Friday, December 11, 2015

HOAMC to Perform at Botanica

If you don't get to see us this weekend or if you didn't get enough of us, the Heart of America Men's Chorus is performing at Illuminations at Botanica.  We will be performing at Botanica on Tuesday, December 15th from 6:30 p.m. until 7:15 p.m.

"The Most Wonderful Time of the Year" Concert Benificiary: The Kansas Food Bank

HOAMC Members help sort and pack food supplies
One of the things that the Heart of America Men's Chorus takes to heart is giving back to the community.  Many of our concerts have a beneficiary that we promote and give a portion of our proceeds to.  This concert is no different.  This Christmas concert beneficiary is the Kansas Food Bank.

About the Kansas Food Bank...

Mission Statement

Our mission is to provide comprehensive and compassionate HungerCare whenever and wherever it is needed to safeguard the health, well-being and productivity of food-insecure Kansas families and their children, as well as senior citizens, the homeless and the chronically ill and impoverished among us.


The Kansas Food Bank has the mission of providing hunger-relief whenever and wherever it is needed throughout our 85-county service area. We are committed to safeguarding the health, well-being and productivity of food-insecure Kansas families and their children, as well as senior citizens, the homeless and the chronically ill, and all who live in poverty.

We partner with hunger relief agencies across the state:  food pantries, soup kitchens and shelters to reach individuals and families who seek food assistance.  In addition the Kansas Food Bank runs several programs geared towards reaching children, families and senior citizens who experience food insecurity.  Each week we provide a meal to over 137,000 Kansans who rely on our network.

The Kansas Food Bank began operations in a rented building in 1984, serving just 16 agencies in a single county. Twenty-nine years later we are serving over 500 hunger-relief partners in 85 counties, with over 11.5 million lbs. of food distributed in the past year. We attribute our on-going growth to several moves intended to increase the number of hungry people we help, the ways in which we help, and the amount of food we distribute.
  • In 1985, the Kansas Food Bank became affiliated with Feeding America (known then as America’s Second Harvest), a national nonprofit that coordinates collection and distribution of millions of tons of food from national corporations that would otherwise be discarded as unmarketable waste.
  • To meet the demand for more nutritious, high protein food to our clients such as meat and peanut butter, we began supplementing donated food with purchased food.  We source food from numerous entities to meet the needs of our partner agencies and their pantry guests.  As manufacturers have become lean in their business practices, we find the need to purchase more food to supply our partners with.
  • In response to a state task force which reported that the number of children at risk of hunger because of lack of food available to people in poverty in rural Kansas, the food bank started a rural delivery program.  Today that program reaches all 73,000 square miles that the food bank covers.  Deliveries are made monthly to Dodge City, Garden City, Liberal, Colby, Goodland, Hays, Victoria, Great Bend, Concordia, Salina, Emporia, Junction City, Prescott, Ft. Scott and Iola. Rural delivery distribution got a big boost in 1997 when the Kansas Food Bank opened an 18,500 sq. ft. warehouse in Independence, doubling the food distributed to Southeast Kansas.
  • In 2004, the Kansas Food Bank took another significant step in serving children by launching the Food 4 Kids backpack program. Food 4 Kids is designed to fill in the weekend gap in existing feeding programs designed to serve children at the highest risk of chronic undernourishment. Specifically, Food 4 Kids provides emergency weekend food — distributed in zip-bags that can be slipped into children’s school backpacks — to kids who exhibit physical and behavioral signs of not otherwise eating on the days they are away from school meal programs. What began with 60 students in a few schools has grown into a program that now serves 7,100 children in 400 schools in 58 counties.
  • To reach under-served area of our state the Kansas Food Bank went mobile in 2011.  Mobile pantries are deployed to reach under-served areas of our state that lack pantry infrastructure.  Mobile pantries are simply a pantry on wheels.  By operating mobile units, we can effectively and efficiently reach food insecure households in rural communities.
  • SNAP Outreach also started in 2011.  Our outreach worker focuses on rural areas within our service area where Department of Children and Family Services does not have offices.  We assist low income households with the application process so they may receive monthly food benefits.
  • A commitment to increase fresh produce distribution began in 2011.  As food banking has evolved, so has the need for us to provide healthy, nutritious items.  All too often, the first thing to get cut from budgets of cash strapped families is fresh produce.  We are now providing over 1.5 million pound of fresh items throughout our distribution network.  This allows families items that are better for them, lower in sugar, calories and sodium.
  • 2012 marked the year that seniors who are too proud to seek assistance were reached with our latest program Bob Box.  Bob Box is endorsed and sponsored by Senator Bob Dole, a name trusted by all Kansans.  All too often, seniors will choose to go without food before asking for help.  Bob Box has been instrumental in reaching those seniors.  The program launched in Northwest KS and will expand to the Southwest area of our state this fall.  It has a five year roll out plan for the entire 85 counties we serve.
In all, the Kansas Food Bank has the drive and passion to reach food insecure households whenever and wherever it is needed.  We have built a complex distribution system to ensure we serve our hungry friends and neighbors.

Hunger Statistics

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HIA-2014-logo-transparent-175Largest, Most Comprehensive Analysis of Charitable Food Assistance in America Reports more than 215,000 Served by Kansas Food Bank Annually
WICHITA – August 18, 2014 – A new study by the Kansas Food Bank and Feeding America shows that 1 in 7 people, or an estimated 215,300 people, in the Kansas Food Bank’s service area turn to food pantries and meal service programs to feed themselves and their families. This includes 68,900 children and 19,900 seniors.

The Hunger in America 2014 local findings show that 22,100 people are served each week by agencies supported through the Kansas Food Bank. Accounting for multiple agency visits, 1,468,900 clients turned to Kansas Food Bank network agencies over the course of the year. This means clients are visiting Kansas Food Bank network agencies an average of 7 times a year.

The study documents household demographics and offers a snapshot of the people served by the Kansas Food Bank – their circumstances, the challenges they face and the choices they are forced to make living on extremely limited household incomes. It is also the first nationally-representative study that assesses the prevalence of past and current members of the U.S. Military and adult students receiving charitable food assistance.

Key statistics from the report for the Kansas Food Bank service area include:

  • Kansas Food Bank serves 215,300 people annually, including 68,900 children and 19,900 seniors.
  • Among all clients, 14 percent are black, 37 percent are Latino, and 42 percent are white.
  • 11 percent of adult clients are students.
  • 14 percent of households include someone who is a veteran or who has ever served in the military.
  • 82 percent of households report purchasing inexpensive, unhealthy food because they could not afford healthier options.
  • 66 percent of households report having to choose between paying for food and paying for medicine or medical care.
  • 27 percent of households include a member with diabetes.
  • 48 percent households have a member with high blood pressure.
hia2014-choicesFollowing are the choices client households reported making in the past 12 months:
  • 71 percent report choosing between paying for food and paying for utilities.
    • 35 percent of these households are making the choice every month.
  • 73 percent report making choices between paying for food and paying for transportation.
    • 35 percent of these households are making the choice every month.
  • 66 percent report choosing between paying for food and paying for medicine/medical care.
    • 30 percent of these households are making the choice every month.
  • 60 percent report choosing between paying for food and paying for housing.
    • 28 percent of these households are making the choice every month.
  • 31 percent report choosing between paying for food and paying for education expenses.
    • 15 percent are making the choice every month.
hia2014-copingMore than half of households reported using three or more coping strategies for getting enough food in the past 12 months. The frequency of these strategies among all households include:
  • 52 percent report eating food past the expiration date;
  • 14 percent report growing food in a garden;
  • 37 percent report pawning or selling personal property;
  • 82 percent report purchasing inexpensive, unhealthy food;
  • 33 percent report watering down food or drinks;
  • 55 percent report receiving help from friends or family.
  • 12 percent of respondents have faced foreclosure or eviction in the past five years.
  • Among all households served by Kansas Food Bank agencies and programs, 60 percent have at least one member who has been employed in the past year.
  • 47 percent of all households with an employed person, the person with the longest employment duration, is likely to only be employed part-time.
Hunger in America 2014 was conducted using rigorous academic research standards and was peer reviewed by a technical advisory team including researchers from American University, University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana and the Urban Institute. Nationally, confidential responses were collected on electronic tablets by 6,000 trained volunteer data collectors.
The study was funded by The Howard G. Buffett Foundation.

How to Help

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Whether you are interested in providing money, food or time, the Kansas Food Bank can use your help!
Donate Money
Financial donations make the largest impact. Every $1 you donate can allow us to provide up to $10 worth of food to hungry Kansans. Click on the Donate Now icon for a variety of ways to make cash donations.

The Kansas Food Bank welcomes gifts of food through canned food drives. Click on the Donate Food icon if you are interested in sponsoring a good drive or want to learn where to drop off food at existing drives. And if you’d rather not haul cans around, please consider donating to one of our Virtual Food Drives.
The Kansas Food Bank depends on thousands of community volunteers to successfully distribute food to our 500+ hunger-relief partners around the state. Click on the Volunteer icon to learn how you and/or your organization can help by filling bags for the Food4Kids program and other ways.

Contact Us

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Kansas Food Bank – Cargill Cares Complex
1919 E. Douglas, Wichita, Kansas 67211
Tel: 316-265-3663
Fax: 316-265-9747

It's The Most Wonderful Time of the Year...

Thursday, December 10, 2015

A Sweet A'Fair

HOAMC was privileged to return as entertainment to "A Sweet A'Fair," a fundraiser for local people living with HIV/AIDS.  The event is held annually and was on Sept. 10th.

HOAMC a Community Partner for the Tallgrass Film Festival

In October, the HOAMC was a community sponsor for the Tallgrass Film Festival in Wichita.  The movie specifically sponsored was "Orion: The Man Who Would Be King."  Chorus member Curtis Zerr dressed in his Elvis costume from "Cowboys and Rockstars" and greeted film goers.

Thank You for Making HOAMC Bitchy Bingo Successful at Rain

HOAMC would like to thank those of you that have attended our Bitchy Bingos at Rain.  It takes a lot to keep an organization like ours functioning and we couldn't do it without your help.  Thanks to the individuals and businesses that donate prizes.  We look forward to seeing you again at Bitchy Bingo again in the new year.

HOAMC and Race for the Cure

A few years ago, HOAMC partnered up with the Susan Komen Foundation and performed "Sing for the Cure" under the direction of guest conductor Dr. Tim Selig.  HOAMC didn't stop its support of the foundation with that.  For several years, the chorus has been involved in one form or another with the "Race for the Cure."  This year, several members sang the National Anthem and Firework for the race on September 26th.  The chorus is honored to take part in this event.

HOAMC Performs at the Legacy of John Benefit Dinner for the Kansas Christian Home

The Heart of America Men's Chorus was invited to sing at the Legacy of John Benefit Dinner for "as well as the Summer 2015 show, "Red, White, and Cure." The patriotic songs from the summer concert were a particular success as members of the various military branches stood as the chorus sang their song.  It was an emotional experience for both the chorus and the dinner guests.

Following is a bit about the dinner held every year.

Legacy of John

Giving to Legacy of John is simple but it means the world to our residents. It shows you care about their quality of life and are willing to financially support their cause. You can support Legacy of John by attending the annual benefit dinner or by giving a gift each year.

Legacy of John purchased new specialized wheelchairs and other equipment. Recently, one woman needed a new lift chair, which is not covered by Medicaid. Without that new chair, she would be dependent on help from the nurses to sit up and down. She would have spent most of her time in bed or in a wheelchair, too proud to ask for help. Legacy of John did more than purchase the chair. It gave her hope, improved her mobility and preserved her dignity.

Quality of life involves much more than needed medical care. It involves every aspect of life, from making your own decisions to re-learning how to button your shirt or having safe, dependable transportation. Improving the lives of our residents is what Legacy of John is all about.

Deanne Zogleman Reflects on the Summer 2015 Show "Red, White, and Cure."

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Equality

The chorus cheers the SCOTUS decision on Marriage Equality. 

Just BE who you wanna be.  NEVER let them tell you who you ought to be.  Just BE with dignity. Celebrate yourself Triumphantly.

HOAMC Pride Summer of 2014

Rehearsal Clips from "Red, White, and Cure."

HOAMC Sings after Wichita Wingnuts Game at Lawrence Dumont Stadium

The Heart of America Men's Chorus was invited to sing after the Wichita Wingnuts game on June 26th.  The group sang selections from their upcoming concert "Red, White, and Cure."

The performances are at Newman University on June 27 at 7 pm and June 28 at 4:30 pm.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Happily Ever After...and Other Endings

Doug Jackson
Cancer has touched many of our lives, whether you have had cancer yourself or a loved one has had cancer.  Not every story turns out the same.  Some have a "happily ever after" and some have other endings.

In 2011, there were three people in my life diagnosed with cancer.  My best friend, Doug Jackson, and a co-worker of mine were both diagnosed with stage 4 prostate cancer.  Another friend of mine, Debbie Rollins, was diagnosed with cancer.

Doug was a vibrant man.  He owned his own business, Doug's Flowers and Gifts in Strong City.  He made flower arrangements for the White House, was one of FTD's top 10 florists in the world, designed and built Tournament of Roses parade floats, was one of a handful of florists for the Atlanta Olympics, and competed in global floral competitions.  He also was a volunteer for the chorus.  Doug saw his doctor regularly and thought his PSA levels were being checked...they were not.  When they discovered he had cancer, he was already in stage 4 and the cancer was spreading rapidly.  He fought the cancer for over a year finally succumbing to it on May 14, 2012.  He was 59 years old at the time of his death.  Medical costs consumed his retirement and savings.

My co-worker in the Wichita Public Schools was a teacher for over 30 years.  He spent his career teaching at-risk students and was popular with his students and co-workers.  He is also a local Wichita business owner.  His story turned out differently than Doug's.  He was able to beat the cancer and is cancer free today.

Debbie Rollins lost her battle with cancer a few months after Doug had passed away.  His death had hit her pretty hard.  She called Doug her cancer buddy.  They went with each other to their treatments.  Doug and Debbie had been good friends for many years.
Debbie Rollins

The work of organizations that provide support for cancer patients and their families and the research done to find cures and treatments for cancer are very important.  That is why the Heart of America Men's Chorus has partnered up with the American Cancer Society to bring awareness about the efforts of this organization in the fight against cancer.  With your help, we can help make more "happily ever afters" and lessen the pain of the other endings.

HOAMC will present "Red, White, and Cure" on June 27th and 28th at Newman University's Demattias Performance Hall.

HOAMC Beneficiary for Red, White, and Cure: American Cancer Society


Wichita Office

330 South Main Street Suite 100
Wichita, Kansas 67202
Phone: (316)-265-3400
Hours: 8:30 - 5:00 (C)
For over 100 years, the American Cancer Society (ACS) has worked relentlessly to save lives and create a world with less cancer. Together with millions of our supporters worldwide, we help people stay well and get well, find cures, and fight back against cancer.

Together with our millions of supporters, the American Cancer Society (ACS) saves lives by helping people stay well and get well, by finding cures, and by fighting back.
The American Cancer Society is a nationwide, community-based voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem. Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, the ACS has regional and local offices throughout the country that support 11 geographical Divisions and ensure we have a presence in every community.

American Cancer Society mission statement

The American Cancer Society is the nationwide, community-based, voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives, and diminishing suffering from cancer, through research, education, advocacy, and service.

International mission statement

The American Cancer Society's international mission concentrates on capacity building in developing cancer societies and on collaboration with other cancer-related organizations throughout the world in carrying out shared strategic directions.

Facts about ACS

About Your American Cancer Society

As the largest voluntary health organization in the United States, the American Cancer Society is committed to saving lives and finishing the fight against cancer. We combine our relentless passion with the wisdom of over a century of experience to make this vision a reality, and we get results. Thanks in part to our contributions, more than 1.5 million lives have been saved in the US in the past two decades.
How the American Cancer Society Is Organized

The American Cancer Society, Inc., is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation governed by a single Board of Directors that sets policy, develops and approves an enterprise-wide strategic plan and related resource allocation, and is responsible for the performance of the organization as a whole, with the advice and support of regionally based volunteer boards. 

The Society’s structure includes a central corporate office in Atlanta, Georgia, as well as regional and local offices supporting 11 geographic Divisions. The corporate office is responsible for overall strategic planning; corporate support services like human resources, financial management, IT, etc.; development and implementation of global and nationwide endeavors such as our groundbreaking research program, our global health program, and our 24-hour call center; and provides technical support and materials to regional and local offices for local delivery.

Our regional and local offices are organized to engage communities in the cancer fight, delivering patient programs and services and raising money at the local level. Offices are strategically placed around the country in an effort to maximize the impact of our efforts, and to be as efficient as possible with the money donated to the Society to help finish the fight against cancer.


The Society relies on the strength of approximately 2.5 million dedicated volunteers. Supported by professional staff, Society volunteers drive every part of our mission. They raise funds to support crucial research, provide cancer patients rides to and from treatments, and give one-on-one support to those facing a cancer diagnosis – and that’s just the beginning.

How the American Cancer Society Is Saving Lives

Together with our millions of supporters, the American Cancer Society saves lives by helping people stay well and get well, by finding cures, and by fighting back.

Stay well: We help people take steps to prevent cancer or find it at its earliest, most treatable stage.

  • We develop guidelines for recommended screening tests, so people know what tests they need to help prevent cancer or find it at its earliest, most treatable stage.
  • We develop nutrition and physical activity guidelines to help people eat healthy and get active.
  • On, individuals can create a personalized health action plan to use to talk with their doctor about what cancer screening tests and healthy lifestyle choices are right for them.
  • Through the Quit For Life® Program, brought to you by the American Cancer Society and Alere Wellbeing, we help people to quit smoking by providing them with the resources they need to make a quit attempt and stay tobacco-free.
Get well: We’re available around the clock to help people through every step of their cancer experience.

  • Whether people have questions about cancer, need practical solutions to daily problems like finding a ride to treatment, or want support from someone who has been there, they can reach us 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 1-800-227-2345.
  • Each year, we provide information, help, and support to the nearly one million individuals who contact us. Our website serves more than 32 million visitors each year, offering access to the latest information and news on cancer and helping people find programs and services in their area.
  • Through the American Cancer Society Clinical Trials Matching Service, we connect patients with more than 6,000 ongoing studies.  
  • Through our American Cancer Society Hope Lodge® network, we provide cancer patients and their families with free overnight lodging when they have to travel away from home for treatment. In 2013, we provided more than 265,000 nights of free lodging to nearly 43,000 patients and caregivers, saving them nearly $38 million in lodging expenses.
  • With 121 sites at hospitals and treatment centers across the country, the American Cancer Society Patient Navigator Program provides one-on-one guidance to people facing cancer. In 2013, the program served more than 77,000 people.
Find cures: We fund and conduct research that helps us better understand, prevent, and find cures for cancer.

  • As the largest private, not-for-profit funder of cancer research, having spent more than $4 billion on cancer research since 1946, we’ve played a role in nearly every cancer breakthrough in recent history. 
  • Our own research and that of our funded researchers helped:
    • Confirm the link between cigarette smoking and lung cancer.
    • Establish the link between obesity and multiple cancers.
    • Develop drugs to treat leukemia and advanced breast cancer.
    • Show that mammography is the most effective way to detect breast cancer. 
  • We fund beginning researchers with cutting-edge ideas early in their careers – 47 of whom have gone on to win the Nobel Prize, the highest accolade in scientific achievement.  
Fight back: We work with lawmakers to pass laws to defeat cancer and rally communities worldwide to join the fight.
  • Together with our nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy affiliate, the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN), we have helped:
    • Enact policies that prevent cancer, such as smoke-free laws and others that prevent and curb cigarette smoking.
    • Educate lawmakers on policies that provide access to quality and affordable health care, including cancer screening tests and treatments.
    • Encourage increased federal investment in cancer research.
  • As the world’s largest movement to end cancer, 4 million people across the globe participate in the more than 6,000 American Cancer Society Relay For Life® events held each year.
  • The American Cancer Society is the leader in the fight to end breast cancer. Our Making Strides Against Breast Cancer® events unite nearly 300 communities across the nation to help save lives from breast cancer – and together, to finish the fight against the disease.

Join the Movement for More Birthdays

Art Music Birthdays
For 100 years, the American Cancer Society has been working to create a world with less cancer and more birthdays. We believe every birthday you celebrate is a victory. Another year that cancer has not prevailed. Your birthday means everything to us. That’s why we’re fighting for every birthday threatened by every cancer in every community. This year nearly 14 million cancer survivors will celebrate another birthday, thanks in part to the progress we've already made. But we can't stop there. With your help, we can create a world with even more celebrations, more laughter, and more birthdays for all. Together we will achieve a day when cancer never steals another year from anyone’s life. Join us today!

The Heart of America Men's Chorus is Registered with ICTArtDOG (Art Day Of Giving) 2015


Support The Arts In Wichita

Art Day of Giving (ArtDOG) is a 24-hour charitable giving campaign designed to support area nonprofits related to the arts. Participating organizations have the opportunity to both increase their donor bases, as well as bring awareness to not only their nonprofit, but the arts in general.

What is ArtDOG?

Wichita ArtDOG is a 24-hour online fundraising event created to rally community support for local arts organizations. This unique one-day fundraiser is a project of the Wichita Community Foundation (WCF). The event will be on Friday, April 24, 2015, from 12:01 a.m. to 11:59 p.m
The Wichita Community Foundation brings this event to the area with several goals in mind, including:
  • To raise awareness of the current needs of arts organizations in the community
  • To encourage local arts nonprofits to learn how to use digital tools
  • To inspire donors to increase financial support of their favorite local arts organizations
ArtDOG 2014, held on Feb. 28, raised nearly $550,000 for 38 Wichita arts nonprofit organizations.

Heart of America Men's Chorus

This year, HOAMC is participating in ArtDOG 2015.  Heart of America Men's Chorus dedicates itself to warming hearts, building relationships, inspiring change, and transforming lives through the pursuit of excellence in the performance of men's choral literature. HOAMC was designed to provide a group of volunteer individuals the opportunity for cultural enrichment, musical education, and social interaction. With the community in mind, we also strive to collaborate with local charitable groups, raising funds and awareness through music.

To donate to the chorus or any participating arts organization, go to  Click on the Arts Organizations button at the top and click on the organization of your choice (Hopefully we are one of them).  Donations of any amount go toward singer scholarships, sheet music expense, accompanist and tech expenses, and general operations.  Thank you in advance for your support.

Donor participation

Any individual, family or business may donate to ArtDOG. Donations to nonprofit organizations are tax-deductible and irrevocable. Online contributions can be made via credit or debit card only. Those who wish to make a gift by cash or check may contact the organization to whom the gift would go directly.

About the Wichita Community Foundation

The WCF is the catalyst that creates lasting legacies by partnering with people, families and organizations to devote resources to causes that matter.
Founded in 1986 by community leaders dedicated to making Wichita a better place to live, grow, and give, the Foundation is a public nonprofit organization with nearly 300 charitable funds and agency endowments representing more than $69 million. WCF staff work as conveners, providing a point of contact between those in need and those who can assist.

Deck the Gardens Fundraiser May 9th

Bitchy Bingo Bitches in Bloom, Thursday April 16th at 7pm at Rain

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

About the Beneficiary of this Concert: Prairie Meadows Therapeutic Riding Center

Prairie Meadows was created to enhance the lives of children with special needs by bringing horses and children together for special therapy to maximize functional outcomes.We are passionate about being involved in the lives of youth and watching their goals become reality after sessions in therapy.


Hippotherapy is a physical, occupational, and speech-language therapy treatment strategy that utilizes equine movement as part of an integrated intervention program to achieve functional outcomes.


PMTRC is a non-profit Christian organization founded in 1989 in Coffeyville, KS by Jim Webb, a horse instructor, and daughters, Kristin Wertz and Kori Turney, both occupational therapists. PMTRC was created to enhance the lives of children with special needs by bringing horses and children together. The family owned and operated program continues today with the same passion now in two locations: Goddard, KS (west of Wichita) and Louisburg, KS (south of Kansas City).


Why The Horse?

Equine movement provides multidimensional movement, which is variable, rhythmic and repetitive. The horse provides a dynamic base of support, making it an excellent tool for increasing trunk strength and control balance, building overall postural strength and endurance, addressing weight bearing, and motor planning. Equine movement offers well-modulated sensory input to vestibular, perceptive, tactile and visual channels. During gait transitions of the horse, the rider must perform constant adjustments in the trunk to maintain a stable position. When a client is riding forward on the horse, the horse's walking gait imparts movement responds remarkably similar to normal human gait. The effects of equine movement on postural control, sensory systems, and motor planning can be used to facilitate coordination and timing, grading of responses, respiratory control, sensory integration skills and attention skills. Equine movement can be used to facilitate the neurophysiologic systems that support all of our functional daily living skills.

Volunteering is a great opportunity to make a difference in the life of a child! You can learn how to become a side-walker, lead the horse, help with fund raising, and more! If you would like additional information about our volunteer program contact us today!

If you know a child who would benefit
from hippotherapy, please let us know!

Financial Contributions

PMTRC would not be where we are today without the generous support of others. If you are interested in becoming involved in this way we would love to share more details with you. 
To Contact PMTRC:
PMTRC Goddard
Kori Turney, OTR
1055 North 199th Street West
Goddard, KS 67052

Cowboys and Rockstars: HOAMC's Upcoming Concert

Get out those cowboy boots and tune up the Harley.  HOAMC is born to be wild with all our friends in low places.  "Cowboys and RockStars" will be showing at Newman University's DeMattias Performance Hall at 3100 West McCormick just off of Kellogg and Edwards on Saturday, March 28 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, March 29 at 4:30 p.m.  Tickets are $15 with $5 tickets for students.  Tickets may be bought at the door, by stopping in at Creative Awards, or by calling (316) 708-4837.  The beneficiary of this concert is the Prairie Meadows Therapeutic Riding Center.

Michael Greene

Michael (Left) and his husband, Pat (Right)
This last Saturday, the chorus lost one of its most endearing members. Michael Greene, one of our basses, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday morning.  Michael was a longtime member of the chorus.  He was one of the members who would be there with a hug and a smile.  He was quick to tell you that he loved you and he meant it. He made the world a little brighter because he was in it. His husband, Pat, became our chorus Mom.  They brought in treats and contributed many things to the chorus.  Michael was known to pay membership dues of members that couldn't afford them.  Michael was one of the HOAMC members who traveled to Carnegie Hall to sing "Sing for the Cure" as part of a chorus made up of members of various choruses from all over the United States.  A while back, Michael was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease and had to retire from his nursing career.  He still faithfully and lovingly took care of his husband who also has ailments.  Michael will be missed by many since he had a way of finding a place in the hearts of those he knew.  Our thoughts and prayers are with Pat and the rest of Michael's family.