A benefit dinner dance to raise money for livestock equipment and a new barn for the Hanna Boys Center Agriculture Department will be held from 6 to 10 p.m. July 13 at Hanna Boys Center, located at 17000 Arnold Drive in Sonoma.
The “dinner, dance and fun” is open to anyone who wants to support Hanna Boys Center’s ag program and the boys who raise livestock at the rural facility in the Valley of the Moon. Following the tri tip and chicken dinner, there will be silent and live auctions and dancing to the Country Western music of the Terry Sheets Band. Dress is Western casual. Tickets are $50 per person.
Hanna Boys Center is known as the “haven of hope” for troubled boys and their families. Hanna motivates “at risk” boys through faith, education and caring. At any given time, Hanna is home to 100 or more boys, who range from 13 to 18 years of age.
Sonoma County agricultural leaders Jim and Marcia Mickelson, Lex and Peggy McCorvey and others are supporting Hanna’s agriculture program and organizing the fund-raising event to encourage Hanna boys in their livestock raising endeavors. Each year about 25 Hanna students express interest in the agriculture program at the residential school. There are 14 students who raise lambs and market steers for the Sonoma County Fair and the fair’s junior livestock auctions.
Dave Redden, a young livestock rancher affectionately known as Cowboy Dave, oversees the agriculture program at Hanna Boys Center and works directly with the boys as they learn valuable ranching skills. Most of the students come from urban neighborhoods and have limited, if any, knowledge about the basics of animal husbandry. With Cowboy Dave’s guidance, the boys learn to care for and nurture sheep and cattle and how to feed and groom market lambs and steers for the fair. They learn ranch maintenance including pasture management, fence repair, composting and repair and maintenance of the livestock facilities. The program also fosters community service opportunities and expansion of employment prospects
“The agriculture program is a year-round enrichment program that connects classroom learning opportunities with practical, hands-on learning experience,” said Redden.
Tickets are $50 per person and available for the July 13 benefit dinner, dance and auction at Hanna Boys Center. Reservations and further information are available by contacting Kornie Brockwalder at firstname.lastname@example.org or calling Dave Redden at 337-0943; Marci Mickelson at 396-7365; Jim Mickelson at 481-3440 or Lex McCorvey at 544-5575.