The goal for “Sunset at Winslow” was to provide an enjoyable evening for the entire community while benefiting the wonderful work of Winslow Therapeutic Riding Center and The Warwick Valley Humane Society.

And it succeeded on all counts.

On Saturday evening, June 16, more than 400 guests gathered in Winslow’s Ruth B. Ottaway indoor arena, transformed into a huge colorful nightclub, where they enjoyed a cocktail hour followed by dinner catered by award-winning chefs from The Helm Restaurant in Greenwood Lake and dancing to the music of the popular CloudNYne Band.

Before entering the arena, guests also had the unique opportunity to visit the stable and pet the gentle horses at Winslow.

And during the evening guests were invited to bid on valuable donated items in a live and silent auction expertly selected and arranged by volunteer committee member Marge King Porter.

Committee member Chris Olert served as emcee and auctioneer.

To date “Sunset at Winslow,” one of the top annual social functions in the Town of Warwick, has grossed $95,000 with donations still coming in.

All proceeds from this year’s event will benefit Winslow’s Therapeutic Riding Center and the Warwick Valley Humane Society.

Winslow is a not-for-profit Hippotherapy and Therapeutic Riding Center accredited by the North American Riding for the Handicapped Association and devoted to the special needs population of Orange and surrounding counties.

The Center, located on 100 acres of scenic land just off Route 17A in Warwick, has been offering unique and often life-changing horseback riding experiences to children and adults in this community since 1974.

The Warwick Valley Humane Society, 8 Public Works Road, is a non-profit organization which provides a safe haven for abandoned and abused animals and to finding forever homes for these animals. The Society provides Animal Control Services for the Towns of Warwick and Chester.

Co-chairs, Cindy Vander Plaat, Susan Ferro and Betsy Mitchell, jointly stated that they would like to thank their incredibly hard working committee and also all of the sponsors and journal contributors.

“Without their support, ” said Vander Platt, “this event would not be possible. We would also like to thank this wonderful community for coming out to support Winslow Therapeutic Riding Center and the Warwick Valley Humane Society. We are truly grateful.”

Published in The Warwick Advertiser on June 21, 2018 by Roger Gavan