Madison Supports Ohana Preservation Foundation and Equine Therapy

Several Madison team members recently had the pleasure of attending the Ohana Childhelp Benefit Luau. The event was hosted by Ohana Preservation Foundation and was held at the beautiful Ohana Equestrian Preserve, a state-of-the-art training facility in Aldie, Virginia. The mission of Ohana Preservation Foundation is to “preserve land, promote the therapeutic nature of horses, and to support community programs.”

Madison’s Rebecca McDermott, second from left, with guests

The festive evening included live music, fire dances, and hula dance instruction. Funds raised went to support the equine therapy program of Childhelp’s Alice C. Tyler Village, located in Culpeper, Virginia. Childhelp is a national organization headquartered in Arizona. This particular location in Virginia includes the Village Academy private school for abused children. It provides K – 8 educational services for up to 2 years as well as equine, art, music and occupational therapies.

Ohana chose Childhelp’s equine therapy program as the beneficiary of this event as this type of therapy has proven effective in helping troubled youth become more aware of how they learn, react and follow instructions.

Other benefits of equine therapy include building confidence, communication, trust, social skills and self-acceptance. Horses are an ideal animal for therapy because they can respond immediately and have the ability to mirror the child’s emotion. They are also naturally non-judgmental, and have no preconceived notions about the child.

“Ohana” translates to “family” in Hawaiian culture. The “ohana” concept carries with it a responsibility to take care of those in your community as they take care of you. Madison was pleased to support the efforts of Ohana Preservation Foundation.

Learn more about the Foundation here. And, for more information on the works of Childhelp’s Alice C. Tyler Village, click here.