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Small Miracles holds silent auction this week, Unmounted Rodeo on Saturday

Holly Nelms • Apr 24, 2017 at 6:00 PM

KINGSPORT — For more than 20 years, Small Miracles Therapeutic Equestrian Center has worked to improve the lives of those with special needs and disabilities throughout the community.

To raise money for its services, the organization is holding a silent benefit auction on Facebook, which will run through Friday at 5 p.m.

“We don’t turn down anyone for services, and (these funds) allow us to do that,” said Mary Smith, founder of Small Miracles. “It directly benefits the students and the horses.”

Smith said the auction has been held for many years, though this is the first year it has been done on Facebook.

The auction features a variety of items, including coupons and certificates for Bays Mountain Park, Hands on Museum, Wonder Works, restaurants, massages, a fly fishing trip, teeth whitening and automotive services. Altogether, Smith said the items are valued at $8,000.

To make a bid, search for “Small Miracles Therapeutic Equestrian Center Online Silent Benefit Auction” on Facebook. Then, bidders can click on the photo of the item they would like to bid on and post their bid in the comments section.

Those who prefer not to make their bids on Facebook can contact Smith by phone at (423) 384-0894 or by email at [email protected]

Auction items will be given to the highest bidder at the third-annual Unmounted Rodeo, which will be held Saturday from noon to 3 p.m. at Small Miracles. Opening ceremonies will start at noon and will be led by Circle C Cowboy Church.

The event is free and open to the community. Rodeo events will include dummy roping, stick horse barrel racing, bull riding, goat ribbon pulling and pole bending. Other activities will also be taking place, including live music, a YeeHaw yard sale, a tack sale, concessions and pie-throwing at 1 p.m.

Those who cannot pick up their items at the rodeo on Saturday can contact Smith to arrange another pickup time.

Since she felt called to start the program at the age of 16, Smith said she has never doubted its impact on lives.

“I see the difference that God makes in the lives of our students,” Smith said. “That’s why I believe in this ministry and donate my time to it.”

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