Catfish Dinner,
Country Music, Auction
and Dance

Saturday, November 11, 2017
6 to 11 P.M.

North Country Community Center
18765 Hwy. 69, Lawson, Missouri 64062

From the South: From Kansas City, MO. I-35 North to Highway 69 (Excelsior Springs, Missouri exit), North on 69 to 4-1/2 miles north of Excelsior Springs. From the North: From Cameron, Mo. I-35 South to Highway 116, East to Highway 69, South to auction. Lawson is approximately 25 miles northeast of Kansas City, Mo. or South of Des Moines, Iowa, approximately 170 miles. Watch for signs. Get map.

Join us at to benefit BITS (Better in the Saddle) an Equestrian Therapeutic Riding Organization that helps children and adults with developmental disabilities strengthen muscles, increase physical abilities, promote independence, and develop life-long friendships with the volunteers and horses. Each rider has very special needs and each horse is specifically matched with each rider to try to meet those needs.

Hailey is 32 years old and has Cerebral Palsy and has been riding for 5 years. Being a BITS rider has strengthened her core, promoted independence with the help of a specially designed saddle, opened up opportunities for friendship with the volunteers and a special bond with her horse, Cloud.

Raymond is 6 years old and has just started riding this year. At the age of 2 months Raymond was diagnosed with Epilepsy. He has had the left temporal lobe of his brain removed which has caused some peripheral vision deficits, physical instabilities, and learning deficits. At first he was terrified of the horses but with the coaching from the volunteers he has grown into a real cowboy. He now not only rides the horses but likes to choose which one he wants to ride.

Macy is 21 years old with developmental disability due to a brain injury. Macy has ridden horses since she was 6 years old and rides independently with her lead walker and one side walker. Being a BITS rider has strengthened and helped stretch her muscles and helped with coordination which has helped her walk just as others do. Riding has also given Macy a sense of independence as she has recently purchased her own reins for her horse giving her the opportunity to set and achieve her own goals.

Tickets for Dinner, Music and Dance are $10.00, or $7.00 for children under 10. 

For more information or tickets to the Dance you can contact Cappi Darnell at 816-826-8115, Gary Ryther at 816-591-7464 or Jay Bettis at 816-457-9004.


Partial list of auction items includes: Char-broiled digital electric smoker; Kareem Hunt autographed KC Chiefs jersey; Tyreek Hill autographed KC Chiefs football; Len Dawson autographed KC Chiefs picture; Yordano Ventura autographed playing card and picture; KC Royals Rally picture at Union Station; KC Royals World Series picture with dirt from field; Sporting KC US Open Cup picture; western saddle; 12 hand made fleece blankets; horseshoe angel; horse picture; fall and Christmas wreaths; 8 flower bow arrangements.

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