The Contra Costa Council’s Social Responsibility Task Force honored our founder, Judy, this year with the Lifetime Achievement Award. For the past 2 years, the Contra Costa Council has celebrated outstanding contributions of time, leadership and financial support by businesses, individuals, volunteers and community service organizations in Contra Costa County. Their goal is to acknowledge and encourage philanthropy among others. Judy will be honored at a breakfast on November 8, 2012 along with Wells Fargo, Neiman Marcus of Walnut Creek, and In-Vision Communications. The award celebrates her work of founding and growing Xenophon, as well as acknowledging the impact the program has had on so many lives. We cannot think of anyone more deserving of this honor. Congratulations, Judy.
Xenophon’s grand gala, “An Enchanted Emerald Eve”, was indeed enchanting. Everything about the evening was beautiful, from the gorgeous Roundhill Country Club to the decorations, to the glamorous attendees. The highlight of the evening was surely the children who spoke and shared their story of the impact that Xenophon has had on their lives. All of them were there as part of the ceremony honoring our founder, Judy Lazarus, and dedicating our new arena to her. As our board president, Chris Legallet, shared, there was gold at the end of the rainbow. The evening was a huge success. Thank you to our sponsors, all of you who attended, and all who donated so generously. You made the night a truly remarkable evening.
Please join us for a grand Arena Opening Party.
Enjoy a fabulous BBQ dinner by Kinder’s, line dancing, wine, beer, raffle and more.
Bring your dancing boots and come for an evening of fun
Invite your friends
Friday, September 9. 2011, 6:00 pm,
Xenophon Center; 60 Don Gabriel Way; Orinda, CA 94563.
Tickers are $30.00 per person.
Please RSVP to Danielle Coburn, (925)351-8887, danielle@Xenophontrc.org
Tickets may be purchased on line below or mail check to Xenophon; PO Box 16, Orinda, CA 94563
To download invitation: Arena Opening flier
While we had to cancel our first session of lessons, we will hopefully look back and think it was totally worth it. We are keeping focused on the prize, which is our lovely new arena. Construction is progressing. The pad is graded, the foundations have been poured, and SC Barns will be on site on Monday to begin putting up the structure. It is all very exciting. We will have a lovely new office and sitting area, a new deck, a new tack room, and lovely new pipe stalls for the horses. We will be ready to go for the start of season in August.
A big thank you goes out to
Clark Construction and McGuire and Hester
who have done so much to help us realize this dream.
Xenophon was chosen again to be one of the charities to operate the concession stand at Golden Gate Fields’ Dollar Days. We provide 10 volunteers to sell $1.00 hotdogs, soda and beer. In exchange, we are given a donation by Golden Gate Fields. It was a gorgeous day at the race track, with many hungry and thirsty people. We were kept busy all day pouring beer and serving up hot dogs. We were not so busy that we couldn’t slip out to watch a race or two and even place a small bet. It was a fun day spent with great people. Thank you to all the volunteers who came out to work. Come and join us next time!
We enjoyed an evening of fabulous music, food and wine featuring “Women With Strings Attached. “ Thank you to all who helped with the food and a special thank you to Kappy Pfeiffer for donating the wonderful wine.
This will be an annual event as it was so much fun. Look for it again next year.
Xenophon’ s Student Horse Show a Fabulous Event
This past Saturday, October 2nd, Xenophon held its annual horse show. It was a beautiful day and thankfully not nearly as hot as the week prior. Our horses were washed, polished and braided and did a great job helping our students showcase all they had learned throughout the season. We saw a Jedi knight and 2 cowboys in our costume class, we saw demonstrations of tricky rein work through the “Beanie Baby Bucket” game, and we saw beautiful sitting and rising trots. All of our students did a wonderful job and made parents, staff and volunteers very proud. A big thank you goes to our staff and volunteers for their hard work in preparing and running the day.
A wonderful send-off was given to Judy and Janet by the volunteers on Sunday, August 15, 2010. It was held at the beautiful home of Lee and Mary Andersen and hosted by both Mary Andersen and Mary Wunderlich. A huge thank you goes to both those ladies for their planning and hard work. As many of you know we are sending Judy off into retirement. There would be no Xenophon without her. Judy, we wish you much relaxation and many hours of bridge! Janet is heading off to Samuel Merritt University to study Occupational Therapy. Good luck with your classes, Janet. You will still see Janet “around the barn”, as she will still be teaching occasionally. Both of you have been an inspiration through your dedication and hard work. Thank you!
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Xenophon Therapeutic Riding Center was once again the grateful beneficiary from the Martinez Horseman’s Association. While not formally the “Battle of the Barns” that usually takes place every July, this year the Martinez Horseman’s Association’s informal “Play Day” was still a huge success. As in year’s past the Association earned funds from their event and donated the proceeds to Xenophon. We were so thankful for their direct donation of $150.00, but in addition to this they solicited donations for Xenophon from the following businesses; $500.00 from Western Saddlery, $250.00 from Shell Oil, and $100.00 from the Professional Paint Center. Xenophon thanks the Martinez Horseman’s Association for their continued support and efforts. We would also like to thank the above businesses for their support this year as well.