Saddle Up® for St. Jude event brings central Illinois horse enthusiasts together to raise funds for kids battling cancer

WHAT: This year marks the 19th year that trail riders and horse enthusiasts from central Illinois are uniting to raise funds for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital® through a Saddle Up® for St. Jude event. St. Jude is one of the world’s premier centers for the research and treatment of pediatric cancer and other catastrophic childhood diseases.
The 2016 fundraiser will be held at Jubilee State Park–Equestrian Area in Brimfield, Ill. There is no cost for admission. The event includes a trail ride, lunch, auction, raffles and giveaways. You don’t have to own or ride horses to be a part of this event; the public is welcome and encouraged to attend. This year’s raffle items include a zero radius turn lawn mower as well as a nice selection of items—from gift certificates donated by local businesses and restaurants to electronics as well as horse- and home-related items. The auction is held under a tent and will take place whether rain or shine.
Bring your friends and family, and the Saddle Up group will provide delicious pork burgers with delectable side dishes, beverages and treats.  Seating not provided, so be sure to bring chairs. More information and photos of some donated items available at: facebook.com/SaddleUpCentralIL
WHEN: Saturday, June 4, 2016
SCHEDULE:    Trail ride begins around 10 a.m.; those riding the trail are required to bring a current Coggins for their horse(s).  Lunch will be served starting at noon; cost: whatever you choose to donate.  Live auction begins around 1:00 p.m. and includes a wide variety of horse- and non-horse-related items. Raffles & giveaways all day long
WHERE: Jubilee State Park–Equestrian Area, Brimfield, Ill.
BACKGROUND INFORMATION:  St. Jude depends on community-based fundraising programs like Saddle Up for St. Jude to continue the hospital’s groundbreaking research and lifesaving care. The daily operating cost for St. Jude is nearly $1.4 million, which is primarily covered by public contributions.

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