Petit Family Foundation to be honored at ceremony; Pratt & Whitney top sponsor

NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (October 8, 2010) – Manes & Motions Therapeutic Riding Center is hosting its 11th annual “Manes & Motions Celebrity Waiter Dinner & Auction” on Friday, October 22 at the Crowne Plaza in Cromwell. Honored at this year’s event will be the Petit Family Foundation, a major supporter of Manes & Motions’ mission of “rebuilding lives” through therapeutic horseback riding.

All proceeds from the evening will support the day-to-day operations of Manes & Motions, a member of the Hospital for Special Care Community, which is the only therapeutic riding program in the U.S. affiliated with a hospital. The not-for-profit HSC affiliate is located at Daniels Farm in Middletown, Connecticut, and handles more than 200 riding sessions each year with adult and youth riders living with cognitive and physical disabilities, including Autism, Cerebral Palsy and Down Syndrome.

“Last year, this event raised $44,000 for Manes & Motions, allowing more children and adults with disabilities to participate in the riding program,” said Laura Napoletano, Celebrity Dinner co-chair. “Support from our sponsors has increased this year, reinforcing the benefits experienced by our riders. We look forward to another inspiring evening.”

More than 20 area business and civic leaders will serve as “celebrity” waiters at each table. New celebrity waiters this year include Bob Maxon, Meterologist at NBC 30; Art Schaller, President, New Britain-Berlin Rotary Club; and Mayor Sebastian Giuliano of Middletown. Additionally, the featured speaker for the evening is U.S. veteran Al Comeau, who has benefitted from Manes & Motions’ Post Traumatic Stress Disorder program (PTSD) for service personnel. 

The evening also includes silent and live auctions. Featured will be round-trip airline tickets to anywhere in the U.S., Disney World passes, theater and dinner packages, golf outings, a private sailing experience, sports tickets, and more.

Pratt & Whitney is this year’s top sponsor. Other event sponsors include Webster Bank, Hospital of Central Connecticut; James Massi, M.D.; Jorden Burt LLP; C.M. Smith Agency; Jackson Lewis; Accounts Management; The Vein Center at Grove Hill – Dr. Robert Napoletano; Mason, Inc.; Robinson & Cole; Rushford Center; Suburban Office Supply; The Avery Family; Advocates Law Firm; 4BizGroup; New England Home Care and Tri-Star Industries.

Tickets are $75 per person, and a portion of each ticket is tax deductible. Pre-registration is required for this event. For more information about the event, including reserving seating, contact Linda Rapp at 860.612.6312.

 

About Hospital for Special Care:

As the only long-term acute-care hospital in the nation serving adults and children, New Britain, Conn.-based Hospital for Special Care is nationally recognized for advanced care and rehabilitation in the highly specialized areas of pulmonary care, acquired-brain injury, medically-complex pediatrics, neuromuscular care and spinal cord injury.  Hospital for Special Care operates inpatient and outpatient facilities serving Southern New England on a not-for-profit basis.