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One of our favorite organizations in the area is Pioneer Resources.  From their website - "Pioneer Resources began as an unincorporated association of parents and educators in the late 1940s, operating as Pioneer School and providing special education and therapy. In 1955, the agency became a tax-exempt, 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation called Western Michigan Center for Handicapped Children, Inc. As special education and mental health services grew and expanded in the public sector, the organization evolved into Pioneer Resources, Inc.  Today, the agency offers a diverse array of individualized supports for persons with disabilities as well as seniors."  That's the official word, but the reality is that Pioneer Resources brings a quality of life, independence and joy to those who would otherwise go without and the ripple effect through the community is a gift that money can't buy.


Jill Bonthuis is the CEO of Pioneer Resources and invited us out to see their beautiful new campus on Wesley in Muskegon and to talk about this years upcoming fundraising event to be held at the Bella Maria Event Center on May 4th.  Hats and Horses is our local dress up shindig with purpose to celebrate the Kentucky Derby as well as the incredible work that goes on in every level of the Pioneer Resources organization to assist those with cognitive or physical limitations.  They also offer transportation assistance, supported housing, recreational programs and camps, employment and training opportunities and assistance for the elderly.  It's a vast organization who's commitment to Muskegon has remained solid for decades.  

The Hats and Horses event itself is an evening of exciting fun and an incredibly fast paced atmosphere.  There are live and silent auctions to be a part of as well as plenty of other great opportunities to raise some money for the organization.  The food?  Does anything get better than having Teddy Spaghetti cater?  No, it really doesn't.  Mint julips will go down, best can go up on the horse racing as well as some fun associative games with a derby theme and let's not forget the dazzling array of dresses, bow ties and fancy hats we'll see everywhere celebrating spring minus the drive to Kentucky for a race.  You'll find a unique selection of one of a kind items to bid on or, try to out bid your friends on, so make sure you get there plenty early to stake your claim.

GET YOUR TICKETS!!  As Jill mentioned in the chat, this event is going to sell out and there are only a few tickets left.  Less than half.  Act quickly and get tickets for yourself or get in on a table with some friends so you can all enjoy the fun together for such an incredible purpose.  We are a community of good, and caring people and the way we show that the best is through our coming together to support the organizations that take care of the more vulnerable members of our population.  Pioneer Resources has led the way with that in Muskegon since most of our parents were kids, and for that, we have much to be thankful for and remarkably proud of. 

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