Assemblyman Charles Lavine (D-Glen Cove) participates in a therapy session at SUNY Old Westbury with residents of the Bristal Assisted Living communities who have Alzheimer’s disease or dementia as part of the HorseAbility organization’s programs.
HorseAbility, a nonprofit therapeutic agency for people with special needs, will hold its annual gala dinner on Oct. 25 at 6:30 p.m. at Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury.
Four community members --Bryan Lazarus, Laura Sisti, Bill Griffin and Peg Leder MA-ATR-- will be honored as “Champions of Service.” Awards will also be presented to those that have made a difference in the success of HorseAbility and those that have helped overcome obstacles and reach milestones at HorseAbility. All nominees are nominated by members of the HorseAbility community.
This year's gala is titled “Honoring the Past…Building Our Future.” As a nonprofit organization celebrating 21 years of serving the community, HorseAbility is proud to be launching their capital campaign to raise funds to renovate and expand their current facility. The night will consist of awards, cocktails, dinner and dancing featuring a silent and live auction, raffle prizes and casino games.
HorseAbility was founded in 1993 by Kathleen (Katie) McGowan who witnessed a child with cerebral palsy benefit physically, and emotionally through the therapeutic use of her horse. HorseAbility is the only full year Premier Accredited Center on Long Island. Equine Facilitated Programs offered year round for participants with special needs; ranging in age from 2.5 years to senior citizens.
All proceeds from the gala will help HorseAbility to offer a wide range of Equine Facilitated Programs for children, adults, and families with special needs to promote the physical, psychological, emotional, social, and spiritual well-being of its participant.
Tickets can be purchased online at www.HorseAbility.org. Sponsorship and advertising opportunities are available. Donations for auction items are appreciated.