DADE CITY, Fla. (March 21, 2014) – Close to 100 riders brought their horses to Diamond B Ranch in Dade City to go on a two hour trail ride through the countryside and support Gulfside Hospice at the Ride for Hospice on March 15 – 16.
Participants also enjoyed wagon rides, pony rides, a cowboy shooting exhibition, cowboy church, hayrides to the Melton Agriculture Museum, face painting, pony painting and a bounce house.
This year marks the sixth time that the Pasco County Sheriff’s Mounted Posse hosted the Ride for Hospice to benefit Gulfside Hospice. This year, more than $20,000 was raised. A total of more than $100,000 has been raised since the event began. All proceeds go to support patient care and bereavement services to anyone in Pasco County.
Sue Touchston was recognized at the event for raising $4,843.43, the most amount of money raised this year by an individual. The high fundraiser from the previous years, Ashlyn Head, came in second place this year, raising $2,261.
“Gulfside Hospice is forever grateful for all the work the Pasco Sheriff’s Mounted Posse has put into this event, not just this year, but over the past six years,” said Linda Ward, president and CEO of Gulfside Hospice & Pasco Palliative Care. “This truly makes a difference in enabling Gulfside to take care of so many patients and provide services to anyone in Pasco County, regardless of their ability to pay.”
The Ride for Hospice was sponsored by:
• Official Media Sponsor: The Tampa Tribune
• Presenting Sponsor: Paulie Palooza
• Colt Sponsors: MedFleet, Inc., Norm & Sons Tire & Automotive Repair, Pasco Sheriff’s Charities, Inc, O2 Solutions
• Filly Sponsors: Blue Sky Equine Veterinarian, Bay Area Environmental Services, Farmers Feed Depot, Firehouse Subs, Greg Henry Restoration Specialist, The Hook Law Group, Service Alert Air Conditioning & Plumbing
The Pasco Sheriff’s Mounted Posse has been serving the citizens of Pasco County since 1995. All Posse members must pass and maintain several qualification standards to enable horse and rider to safely work in close contact with the public. The Pasco Sheriff’s Mounted Unit (comprised of sworn deputies) and the Pasco County Sheriff’s Mounted Posse (comprised of civilian volunteers) are part of the Citizen Support Services (CSS) section of the Pasco Sheriff’s Office. For more information, visit www.pascoposse.com.
Gulfside Hospice, initially licensed in 1989, serves more than 350 patients daily. Gulfside employs over 250 professionals and has more than 550 volunteers, and is the only hospice that serves Pasco County exclusively. For more information, call 800-561-4883 or visit www.ghppc.org.