You don’t have to wear a cape and tights to be a superhero at Ironstone Farm’s Spirit of Giving Gala.

The main annual fundraiser for Challenge Unlimited at Ironstone Farm, the Spirit of Giving Gala, carries a new theme each year. This year’s theme is “superheroes.” People are encouraged to come as their favorite superhero, or wear formal or black-tie attire, as Bruce Wayne and Lois Lane might.

Either way, people can become real-life heroes who change lives by supporting the farm’s nonprofit programs that provide therapy for children with special needs, veterans who have experienced trauma and others. The gala begins at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 9, at Andover Country Club, 60 Canterbury St., Andover. Tickets are available at, or by calling 978-475-4056.

The event will honor Lisa Hughes and Dan Roche, award-winning news and sports journalists for WBZ-TV Boston, for their spirit of giving to the community and the people served by Ironstone Farm.

Meteorologist Matt Noyes will be master of ceremonies, and the gala includes dinner, live music by Mark Menery and his trio, bucket-list live-auction items including a safari trip in South Africa, a high-end silent auction and games in a superhero theme. Raffles will offer a diamond necklace valued at nearly $4,000 and a Red Sox luxury-box package. People who cannot attend are welcome to buy $20 raffle tickets in advance.

One of the main efforts of the night is to raise money for Ironstone Farm’s Sponsor a Child Program that provides money for children whose families might otherwise not be able to continue their therapy or therapeutic riding, Ironstone leaders said. It also allows Ironstone to offer an early intervention program that provides therapy for its youngest clients, children 9 months to 3 years old who have difficulty with movement and speech.

"This year's theme — superheroes — is fitting for the amazing clients, volunteers and supporters who help Ironstone Farm change lives through its nonprofit programs," said Deedee O’Brien, executive director of Ironstone Farm.

Ironstone Farm is on Route 133 in Andover and has heated indoor and scenic outdoor riding facilities. More than 200 people per week volunteer to support the organization's work. Ironstone is preparing to finish construction of a retreat center for veterans who fly in from all over the country for weekend retreats as part of the Home Base veterans and family care program.

Learn more about the Andover nonprofit organization at



What: Fundraiser for Andover nonprofit Challenge Unlimited at Ironstone Farm

When: Saturday, Nov. 9, 6 p.m.

Where: Andover Country Club, 60 Canterbury St., Andover

Musical entertainment: Mark Menery and his trio

Honorees: Award winning journalists and community supporters Lisa Hughes and Dan Roche of WBZ-TV

More details: NECN’s Matt Noyes to be master of ceremonies, live music, raffles for diamond jewelry and Red Sox package, inspired dinner, free parking

Tickets: $150 per person, or included as part of a sponsorship. Call 978-475-4056 or visit

Event supports:Challenge Unlimited at Ironstone Farm, which uses horses to provide therapy for children with special needs, and life-changing programs for veterans who have experienced trauma, people diagnosed with cancer, elders with memory issues, adults with special needs, families at risk and others


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