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Harford Family House celebrates 25th anniversary with equestrian-themed events

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Harford Family House, the largest provider of transitional housing for homeless families with children in Harford County, will host two equestrian-themed events this August as part of its 25th anniversary celebration: the Claddagh Manor Horse Show & Harford Family House Family Fun Day on Saturday, August 16, and the Horses for the Homeless Gala on Saturday, August 23. Numerous individuals and companies within the community have stepped up to support the mission of Harford Family House, which celebrates its 25th anniversary this year.

“These two events are coming up fast and I can feel the excitement ramping up!” said Harford Family House Executive Director Joyce Duffy. “We’ve already experienced such a generous outpouring from the community through the dedicated sponsors who have committed to support this event. We look forward to having the public join us at these wonderful events to help us celebrate our 25th anniversary.”

Claddagh Manor Horse Show & Harford Family House Family Fun Day
On Saturday, August 16, Harford Family House will partner with Claddagh Manor Farms to provide a day of fun activities for the entire family. All festivities will take place at the Harford Equestrian Center, 702 N. Tollgate Rd., Bel Air, Md. The horse show begins at 8 a.m. and ends when completed. Family activities take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and include pony rides, a petting zoo, clowns and face-painting, as well as stick horse races, a mechanical bull, Nerf™ Dart Tag battle field, food, vendors and crafts. There is no cost to attend, though some activities will have a fee. For entry forms and directions to the horse show, visit Baltimore County Horse Show Association. All proceeds support Harford Family House.

Horses for the Homeless Gala
On Saturday, August 23, from 7-11 p.m., Harford Family House will host its premiere 25th anniversary event, Horses for the Homeless Gala, presented by Jones Junction, at the Water’s Edge Event Center in Belcamp, Md. Celebrated in the style of Maryland’s Preakness Stakes, guests are invited to wear Preakness-inspired apparel, such as hats and sundresses for the ladies and suits with boldly colored ties and shirts for the gentlemen. The food, too, will echo the Preakness theme, boasting a menu that includes many seafood options, such as jumbo lump crab cakes. Guests can participate in a donation-funded mock horse race with the chance to win prizes and a live horse will also be onsite for photo opportunities with guests. Live music will be provided by The Panama Band, which performs music that spans generations, including everything from the greatest love ballads of yesteryear to the hottest dance songs of today. Tickets are $150 per person and group sponsorships are available. For tickets and more information, visit Harford Family House’s event page.

“We are so excited to be a part of both of these wonderful events especially since the Harford Family House does so many wonderful things to help the Harford County community," Tracy Hart, General Manager of the KHZTV Network explained.

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