MIDLOTHIAN — Providing healing through animal-assisted therapy, Paws for Reflection Ranch is hosting its fifth annual "Round Up" fundraiser on Oct. 7 to continue its therapeutic programs and services for over 1,500 Ellis County individuals and families.

“The funds we raise will predominantly go towards scholarships for everybody that includes youth at risk, veterans, and all of our programs,” affirmed Melody Seremet, co-founder and president of Paws for Reflection Ranch.

“Probably about 85 percent of what we’ve seen do not have the means to pay for services. So they usually pay what they can and then we try to make up the difference in scholarships,” she added.

From traditional counseling, to play therapy, team building, and eye movement desensitization and reprocessing, the ranch serves multiple areas within the community that incorporate special education students, Scout programs, senior citizens, and military veterans.

“We want to widen the circle of people who don’t know about the ranch’s services,” Seremet acknowledged. “We’re trying to make a difference, and if we can help save one child or veteran, then that’s a job well done.”

“Also, the youth at risk are getting young and younger with a higher suicide rate,” she noted. “When you think about a nine-year-old committing suicide, that’s just unheard of. So again, if we can make a difference there, then that’s a job well done.”

With a goal to reach $75,000, Seremet goes on to explain the festivities lineup for the ranch’s gathering.

“We’ll be having a barbeque dinner, a silent auction, raffles, and we’ll be doing tours of the ranch, the arena, and meet some of the animals,” Seremet listed.

“There’ll be dancing and live music with the band ‘The Revolving Door,’ and they play everything, so they’ll be doing a lot of covers of songs we all know,” she encompassed. “We’ll also have a ‘grub grab’ of different restaurant certificates, and sponsorships available with a certain number of tickets based on sponsorship level.”

Seremet goes on to explain that two new events will be added to this year’s fundraiser, which will embrace a “wine pull” drawing and a “Painted Pumpkin Gallery.”

“We’re going to have a ‘wine pull’ and then we’re going to do a pumpkin gallery where our clients’ painted pumpkins will be on display and for sale, and this kind of gives a face to the scholarships we’re fundraising for,” Seremet explained.

“Also, in our silent auction, we’re going to have caricatures. Before we always did paintings of our animals, so we decided to go away from that this year and do something different, so we’re having caricatures done of our animals, and that’ll be in the silent auction as well,” she added.

Though the ranch typically hosts families, Seremet clarifies that the Round-Up fundraiser will be for adults only.

“Because we have beer and wine, so it’s an adults-only event,” Seremet affirmed. “Most of our events we allow the kids, but this is the one of a few that we don’t.”

“So it’s date night for parents,” she chuckled.

As Oct. 7 approaches, Seremet invites those interested to attend and enjoy a lively evening of boot-stomping fun for a cause worth the investment.

“The money raised through this fundraiser continues our ability to help us help others,” Seremet identified. “We’re helping people in the community, and we serve everybody’s child and everybody’s spouse, any family, and it doesn’t have to be limited to one group.”

“It’s going to be a really fun evening and a great way to support the community. So we hope everyone can come – the more, the merrier,” she concluded.

The fifth annual Round-Up fundraiser will be held on Saturday, Oct. 7, at 6:30 p.m. at Paws for Reflection Ranch on 5431 Montgomery Road. Tickets are $45 and can be purchased at the ranch or at pawsforreflectionranch.org. For more information email pawsforreflection@att.net or call (972)-775-8966.


Chelsea Groomer, @ChelseaGroomer