Cowgirl Pub Crawl March 26 to Benefit Camp Casey

Cowgirl Pub Crawl March 26 to Benefit Camp Caseymodern tax

(Crystal A. Proxmire, 3/7/2011)

 

Ferndale is getting ready for another Pub Crawl!  This one is for Camp Casey, a Michigan-based horseback riding program for kids with cancer and their families.

 

This second annual Cowgirl Pub Crawl takes place on Saturday, March 26 from 5pm to 11pm at several Downtown Ferndale Bars. Participants pay $25 and receive a souvenir glass mug as well as exclusive drink specials at Woodward Avenue Brewers, The Emory, The Post Bar, Como’s and Sneakers Pub.  100 percent of the pub crawl profits go directly to Camp Casey.

 

Camp Casey, a 501c3 nonprofit organization founded in 2003, offers three unique programs to children with cancer and their families.  Cowboy Camp Outs are overnight mini-vacations at dude ranches in Michigan; Horsey House Calls bring a horse to the doorstep of kids too ill to attend an overnight retreat; Outlaw Outings provide family-oriented activities, like attending professional sports games, without the expense or hassle of planning.  All of Camp Casey’s programs are free for families facing a pediatric cancer diagnosis.

Katherine Green, President of the Board of Directors of Camp Casey, is a proud Ferndale resident, along with Executive Director Molly Reeser, Equine Director Amy Gill, and several other volunteers and Board Members.  “We wanted to keep it local and in a walkable downtown so our cowgirls & cowboys can strut around to each of the local establishments,” said Green. “Ferndale was our first choice right from the start.  We love the town’s vibe, eclectic downtown, and overall atmosphere of the city. The local bars are fantastic to work with and have a true passion for the city.”

 

Green said that each year Camp Casey serves around 200 children who are fighting cancer.  The Cowgirl Pub Crawl is one way they raise money to continue brightening the days of these youth.  “We enjoyed great success with over 50 people attending last year’s pub crawl.  We hope to double that number this year,” said Reeser.  “Despite the event’s moniker, both men and women over the age of 21 are encouraged to attend.  People can buy tickets via Camp Casey’s website (www.camp-casey.org).  Western apparel is requested but not required.”

 

Green and the other volunteers are passionate about the work they do at Camp Casey.  “I truly enjoy having the chance to bring some fun to these kids,” she said.  “Imagine being surprised by a horse showing up on your front door after you were just released from the hospital after undergoing chemo therapy. There’s nothing like it!

‘Our Cowboy Camp Outs are also amazing experiences for the families and volunteers alike.  At the weekend retreats, the families get to spend time with learning how to ride a horse, making s’mores around a campfire, and, hopefully, forgetting for a minute at least that these kids have cancer.  The families and kids bond with each other to make life long memories. It’s just amazing and as soon as I experienced for the first time, I’ve had to be a part of it ever since.”

 

Register online for the Cowgirl Pub Crawl, or find out more information, go to www.camp-casey.org.

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