The Vinceremos Therapeutic Riding Center will hold its 27th annual fundraising dinner and auction on Friday, Feb. 7 at the International Polo Club in Wellington.
Vinceremos has provided equine-assisted therapies for people with varying physical, cognitive and emotional disabilities for more than 30 years, operating under the motto that “ability overcomes disability.”
Founded by Executive Director Ruth Menor in 1982, Vinceremos has enabled many individuals to overcome limitations while challenging them to achieve new levels of capability, movement and communication.
The annual charity event is a vital part of the organization’s efforts to raise funds for overhead expenses, as well as for the expansion of services and facilities.
With an annual Vinceremos budget of $850,000, the dinner and auction event plays a critical role in helping the nonprofit organization meet its financial needs.
Last year’s dinner and auction was a tremendous success, with 525 attendees, bringing in charitable donations of $450,000. This year’s event is on track to be the most successful to date.
“Pioneering New Frontiers” will be the theme as the organization works toward covering operating expenses and raising money for Phase II of the “Covering Our Kids” campaign, which includes new stabling, as well as therapy rooms and classrooms.
Attendees will enjoy Wild West décor and can come decked out in western cowboy attire. The event includes live and silent auctions, with a separate silent auction lounge boasting over 200 items up for bid.
Vinceremos plans to continue the exciting and popular recent tradition of the annual buck off, a mechanical bull-riding contest, while also adding a Texas hold ’em poker tournament to the fundraising event. Both the buck off and the poker tournament include three preliminary rounds held on the three Thursdays leading up to the dinner and auction, and culminating with the final rounds on Feb. 7 during the dinner and auction at the International Polo Club.
Title sponsors of the buck off, Benefab Products and Floridian Community Bank, will be supporting the dinner and auction. Benefab (www.benefabproducts.com) offers beneficial ceramic products for horses and riders, while Floridian Community Bank, with a branch in Wellington, supports Vinceremos’ efforts to make a positive impact on its community of riders. Vinceremos also thanks sponsors Purina and the Palm Beach Equine Clinic, official veterinarians of Vinceremos horses.
The Vinceremos Therapeutic Riding Center is located in Loxahatchee Groves, directly behind Palms West Hospital. To learn more about the annual dinner and auction, or about Vinceremos services, visit www.vinceremos.org or call (561) 792-9900.