay Parent(s)”. Tricia is an Adjunct Lecturer in the BSW and MSSW programs at UT and continues as a Research Associate on the AdoptUSKids Research and Evaluation Team. She has authored numerous articles and book chapters and has presented at national and international conferences on topics related to child welfare, adoption and animal assisted interventions. Tricia and her husband are currently working to develop a Research Institute on their ranch to focus on research and program development of animals assisted interventions for children and adults who have experienced trauma.