a wonderful success!
Saturday September 23, 2017 was quite a night for reaching beyond boundaries!
The night held the first hint of autumn. The boots were polished, the jewels shined. The donkeys were dressed up and our barn was filled with beautiful horses. The tables were set with lovely flowers and the bidding was spirited on everything from cupcakes to trips to Italy!
However, the real zest of the evening came from nearly 320 friends, old and new, who filled the NCEFT arena to overflowing. Proceeds from the Gala represent nearly a third of our annual budget, making it our most important fundraiser of the year.
On the evening of this year’s Gala, together we raised $271,750.
These funds will sustain our unparalleled equine therapy programs, boost our Financial Aid Fund, strengthen our free military Veteran and First Responder programs, support our 15 therapy horses and 100-year-old barn property, and help us establish new services to aid our community.
Everyone present at the Gala learned about the evening’s true heroes,
Stephen Harker and Isla Richman. Stephen’s and Isla’s powerful stories of reaching beyond boundaries moved every person in the arena. You can watch Isla’s story in the video below.
Thank you to our generous corporate sponsors and underwriters!