Angel Wings to sell pies March 14

The Angel Wings Network will be hosting a pie sale on March 14, at 773 Main St. in Weiser, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. to benefit the annual ‘Horsin’ Around with the Angel Riders’ community day this summer. The Angel Riders are an offshoot of a cancer support group. Above, from right, Toni Burnett, Twyla Cairns, and Linda Hemminger. Photo courtesy of the Angel Riders
Philip A. Janquart
If you love pie, you don’t want to miss the Angel Wings Network “Pi-Day.”
 Though a play off the mathematical constant, be assured this is truly all about pie –  that is, the kind you can eat.
 The nonprofit cancer support organization is selling pies for $20 each on March 14 at the Angel Wings office at 773 Main St. from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
 The event is in support of its equestrian outreach component, the Angel Riders, which is holding its annual “Horsin’ Around with the Angel Riders” day on Saturday, June 15 at Fred Hust Arena in Weiser from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
 “We ride in parades and represent Angel Wings Network, creating another avenue for people to know we are out there for them if they are battling cancer,” said Angel Riders Director Toni Burnett
 The public is invited to join the Angel Riders and their horses for a horseback ride around the arena, participate in stick horse races (for kids and adults), meet Patron the Donkey and the Weenie Dog herd, and hope to have “Chance” the rodeo Clown this year. 
 There will also be various farm animals on hand that people can pet and interact with, similar to a petting zoo.
 Those choosing to take a horse ride will need to sign a liability release form.
 “My daughter Zane Davis will bring some animals and Jennifer Green has brought in her little mini horses in the past,” said Angel Wings Network Executive Director Mabel Dobbs.
 Admission is free.
 Call (208) 414-9464 to register for the cornhole tournament by June 1. Cost is $20 per team, with winners receiving $100 in various gift cards. 
 Lunch, including burgers and hotdogs, is free for cancer patients, survivors, and their families, according to Burnett.
 “It’s always the Saturday before Fiddle Festival activities start,” said Burnett who is also chair of the Angel Wings Network board of directors. Anyone with experience knows the cost that accompanies owning, and working with, horses.
 “We are having people donate pies for the Pi-Day, so we can sell them to help cover our expenses,” noted Burnett who resides in the Upper Country area. “It’s to help with travel, our outfits, needed pack, such as helmets and to fund the Horsin’ Around day.”
 “These girls put in a lot of miles and use a lot of gas,” Dobbs added. “They do about five parades a year and promote Angel Wings.”
 Riders wear outfits and sport flags in the color of distinct types of cancers. For example, pink represents breast cancer while green represents liver cancer, and lavender, all cancers.
 In the beginning, Horsin’ Around with the Angel Riders was open to cancer patients, survivors, and their families, but is now a much-anticipated, community event open to everyone.
 “The first year we probably had about 40 people show up and we were happy with that because it was the first year,” said Burnett. “Last year, we had something like 270 people. That’s some pretty big growth.”
 The Angel Riders also participate in the Fiddle Parade and, this year, have been invited by the Idaho Horse Council to showcase what they do at the 38th annual Idaho Horse Expo to be held April 5-7 at the Ford Idaho Center in Nampa.
 “When they found out what these girls do with our outreach day at the rodeo grounds, they invited them to bring their horses and do the same thing,” Dobbs said. 
 “We plan on taking advantage of that to spread the word about Angel Wings,” noted Burnett, adding that the Horsin’ Around outreach day would not be possible without the help of the Weiser Valley Roundup board of directors.
 “The rodeo board has been a great sponsor to us,” she said. “They don’t charge us for the use of the arena, which we are very thankful for.”
 For more information, call Angel Wings Network at (208) 414-9464.


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