Equestrians Gather To Support Local Riding Program in Wellington
Equestrians from around the globe are teaming up to help other young equestrians this year at the Vinceremos Benefit "Look to the Stars 2006" to be held at the International Polo Club in Wellington, Florida on Friday, February 24th. Tickets are still available for a great night for a great cause, but they are selling fast. Well known equestrians Dr. Cetty Weiss and Arlene "Tuny" Paige, have come alongside Vinceremos in this effort to raise funds for their handicapped riding program located in Loxahatchee. Expenses such as staff, therapists, horses' care and other expenses on the property need to be provided in order for a great program like this to continue its work ever year. Hundreds of children benefit from this program and through this therapy is making great progress. Cetty's involvement stems from her love for kids. "Being a mother of 4, it's hard to look at an opportunity to help these kids and not do everything within your power to help." Tuny and her husband were introduced to the program about 7 years ago and fell in love with the idea. They have been diligently working ever since to help ensure Vinceremos' future.
Many supporters have been hard at work planning an extravagant night of cocktails, live and silent auctions, awards to program participants, dinner, and of course, dancing! 400 guests will be supporting the cause including George Morris and his Olympic Gold Medal winning USET Team, Dressage riders, Jennifer Baumert, Jackie Brooks, Michelle Gibson, Chris Hickey, Ruth Hogan-Paulsen, Bent Jensen, Nancy Later, Karen Lipp, Bill McMullen, Oded Shimoni, Bill Warren, John Zopatti, Marco Bernal, Todd Flettrich, Ilse Schwartz, Linda Smith, Dorothy Morkis, Pam Goodrich, Kathy Connelly, Susie Dutta, Cesar Parra and Pierre St. Jacque.
Highlights of the live auction to be held following dinner include a Customized golf cart, 6 skybox tickets to the Olympic Ice Show, a night's stay at the Ritz Carlton, vacations in Paris, Vail and New York, a yacht donated in Naples for a cocktail cruise, a table for 6 at Stadium Jumping's "Dancing Under the Stars" evening, international horse air transportation one way, a catered dinner for 8, car transport, an impressive list of riding lessons with top professionals. All of the local retailers have generously donated items as well.
Another popular auction item is purchasing a Vinceremos horse's care for one year. In 2005 a group of Dressage riders got together to support a horse, and others can too, which greatly helps to defray expenses.This night of fun also showcases Wellington's top riders' desire to give back to a worthy cause. Tuny has noticed this heart during her calls to get others involved. "It's very edifying to talk to people in the sport, explain your cause and have them stop what they are doing and help. Riders respond with,” No problem, it would be a privilege. Some of the best professionals and athletes in the sport have a heart for it and just get it. You go into the horse community and nobody says no". By supporting this cause, equestrians have the opportunity to fund an organization that can not run with out donor funding. If no funds come in, the stable is forced to run like a normal stable, turning away children in need whose parents are financially unable to pay. it also gives equestrians this opportunity to think beyond competition and business, yet they are still in the horse world that they understand and feel comfortable in.
So please join us for a fun night dedicated to some very special children in need at the Vinceremos "Look to the Stars" evening of giving.
Vinceremos Therapeutic Riding Center
13300 Sixth Court North
Loxahatchee, FL 33470
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2005 Look to the Stars’ Benefit Auction and Dinner Dance