Businesses show support for unique therapy program
WENATCHEE — Tech giants Microsoft and Yahoo, as well as a number of Quincy-based businesses, recently joined to show their support for a therapeutic horse facility in nearby Wenatchee.
Nancy Grette, co-founder and executive director of Alatheia Riding Center in Wenatchee, was encouraged by the support all the businesses showed for the organization’s Oct. 3 gala fundraiser.
“I couldn’t believe how eagerly they stepped up to offer support for Alatheia,” Grette said. “It has been such an encouragement for our riders, staff and volunteers. We are so grateful.”
Alatheia, which provides therapeutic riding to people with special needs in Grant, Douglas and Chelan counties, held its horse race-themed Benefit Gala event at the Wenatchee Convention Center. More than $148,000 was raised, with support coming locally from Microsoft and Yahoo as well as Quincy’s Hoffman Construction, Stetner Electric, Advantage Dirt and McKinstry.
“We were excited to see the involvement from Grant County businesses and the data centers as we have several riders from the Quincy, Ephrata and Moses Lake area who have been a part of our program for years,” Grette said.
The riding center offers equine-assisted therapy to people ages 2 to 85 years old who have a variety of conditions, including autism, cerebral palsy and stroke recovery. The center offers this unique therapy using six Norwegian Fjord horses on five acres west of Wenatchee.
The annual budget for 2016 is expected to reach $225,000 as the program continues to grow to meet the demand for services, Grette said. Alatheia is looking to expand to 80 riders a week, or more than 2,000 scheduled hours of therapy a riding season. It also plans to build a larger facility within five years, she said.
— By Holly Flick, Alatheia Riding Center