Cape Gazette

SDTR holds first annual dinner dance fundraiser

Feb 26, 2014
Photo by: Deny Howeth Southern Delaware Theraputic and Recreational Horseback Riding board members include in back (l-r) Tom Peet, Johnathan Hefti and Keith McDonald. In front are Kelly Boyer, Georgia Truitt, Kathy Lopez, Mary Anne Hoopes and Jennifer Swingle.

More than 330 supporters of Southern Delaware Therapeutic Horseback Riding came out Valentine's Day for the first dinner dance at the CHEER center in Georgetown. Riders, family, friends as well as community supporters filled the tables and danced the night away to the Funsters. About $24,000 was raised.

The SDTR program has has been providing equine-assisted therapy to children and adults with special needs from Sussex and Kent Counties for over 25 years. Currently they own two horses and lease another. There are 20-25 riders each week that use the private Lewes facility. The board plans to build a new facility. This event was a first step toward achieving this goal.

To make a donation, or for more information, go to or call 302-644-1920.


Michael Summerlin, left, Sue Peet and Keith McDonald are dressed in red to celebrate the valentine dinner dance benefit. (Photo by: Deny Howeth)
Alex Layton dances with the crowd while the Funsters play during the dinner dance. (Photo by: Deny Howeth)
Georgia Truitt, SDTHR instructor, talks with Sahsa Hudson before he goes on stage to tell his story. "I am the LeBron James of the riding arena. They helped me to achieve my goal in life which was to find my balance while walking.  I now can walk, trot and WHOA." His dream is to be a radio broadcaster. (Photo by: Deny Howeth)
Lori Ruberti, Community Bank Lender, (l-r) Kate Leary Supporters inclide (l-r) Calibre Home Loans consultant Bonnie Benson, Bonnie Benson Law Offices; Laura Mestro, Calibrr Home Loans consultant; Delores Desmond, Coldwell Banker broker; and Melissa Graver, Staples account manager. (Photo by: Deny Howeth)
Ben and Beverly Singletary from NRG supported the event. (Photo by: Deny Howeth)
Posing for a photo are in back (l-r) Patrick Kintz, Peter Boyer, Gary Ingram. In front, Jenny Kintz, Dean and Helena Pepper, Lisa Ingram and Kelly Boyer. (Photo by: Deny Howeth)
Denise and C.J.  Shortridge, left, and Jerry and Karen McDonald supported the benefit. (Photo by: Deny Howeth)
Paul Romaine sells 50/50 raffles during the event. (Photo by: Deny Howeth)
Standing (l-r) Debbie Layton, Carol Hurley, Bob Brent and Kevin Layton attended the dinner dance with son and friend Alex Layton. Alex who suffers from cerebral palsy, has used the service for 15 years. Within one year of riding he was able to sit on the horse without support, which has increased his quality of life outside the ring. Alex rides Stormy and his favorite thing is the freedom that he feel while riding. (Photo by: Deny Howeth)
Lorrie and Ken Stroup get a hug from their daughter Anna, a rider at SDTHR. (Photo by: Deny Howeth)
Each table had a personal poem or story to relate the importance of the program. (Photo by: Deny Howeth)
Peter and Gloria Boyer enjoy the valentines event. (Photo by: Deny Howeth)
Fortier Photographer preps Jerry  and Karen McDonald for their close-up. (Photo by: Deny Howeth)
Howard and Daisey Wright from NRG support the SDTHR event (Photo by: Deny Howeth)
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