Rodeo, family events will raise money to create community for challenged adults

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by 13News Now

WVEC.com

Posted on April 16, 2014 at 12:41 PM

Updated Wednesday, Apr 16 at 1:00 PM

VIRGINIA BEACH -- The fun will last for two days and during the weekend of April 26-27, you'll be helping create what organizers call "a  safe, progressive and self-sustaining community for adults with mild to moderate intellectual disabilities."

The City of Virginia Beach recent granted Vanguard Landing a several million dollar loan to 75 acres in the southern part of the city.

The upcoming Hearts and Hoofbeats event, at Cedar Hall Farms in Pungo, will feature something for everyone, no matter how old or young. Saturday’s “Bulls, Belle’s, Buckles and Boots” will have a live rodeo; Sunday’s “Rock the Farm Family Festival” has two shows by SkyBound Canine Entertainment and other activities for children.  The Skylight Gala Dinner will be held in an indoor riding arena from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Saturday evening, right after the rodeo. It will feature a silent and live auction, live entertainment and low-country cuisine.

VANGUARD LANDING, INC. began three years ago as the vision of Debra Dear, the mother of an intellectually challenged adult daughter.   There will be walking trails, gardens and orchards, a home for rescue companion animals, horses, shops and classrooms, and filled with innovative educational, vocational and recreational opportunities in a least restrictive yet secure environment for its residents.

You can learn more about the event on the event Web site.

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