Loxahatchee, FL - February 9, 2009 - The Vinceremos Therapeutic Riding Center (VTRC) of Loxahatchee, FL, is holding its 23rd Annual Benefit Auction, Dinner and Dance on Friday, February 20, 2009 at 6:30 p.m. The event will be held at the International Polo Club in Wellington, FL, and will feature a silent auction with many special items donated by generous members of the community.
One very generous contributor to the Silent Auction this year is Mad Dog Motorsports of Lake Worth, FL. Mad Dog Motorsports kindly donated two Extreme Key West Scooters (50cc) to be auctioned off to the evening's highest bidder. These scooters are convenient for everyone, with no motorcycle endorsement required; all it takes is a driver's license to operate them.
This is Mad Dog Motorsport's first time donating to the VTRC program, and Finance Manager Bobby Naklicki is very proud of his company's involvement. "We are a small, community based dealership, and we like to get involved with the community around us, because that is who our customers are," Naklicki said. "The gentleman who owns our building is handicapped, and we know the obstacles that he comes up against."
"We take him riding with us, and he gets to feel normal," Naklicki continued. "He does not have to be limited by a wheelchair, and it is liberating. The Vinceremos Therapeutic Riding Center provides people with the same kind of opportunities, and being able to help people in that way is a great thing."
The "Strides of Hope" event will host its annual silent auction this year with renowned equestrians Mason Phelps, Jr. and Michael Barisone as celebrity auctioneers.
Other great silent auction items donated include: Mounty Cool & Press Boots, donated by Mikala Gundersen; a four day, three night stay at the Sherry Netherlands Hotel in New York City with $1,000 of "Mad Money" to spend, donated by Mr. and Mrs. David Page; a dream dinner at a private estate in the Palm Beach Polo Club, donated by Mr. Fredrick Boyer, Mr. Juan Gomez, Mr. & Mrs. David Page, Mrs. Karen Lloyd, and Mrs. Lee Syben; a Las Vegas World Cup jumping package or dressage package, including two plaza level tickets, two tickets to the Equestrian Aid Foundation party, four nights at the Marriott, and a $500 visa card, donated by the Vinceremos Therapeutic Riding Center; one horse, one way equine air transport from Miami to either Argentina or Amsterdam or from either Argentina or Amsterdam back to Miami by Lazcar International Equine Air Transport, donated by Mr. Tony Alessandrini; and a chance to be Sheriff for a day, donated by the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office.
The "Strides of Hope" event will bring together clients, volunteers, donors, professional riders and community members in the hope of continuing the VTRC purpose: turning disability into ability. Since its inception in 1986, this event has raised more than two million dollars for therapeutic and recreational horseback riding for special needs children and adults of Palm Beach County.
This event is the main source of funding for the VTRC program and enables the Center to provide services to over 350 clients per year through its four different programs: Therapeutic Riding, Hippotherapy, Horses for Heroes and Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy.
The VTRC has been successful at raising money for many projects involving the center, including the latest, "Cover the Kids" Arena. The construction of a covered arena will allow the center to provide year round service to clients who are sensitive to the heat and keep the program operational in the event of inclement weather. With the help of money raised from the gala, the VTRC is ready to build their indoor arena, and are going through the process of getting the permits and work orders that it takes to break ground on such a great project.
The 2009 "Strides of Hope" Annual Benefit Auction, Dinner and Dance is an event that takes the hard work and dedication of a lot of people to come together. The VTRC would like to thank the host committee, chairpersons, auction committee, and board of directors for all of their contributions. The host committee includes Mr. and Mrs. Mark Bellissimo, Mr. and Mrs. Fredrick Boyer, Ms. Carol Cohen, Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Miller, Mrs. Lee Sable Freund, Ms. Tamara Gerber, Ms. Terri Kane, Ms. Milo Mott, and Mr. and Mrs. Jeremy Polston. The chairpersons are Candace King and Arlene Tuny Page.
The auction committee consists of Iseult Broglio, Mikey Bundy, Jesse Coppola, Darlene Curti, Barbara Drury, Lynn Evans, Claire Falik, Marley Goodman, Susan Guinan, Patti Hadden, Caroline Johnston, Emily Marschok, Allyn Schiavone, Charlotte Smith, Lee Syben, Cetty Weiss, Brenda Wells, and Cathy Zagal.
The board of directors includes Emily Marschok, President; Patti Hadden, Vice President; Steve Carroll, Treasurer; Charlotte Smith, Secretary; Iseult Broglio, Teri Brant, Jesse Coppola, Neil MacMillan, Mary Ellen McDonald, and Lee Syben.
For more information on the Vinceremos Therapeutic Equestrian Center, please visit http://www.vinceremos.com
Photo Credit: VTRC Executive Director Ruth Menor and auction chairwoman Tuny Page on scooters donated for auction by Mad Dog Motorsports. Photo © Barbara Bower. Photograph may be used only in relation to this PMG press release.
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