By Jill Fox
A long-standing supporter of Tomorrow’s Rainbow, Vice Mayor Bob Mayersohn, will be locked up for the second time at their ‘Jail ‘n Bale’ event.
After raising the most money out of all of last year’s inmates, Mayersohn bumped up his goal to $5,000 for the non-profit, which offers free grief support groups for children and their families through the use of horses.
“The children are the winners here,” said Mayersohn.
Tomorrow’s Rainbow’s mission is nurturing emotional wellness and resiliency for children, teens, and families experiencing grief, loss, or trauma.
Their annual Pony Jail ‘n Bale event draws nearly 500 people out to their farm for good ‘ole fashioned western activities ranging from dunk tanks to the popular “manure madness” game.
Because of COVID restrictions, this year’s event will be hitting the road.
“Now more than ever, the fundraiser is still really important to our mission to help children suffering from grief and trauma,” said Abby Mosher, President.
On Saturday, October 10 and Sunday, October 11, Tomorrow’s Rainbow will convert a horse trailer into a mobile jail cell, complete with two miniature horses and a pit crew for set-up at each of 14 locations.
They will make their way through Coconut Creek, Deerfield Beach, Parkland, Fort Lauderdale, and more while streaming the event on Facebook live, where prisoners can appeal to their social network to post towards their “bale.”
Mayersohn said there’s an opportunity for people to drive by, honk their horns, donate, and give encouragement while supporting the cause.
He and the other VIP’s (Very Important Prisoners) will be popping up around Broward County with the Tomorrow’s Rainbow miniature horses in a western-themed caravan.
“We’re certainly changing it up,” said Mosher, “We know what we have the potential to raise.”
In the past, Mosher raised a lot of their money at the onsite event, and since they don’t have that opportunity this year, they are relying heavily on people contributing to the VIP’s bail.
The caravan will follow CDC guidelines, but there will still be fun and games for those who come out (10 people at a time) to the #PonyJailTrail to show their support.
Mosher said School Board Member Lori Alhadeff is participating virtually and has already raised a significant amount of money.
Mayersohn can be found at the Equestrian Center, located at 8350 Ranch Road, at 10 a.m. on Sunday, October 11. Donate to his “bale” here.
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- Jill Fox is an Emmy Award-winning writer and producer. She has worked in public relations and television for over 20 years. Fox lives in Parkland with her husband and their two children.