Why Ranch "One Child" Gala Event July, 2014LAS VEGAS-(JULY 1, 2014) — The White Horse Youth Ranch in Las Vegas will hold its “One Child” fundraiser this year on Saturday, July 19, beginning at 6:30 pm. The WHY Ranch is Las Vegas’ only free horsemanship program aimed at socially challenged and abused youth and their families. The fundraiser supports its programs, especially its Diamonds in the Rough initiative, and also helps to maintain the WHY Ranch property. The event is being held at the Rothwell Gornt Companies Estate at 6990 South Pecos Road in Las Vegas. Gala attendees will enjoy designer cocktails, specially-prepared gourmet fare and outstanding entertainment headlined by Lisa Cash Hanson, who performs Shania Twain hits, and Teddy Johnson. The artist Andrea Cheany will be painting during the event. This original work, and other interesting and valuable items, will be available in exceptional live and silent auctions. Reservations are due by July 12, 2014, and can be made online at www.whyranch.org or by calling 702.644.9177.

This year’s event is especially significant to WHY Ranch because it has recently acquired its own facility. The new four-acre property will enable the organization to expand its programs to serve many more children and youth with its programs, which are offered at no charge to clients. The ranch is also now beginning to acquire its own redeemed horses through donations and adoptions. As it expands its programs, WHY Ranch is focused on its core mission to heal, educate and inspire socially challenged and abused young people through positive interaction with horses and the trainers and teams that surround them.

According to Amy Meyer, founder and president of WHY Ranch, bullying and teen depression, even including suicide, are on the increase in today’s social media environment. “Fourteen percent of Nevada teens report having considered suicide as a result of being bullied. We at WHY Ranch have seen kids regain self-esteem and purpose in their lives when we give them an opportunity to grow and thrive in an outdoor environment. It’s vital that we continue this work.” She notes that the gala will support that effort and provide an unforgettable evening to participants and donors.

The White Horse Youth Ranch is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) Las Vegas organization offering a free horsemanship program to young people who are dealing with a variety of abuse and social adjustment issues including bullying, divorce, death of a significant caregiver, military separation, illness and difficult home environments. Through the WHY Ranch programs, children and youth are able to heal through developing connected and non-judgmental relationships with horses and with trained staff in a values-based environment. For more information about WHY Ranch and the WHY Ranch Diamonds in the Rough program, visit www.whyranch.org.