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Photos: Horses In Hats Help Young Humans Who Are Hurting

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Annie, the miniature horse is joined by children in hats at Team Velvet's May 6 fundraising event. Credits: Lillian Shupe
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Precious greets visitors at Team Velvet's May 6 fundraising event. Credits: Lillian Shupe
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Precious poses for photos with patrons at Team Velvet's May 6 fundraising event. Credits: Lillian Shupe
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Precious poses for photos with patrons at Team Velvet's May 6 fundraising event. Credits: Lillian Shupe
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Precious don's a fancy hat at Team Velvet's May 6 fundraising event. Credits: Lillian Shupe
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Therapy horse, Velvet meets the children at Team Velvet's May 6 fundraising event. Credits: Lillian Shupe
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Children in hats paraded at Team Velvet's May 6 fundraising event. Credits: Lillian Shupe
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Children in hats parade at Team Velvet's May 6 fundraising event. Credits: Lillian Shupe
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Annie is the smallest, most stylish therapy horse member of Team Velvet. Credits: Lillian Shupe
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Velvet the therapy horse towers over his teammate Annie. Credits: Lillian Shupe
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Children's artwork adorn's Annie's stall at Team Velvet, Inc. Credits: Lillian Shupe
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A young visitor gives Annie a hug at Precious at Team Velvet's May 6 fundraising event. Credits: Lillian Shupe
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Annie plays the piano at Team Velvet's May 6 fundraising event. Credits: Lillian Shupe
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Precious plays the piano at Team Velvet's May 6 fundraising event. Credits: Lillian Shupe
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Velvet plays the piano at Team Velvet's May 6 fundraising event. Credits: Lillian Shupe
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Velvet plays the piano at Team Velvet's May 6 fundraising event. Credits: Lillian Shupe
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Precious wears one of many hats at Team Velvet's May 6 fundraising event. Credits: Lillian Shupe
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Precious plays ball at Team Velvet's May 6 fundraising event. Credits: Lillian Shupe
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Velvet plays ball at Team Velvet's May 6 fundraising event. Credits: Lillian Shupe
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Velvet rolls a ball up a ramp into a bucket at Team Velvet's May 6 fundraising event. Credits: Lillian Shupe
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Annie rolls a ball up a ramp into a bucket at Team Velvet's May 6 fundraising event. Credits: Lillian Shupe
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Precious takes a bow at Team Velvet's May 6 fundraising event with board member Kathy Piparo. Credits: Lillian Shupe
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The equines of Team Velvet bow to the recipients of the volunteers service awards at Team Velvet's May 6 fundraising event. Credits: Lillian Shupe
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Velvet, Team Velvet's namesake comes out to honor the organization's volunteers at the May 6 fundraising event. Credits: Lillian Shupe
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From the left, Wilma Wilt, Lon Hosford and Pier Guidi accept their awards in recognition for their volunteer service to Team Velvet, Inc. Credits: Lillian Shupe
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Wilma Wilt is presented a volunteers service award at Team Velvet's May 6 fundraising event. Credits: Lillian Shupe
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Lon Hosford shows off his volunteers service award at Team Velvet's May 6 fundraising event. Credits: Lillian Shupe
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The stall of Velvet, the namesake of Team Velvet is decorated with cards from children. Credits: Lillian Shupe
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RARITAN TWP., N.J. — Horses and children donned hats, some fancy, some not, during a fundraiser for Team Velvet, Inc. a non-profit that uses horses to help children deal with traumatic experiences in their young lives.

Three local individuals were also honored at the May 6 event — Lon Hosford, Pier Guidi and Wilma Wilt.

Lon Hosford and Pier V. Guidi were presented the The High Tech Hero Community Service Award for volunteering their time to help with technological support such as creating the website and utilizing social media .

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The Creative Wonderwoman Community Service Award went to long-time Stockton resident, Wilma Wilt, who took a break from manning the silent auction and raffle barn to receive her award.

Susan Edwards, Ph.D., Psychologist/Director of Team Velvet Inc. hopes that someday the organization will one day be able to buy the farm it is currently a tenant on. Owning the farm would allow the legacy of Team Velvet to live on long after she is gone, Dr. Edwards said.

For more information, see www.teamvelvet.com or call Dr. Edwards at 609 924-4330.

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