The Rendezvous & Carnival Hits RECORD NUMBERS!

By: Kit Muellner; Owner & Founder of H.O.P.E. Ranch

Screen Shot 2016-01-11 at 7.24.29 PMFirst Things First: Thank You!

Thank you all for attending and/or supporting our 2016 H.O.P.E. Ranch Rendezvous and Carnival: A fun day of celebration at H.O.P.E. Ranch that raises money for client scholarships and programs and helps provide care for the animals. We are happy to report that this year’s numbers are higher than ever!

Money Raised

With this year’s proceeds we are able to fund more scholarships and programs than ever before. The money from the silent auction, baked goods sales, games and donations surpassed last year’s numbers. This helps clients, for instance without insurance, pay for services and allows us to partner with others, such as MN Teen Challenge Rochester, to provide programs to address specific needs.


We also give a huge shout out to our volunteers this year. Great volunteers are critical and we want to thank the individuals who stepped up. A special thanks to the Mayo High School swim team for coming out although it was their homecoming! We truly appreciate each and every one of you and hope to see you back next year. If you’d like to volunteer throughout the year we can always use help with animal chores. Contact Andrea at: or fill out the volunteer form on our website.

I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention our staff who volunteered countless hours.

Amanda Briggs & Andrea Benike. Thank you!

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We couldn’t do this-literally-without the financial and in-kind support from our sponsors. Be sure to support them back by frequenting their business.

Pine Island Bank
Minuteman Press
Rochester Women Magazine
Coulee Bank
Wintering Law Office
First American Insurance
Jaguar Communications
Red Barn Learning Center
Twisted Barrel Pizza

Next Year

Yes. There will be another Rendezvous. Mark your calendars (it’s typically the first Saturday in October.) If you have feedback, we’d love to hear from you. Send an email with the subject line: Rendezvous feedback to

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screen-shot-2016-10-21-at-3-51-53-pmKit Muellner is the Owner & Founder of H.O.P.E. Ranch. She is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker and is an EAGALA Certified Psychotherapist and Horse Specialist. Kit is well known as a stand out in her field, specializing in work with children, adults and families. Before starting H.O.P.E. Ranch in 1999, Kit worked with facilities such as Olmsted County, Omnia Family Services, Gerard Treatment Facilities, Mendota Mental Health Institute and Mayo Clinic.

Seeking Volunteers for H.O.P.E Ranch Rendezvous & Carnival

Screen Shot 2016-05-08 at 8.50.08 PMThe 2016 H.O.P.E. Ranch Rendezvous and Carnival will take place Saturday, October 1st from 10am – 3pm.

This is a fun filled day for kids and adults and we are looking for volunteers to help with the activities.

There are many ways to participate, either the day of, or prepping for the event.

We need people to run the carnival games, silent auction, crafts area, face painting & more.  Grab a buddy if you’d like. We take pairs of volunteers.

Click here to check out the possible jobs and/or to sign up!

This event has grown by leaps and bounds. We promise a fun time! The event is held at H.O.P.E Ranch and admission and parking are free. The best part-this is a fundraiser. All proceeds go for client scholarships and animal care.

To volunteer: click this link.
Or call us at 507-281-3033.