Press Release

5th Annual Manes & Motions Wine Tasting Set for April 28

NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (April 20, 2010) – The 5th Annual Manes & Motions Wine Tasting is set for Wednesday, April 28, 2010 at the Shuttle Meadow Country Club in Kensington, CT from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. This charity event is open to the public and benefits Middletown-based Manes & Motions Therapeutic Riding Center, a member of the Hospital for Special Care community.

“Wines from Here, There and Everywhere”will feature vintages from vineyards as close as Connecticut and as far away as Italy. Tasting tables will include varietals, port wines and a special tasting of Masi wines from the Veneto region of Italy. Veneto is among the foremost wine-producing regions in Italy, both for quality and quantity. The Masi Technical Group, led by Raffaele Boscaini, is best known as a producer of Amarones and Riciotos wines. Masi has become the leading Italian producer of Amarone wines.

“We look forward to another enjoyable evening of wonderful company, learning more about these delectable wines, and of course, having fun, all to benefit our Manes & Motions mission,” said event chairperson Laura Napoletano.

Individual guest donation for the evening is $40. To register in advance, please call 860.612.6312. Guests may also register at the door. Participation in the Italian Masi Wines tasting is an additional requested donation of $15 per person. Wine for the evening is procured by Nelson Graca of M&M Liquors in Kensington. “We are very proud to offer selections which also feature our own Connecticut-harvested wines such as Sharpe Hill and Hopkins Vineyards,” noted Graca.

Located at the preserved Daniels Farm in Middletown, Manes & Motions is a not-for-profit organization and a member of the North American Riding for the Handicapped Association. Manes & Motions provides children and adults living with cognitive and physical disabilities the opportunity to enjoy equine-assisted activities and horseback riding for therapeutic, recreational, sport and educational purposes.

Manes & Motions also provides therapeutic riding to U.S. veterans coping with post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). All proceeds from the Wine Tasting support the day-to-day operations of the program

Manes & Motions was founded by the late Jerri Massi, a horse lover who launched the program in 1999. It was Massi’s dream to bring therapeutic riding to adults and children living with disabilities. Massi’s legacy was preserved when, in 2008, Manes & Motions became a wholly-owned subsidiary of Hospital for Special Care. The hospital, with campuses in New Britain and Hartford, is the nation’s only hospital caring for adults and children across the spectrum of complex rehabilitation and chronic care, including brain and spinal cord injury, pulmonary disease, complex pediatrics, and neuromuscular disease (muscular dystrophy and ALS – Lou Gehrig’s disease). The riding program is considered to be the only one-of-its-kind affiliated with a hospital in the United States, and perhaps the world.

“The mission of Manes & Motions was a logical fit for Hospital for Special Care’s mission of rebuilding lives,” said David Crandall, President and CEO, Hospital for Special Care. “The proven physical and psychological benefits of therapeutic riding affect a wide range of patients, from those with brain injury and Autism to Cerebral Palsy to post traumatic stress disorder. We are pleased to be able to offer this service in Central Connecticut.”

Sponsors for the 5th Annual Wine Tasting include Dr. James Massi and his family; The Vein Center at Grove Hill; Dr. and Mrs. Robert Napoletano; M&M Liquors of Kensington; Mason, Inc.; Accounts Management; The Avery Family; Connecticut Equine Clinic; David Crandall; The Faselle Family; Ron Macadlo, CPA, PC; Paul E. Smith Insurance; and R.D. Clark & Sons. Sponsorships are still available for the event at a variety of levels. Please 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.

Please visit www.hfsc.org for more information.