Equine dice run pairs up with Make-A-Wish

ST. MARYS - Organizers of the "Ride for a Dream" Equine Dice Run are hoping for a large turnout for their event taking place Saturday, Sept. 15 at the St. Marys Campowners located on Airport Road.An auction, cash drawing, spaghetti dinner, pony rides, balloon launch and DJ are among the scheduled activities for the day.Proceeds from the event will benefit Make-A-Wish of Greater Pennsylvania and Southern West Virginia. "They (Make-A-Wish) are very excited about it," said Stacey Dreier, event co-organizer. "I guess we've been the topic of their board meetings for the last two months, every Tuesday."According to Dreier, Make-A-Wish was unfamiliar with an equine dice run and after fully explaining the event, the foundation said they have never been a part of this type of event in their coverage area. Drier and co-organizer Lisa Haberberger have been in contact with Make-A-Wish representatives in Punxsutawney and Pittsburgh.This is the second equine dice run Dreier and Haberberger have organized. Their first took place in 2009 and benefited the American Cancer Society. It raised nearly $5,000. Both became involved after losing a loved one to cancer. Dreier noted the average wish costs $3,700 to grant. They requested the money be utilized to grant wishes to children residing in the Elk County area if possible. "I know a lot of kids who have received gifts from Make-A-Wish and Stacey knows a few, too," added Haberberger.Riders' registration fees include a spaghetti dinner meal ticket and door prize ticket. Those who pre-registered also received a complimentary T-shirt. Registration will be accepted until the start of the event from 9-10:30 a.m. Currently there are 27 pre-registered riders, more than in 2009.