Student starts to shine at annual Starry Knights fundraiser

Lynne LoCascio

Lynne LoCascio

Camelot Therapeutic Horsemanship will host its annual fundraiser, Starry Knights, on Saturday, Nov. 7 and will once again shine the spotlight squarely on its extraordinary students.

The event will feature dinner, a silent auction and a live auction, as well as a keynote presentation featuring Camelot students. fundraiser is to take place at the Scottsdale Plaza Resort, 7200 N. Scottsdale Road.

Camelot Therapeutic Horsemanship is a nonprofit organization that teaches horsemanship to children and adults who have physical disabilities. Camelot has been offering all services at no cost to students for 31 years and is located in north Scottsdale, stated the release.

“The theme for this year’s Starry Knights is ‘A Sky Full of Stars’ and represents all of the beautiful, sparkling friendships that develop and thrive at Camelot,” Camelot’s Executive Director, Mary Hadsall, stated in a July 17 press release. “At this year’s event we are excited to feature two students’ stories, one child and one adult, who exemplify the generous, joyful and determined attitudes that make Camelot so special.”

Camelot will use funds raised through Starry Knights to continue to offer their horsemanship program to children and adults with disabilities free of charge, according to the release.

A single ticket is $125 and a table–10 tickets–is $1000. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit CamelotAZ.org

Derik Hanson

Derik Hanson

Derik Hanson

Among the students featured will be 10-year-old Cortina Elementary Student, Derik Hanson. Derik developed transverse myelitis when he was 6-months-old which left him with paralysis from the waist down. Derik is a self-described “daredevil” and, in addition to horseback riding, he enjoys archery, sled hockey, jet skiing and hand-cycling.

Lynne LoCascio

Ms. LoCascio, one of Camelot’s adult students, came to Camelot as a volunteer in 2003 and joined the student roster in 2011 to help alleviate symptoms of multiple sclerosis. Ms. LoCascio loves spending time with her husband, children and grandchildren as well as in the barn surrounded by friends and animals. In addition to her devoted assistance dog, Griffin, Ms. LoCascio has a miniature donkey, a miniature horse, a Rat Terrier named Pebbles and a cat, named Hercules, according to the release.

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