It was a sell out event at the 5th Annual Alatheia Little Black Dress event with over 100 women dressed to the nines and ready to support Alatheia Therapeutic Riding Center.  This year’s theme was “Diamonds and Pearls” and was hosted at the newly remodeled Wenatchee Golf and Country Club on Friday evening, July 27th.

This spectacular fundraising event was a record breaking success, raising over $50,000 in sponsorships and annualized donations all of which supports programs serving riders with special needs!  Alatheia Executive Director, Nancy Grette says, “The response of this great community towards our work and mission has been absolutely overwhelming. Clearly the people of the Wenatchee Valley stand behind and join our mission to change lives with the healing power of horses.  We are grateful and so honored”.

To kick off the fun night, Grette announced Alatheia Riding Center has started the process of purchasing 12 acres in the Sunnyslope area to build a new facility.  With a larger facility Alatheia will be able to expand their programs and increase the number of riders from approximately 90 to 150 per week. Alatheia Riding Center is planning their Capital Campaign to raise funds to build the new facility.

Alatheia celebrated two extraordinary women during the event. Beth Dobbs was presented with the Alatheia Advocate Award for her generous support for the organization and their mission. Crystal Chevelle, a new Alatheia rider, was the next extraordinary woman to be recognized.  Shortly before her 18th birthday, Crystal was in a jet ski accident and was not expected to survive. The resulting traumatic brain injury has kept her in a wheelchair and unable to continue her passion of horseback riding for 15 years. Crystal now rides weekly at Alatheia Riding Center weekly and is making progress towards more independence in the saddle.  Crystal sang for the guests, and what began as applause quickly turned into a teary-eyed standing ovation.

“ Crystal is an inspiration to everyone she meets.  We are awed by her determination and perseverance,” says Nancy Grette

Since the non-profit started in 2011, Alatheia grown from 12 riders per week to approximately 90 and from 3 horses to the current 9.  More than 120 volunteers provide assistance to the riders in their weekly lessons.