January 3, 2013 was a different kind of beginning to a new year for the charity at Storybook Ranch. What later was determined as an electrical fire destroyed one of their main event areas known as Wild Bill Hickok’s.

It’s been a long nearly three months for the staff of River Ranch Educational Charities, the charity that owns Storybook Ranch. The charity is currently working with the City of McKinney to restore their Kid’s Camp Room & Kid’s Party Patio that were luckily only partially affected but not destroyed in the fire.

The cost of actually rebuilding Wild Bill Hickok’s event venue and the two staff apartments that were located on the upstairs floor that were all completely destroyed is too much for the charity to afford since their insurance would not cover fire damage.

What Storybook is now focusing on is creating a beautiful space for a large play ground area for all kids to enjoy and next to it, creek side picnic areas for families, parties, fun and gatherings.

Storybook Ranch would not be as far along in their recovery from the fire without the invaluable help of the following four companies: American Veterans Restoration & Roofing’s tireless staff of veteran’s helping with the tear down, IESI for their dumpsters and transportation staff, RPM Development for their donated dirt and Weir Bros for the donated sand coming soon. These companies and the charity’s ranch staff and volunteers have made all the difference.

Fortunately, at the back of the property, the largest primary facility, the two story Opry House, all of the 1800’s Historic western town buildings, the Chapel where most wedding ceremonies are held and the additional covered event pavilion were untouched and are currently in use and available for corporate events, parties and weddings.

One thing River Ranch Educational Charities has continued to be very excited about is their partnership with the City of Dallas & Equest regarding their future location in the great Trinity Forest at Texas Horse Park just minutes from downtown Dallas. They hope to begin trail rides this summer.

For now, the best way to support Storybook Ranch charity’s recovery is by your patronage. Enjoy a trail ride, get hitched by the Chapel or have a Chuck Wagon Cook-Out for your company party or family reunion! For more information about the charity and ranch, visit www.storybookranch.org or contact the office at 972-369-0874. Be sure to make it to Storybook’s Flaming Hearts Fundraiser happening in May! It will include all kinds of fun with bands, food, Casino games, Gunfighter Wild West Shows, horseback riding, volleyball and many more adult and kid friendly activities to enjoy!

 

 

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