Kick up your heels at Dinner & Dancin’ in The Dirt on Oct 21st.
Wings of Eagles Ranch (Concord)
📍4800 Faith Trails, Concord, NC 28025
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Nestled amidst the rolling hills and serene landscapes of Concord, Wings of Eagles Ranch inspires healing for adults and children with special needs, at-risk communities, and our local veterans. This non-profit Therapeutic Horseback Riding and Outdoor Adventure Center has been making a profound impact on the lives of those it serves.
In the spirit of community and support, Wings of Eagles Ranch annually hosts a spectacular event, Dinner & Dancin’ in The Dirt, which is open to the public and promises an unforgettable evening of fun, food, and fundraising.
🎟️ Tickets are $35 per adult; $15 per child; Children 3 and under are free. Sponsorship opportunities are also available. Learn more or purchase tickets online.
Established in 1998 by Bob and Christine Cronin, Wings of Eagles Ranch has been a steadfast source of hope for 25 years! This non-profit organization specializes in therapeutic horseback riding and offers a wide range of outdoor adventures. Located on a sprawling 88-acre property, the ranch is a testament to the transformative power of combining nature, animals, and love.
- At Wings of Eagles Ranch, they believe that limitations are merely stepping stones to limitless possibilities. Their vision is fueled by God’s grace, and their mission is to provide an accepting, loving, and fun environment where people can grow towards the best version of themselves.
This “Center for Hope” offers families with special needs children and adults, as well as the youth-at-risk community, a unique opportunity to “Soar on Wings like Eagles.” The ranch’s programs focus on strengthening participants physically, emotionally, and mentally, all while fostering self-esteem and self-confidence.
One of the standout features of Wings of Eagles Ranch is therapeutic horseback riding. This activity goes beyond the joy of riding horses; it has proven benefits such as strengthening and stretching muscles, improving balance and coordination, increasing confidence and self-esteem, creating a profound bond between horse and rider, and providing a sense of freedom that can be hard to find elsewhere.
The ranch has expanded its facilities to offer a wide array of outdoor adventures. These include low and high ropes courses, a 40-foot climbing wall, a thrilling 564-foot zipline, and fishing in a fully stocked pond, among other activities. These experiences are designed not only to build teamwork but also to boost self-confidence and provide lasting memories.
Wings of Eagles Ranch proudly serves both the special needs community and typically developing peers through their summer camps. These camps are a testament to their commitment to inclusivity, providing a space where everyone can grow, learn, and have fun together.
The ranch has a special place in its heart for veterans. The Wings of Warriors program meets monthly, providing a supportive community for veterans to connect and heal. Additionally, the annual All-American Appreciation Picnic is a heartfelt gesture of gratitude to honor those who have served.
Wings of Eagles Ranch is constantly evolving to better serve its community. In the near future, they plan to introduce weekend retreats with the construction of five retreat cabins. These cabins will offer families a serene escape to recharge, surrounded by the beauty of nature.
Connecting with Community
Dinner & Dancin’ in The Dirt is more than just a fundraiser; it’s a celebration of the incredible work done by Wings of Eagles Ranch. The event brings together individuals from all walks of life who share a common passion for helping those in need. It’s an opportunity to connect, learn, and give back to the community for attendees of all ages.
- The event begins with a dinner, followed by wonderful music and dancing. There will also be an art show and sale to help the Ranch fund the ‘vision’.
It is a fantastic opportunity to connect with like-minded individuals who share a passion for making a positive impact on the community. It’s a night of forging new friendships and strengthening existing ones. Remember, every ticket purchase and contribution directly supports Wings of Eagles Ranch and its mission. Your presence and support will help them continue their mission of spreading hope, love, and healing.
🎟️ Tickets are $35 per adult; $15 per child; Children 3 and under are free. Sponsorship opportunities are also available. Purchase tickets online.
Looking to Volunteer?
You can be a “difference maker” in the life of a child! WOE appreciates every bit of your generosity to serve at the Ranch, so they can serve others. Visit their website to see all your opportunities to help at The Ranch!
“Wings of Eagles ranch is a place where being able isn’t a matter of ability but of heart. Our family was introduced to the ranch when Chris Cronin agreed to back ride a ventilator while navigating tubing connecting the vent to my daughter, who was a quadriplegic, while assisting her in riding a horse. Brooke was the first vent patient the ranch ever had and since that day, the ranch has continued to overcome the seemingly impossible, to give an opportunity to those of all abilities a chance at normalcy and adventure. Following my daughter’s death, the ranch and the community of families that are a part of the ranch, have continued to provide a place for healing and hope for our family. Chris Cronin has a true servant’s heart, and what started as a mother’s passion to see her son overcome and succeed has been a blessing to so many in the special needs community and in Cabarrus County.”
~ Cristen Haire
Wings of Eagles Ranch is a remarkable place where limitations are transformed into limitless possibilities. Whether through therapeutic horseback riding, outdoor adventures, or community events like Dinner & Dancin’ in The Dirt, they are making a positive impact on countless lives. So, mark your calendars, reserve your seats, and join this wonderful celebration of hope on October 29th. Together, we can help these wings soar even higher.
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