Loxahatchee, FL- Get out your planners and your cell phones to schedule yourself for a night you don't want to miss in Wellington, FL. Friday, February 18, 2011 is Vinceremos Therapeutic Riding Center's Benefit Auction Dinner & Dance, which will be held at the International Polo Club Palm Beach in Wellington, FL.
The theme for this year's gala is "My First Pony," and it will again feature the hugely popular mechanical bull riding competition. "My First Pony" is this year's theme, and will showcase riders from all levels and disciplines and their first ponies. These riders will include Mason Phelps, Tuny Page, and Tami Hoag along with riders from the VTRC whose first ponies are mounts owned by VTRC.
After last year's success with the Mechanical Bull riding competition, VTRC has stepped it up a notch this year to add another layer of excitement to the Annual Dinner Dance. This year, there will be three "Buck Off" events held at the Players Club on Thursday nights before the Dinner Dance. These dates are Thursday, January 27, 2011, Thursday February 3, 2011 and Thursday February 10, 2011. Each of these "Buck Off" Events will serve as the qualifying rounds for the Final "Buck Off" Event, which will be held on the night of the Dinner Dance. The final teams qualified will compete against the winners from last year's competition, the "Bad Boy Vets" made up of Bill Patterson, Bryan Dubynsky, Johnny Jack, and Travis Laas.
This annual gala event that began in 1986 is the main fundraiser for the Center, and has raised more than three million dollars for therapeutic and recreational horseback riding for special needs children and adults of Palm Beach County. The money raised enables VTRC to provide services to over 350 clients per year through its four different programs: Therapeutic Riding, Hippotherapy, Horses for Heroes and Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy. Last year's event alone raised $400,000 for VTRC.
In addition to the Dinner Dance, this year's exciting Live Auction items will include international trips and a shipping package from Lazcar International.
During the dinner, VTRC will also show a video conveying their mission to turn disability into ability. There will also be a short awards ceremony for riders and volunteers alike. The Rider of the Year Award is given out, showcasing one rider's achievements throughout the 2010 calendar year. Special awards are also given to hardworking volunteers for their outstanding service and dedication throughout the year.
Tables will go quickly for the 2011 Benefit Auction Dinner & Dance; to purchase tickets please call 561-792-9900 or visit www.vinceremos.com/benefit.html.
Vinceremos Dinner Dance Fast Facts:
Who: Vinceremos Therapeutic Riding Center (VTRC) is a nonprofit organization based in Loxahatchee, FL, that provides recreational and therapeutic riding instruction to people of all ages with varying developmental, physical, and psychological disabilities. The organization, founded in 1982, assists more than 350 adults and children every year, helping them gain a sense of accomplishment, greater independence, and a higher quality of life. The VTRC has received a "Premier Accreditation" rating from the North American Riding for the Handicapped Association (NARHA).
What: VTRC is hosting "My First Pony" Themed Dinner and Dance Complete with Mechanical Bull Riding Competition Finals and Live Auction
When: Friday, Februrary 18, 2011 at 6:30 pm
Where: International Polo Club
For more information on the Vinceremos Therapeutic Riding Center and the Annual Dinner Dance/Auction Benefit for Vinceremos please visit www.vinceremos.com