By: Jill Fox
Parkland Commissioner Bob Mayersohn is being locked up and needs the community’s help to bail him out.
It’s all part of the 6th Annual Pony Jail ‘n Bale, a fundraising event benefiting Tomorrow’s Rainbow, an organization providing grieving children, teens, and their families an emotionally safe environment for hope and healing.
Mayersohn said he knew of Tomorrow’s Rainbow prior to the school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, but there wasn’t necessarily a large need for grief counseling locally, so he never really had an opportunity to see what they did. However, after the events of February 14, the organization became a lot more prominent.
“Through compassion and camaraderie, Tomorrow’s Rainbow has provided support to so many of our children that have been affected by the February 14th tragedy,” said Mayersohn.
The annual Western-themed festival held Sunday, October 13, from noon to 3 p.m. includes children’s activities, games, and live music, as well as an annual pie-eating contest, which Mayersohn took part in last year.
“It was a Publix apple pie, and I spent more time actually enjoying it than trying to win the contest.”
At the fundraising event, Mayersohn and Sparky, a four-legged grief counselor, will be “locked up” in a miniature horse stall awaiting donations to “bale” them out. Other local inmates include School Board Member Lori Alhadeff and Cindy Arenberg Seltzer, President and CEO of the Children’s Services Council of Broward County.
Abby Mosher created Tomorrow’s Rainbow in 2005, after watching her then seven-year-old son, Dustin, struggle with his father’s death in a car accident. She told the Sun-Sentinel that she purchased a two-acre property near Tradewinds Park, where her house occupies one corner, and a ranch with farm animals and a dozen miniature horses covers the rest.
With a self-proclaimed fundraising goal of $2,000, Mayersohn said it’s a great way to have a blast while supporting a very worthwhile cause.
“It’s an organization that really cares about our community and our kids.”
To help “bale” out Commissioner Mayersohn, visit Tomorrow’s Rainbow.
Tickets to the event are $5 each. Tomorrow’s Rainbow is located at 4341 NW 39th Ave in Coconut Creek.
- Jill Fox is an Emmy Award-winning writer and producer. She is currently a Senior Account Director at Lon Haber & Co., a leading full-service public relations firm. Fox worked at NBC Miami for eight years after graduating from the University of Miami. She lives in Parkland with her husband, Brian and two children.