Excited about being invited to apply to be a participating organization with this year’s Swingshift and the Stars event, PEACE Ranch went on a “field trip” to a Swingshift show in November of 2012 to see what it was all about. Jacquelyn Kaschel, the Executive Director of PEACE Ranch says, “The Board felt this would be a good match for our organization to raise community awareness and for fundraising so we applied. We were very excited to be chosen this year.”
PEACE Ranch is a faith based equine assisted therapy center founded on the belief that there is great potential for healing in the parallel process of Rescue, Rehabilitation and Restoration between horses and humans. They use rescued and unwanted horses which have been rehabilitated through natural, relationship based training for use in therapy and educational programs. People are involved in all phases of this process thereby providing a multitude of restorative opportunities for horses and humans alike.
PEACE Ranch volunteer Juliette Schultz is the PEACE Ranch dancer and is also the Executive Director of the Women’s Resource Center. She was partnered up with Cliff Shanoski. They had their first competition in September.
So far during this four month series of dancing events, PEACE Ranch have raised over $10,000 for their charity and their dance team is in fourth place in the competition.
Kaschel says, “100% of the money raised will be used to provide services for the community and for the facility growth to make our programs possible.”
The Grand Finale of the event will be on December 20th at the Opera House. Juliette and Cliff will be doing the Salsa. Juliette said that the most fun part of what she’s doing is “connecting with other dancers and charities to have fun for a great cause. It’s been an adventure. We’re all on together which makes it fun.”
And has it been harder or different than she thought? Juliette responds “Most definitely. As an athlete I thought I was prepared to dance. I had no idea the physicality it takes to make a dance look effortless. I never thought I would say it – this is much more difficult than training and running a marathon!”
When asked about their last dance in the event for the Grand Finale, Juliette says, “We chose our last dance randomly (we were fifth of six to choose) and we picked the Salsa. Every couple has a different dance this month. The difficult thing is we also have to learn a group dance (jive) in four weeks. It’s really challenging for those of us who’ve never danced!”
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