It is with the heaviest of hearts that we say good bye to Judy but the family that she built at Xen will last forever. Her warm and giving personality enveloped everyone involved, and her passion was endless. Judy was a horsewoman who understood the healing power of horses and saw a need for an underserved community. She started with a borrowed horse, and two students and with her extraordinary leadership, grew Xenophon to over 60 participants a week. Her story of Xenophonstarted years before she broke ground in Orinda, digging post holes with a couple hearty friends, and continued as she embraced new friends with her vision of a joyful, fun, safe place for all of us…kids, volunteers, adults, and families…to reap the physical & mental benefits of sharing time with horses. We thank her for the foresight to set up Xen for success, to ensure its sustainability through the people involved, but her legacy is our caring culture where Joy and Family are always the words used to describe how someone feels about Xenophon. She touched so many lives, every one forever changed, forever better.
In Judy’s honor, the family has set up a memorial fund and if anyone is so inclined, you can make a donation to support Xenophon and continue Judy’s passion to provide life-changing experiences for our vulnerable community.
Support Xenophon through the Judy Lazarus Memorial Fund
You can also mail a check to Xenophon TRC at PO Box 16, Orinda, CA 94563
Xenophon was recently the fortunate recipient of a grant from the Lafayette Community Foundation (LCF). The Lafayette Community Foundation is comprised of a group of caring citizens dedicated to preserving and enriching the quality of life in Lafyette. Through gifts from their generous donors, the LCF provides financial support and resources to scores of non-profits and organizations serving the Lafayette Community. Xenophon is honored to be among the deserving recipients of the LCF grants, and to have been awarded $1,500.00. These funds will be used to support our “Bridle Paths to Success” program. This program works with adults with disabilities, many of whom come from Las Trampas, a residential program serving adult with disabilities in the Lafayette area. “Bridle Paths” is designed to teach life skills and ranch skills in a nurturing environment while building self-confidence and self-esteem through interactions with our therapy horses. We are grateful to be able to continue to fund this valuable program thanks to the support of the Lafayette Community Foundation.
All of the staff at Xenophon would like to shout out a big “Thank You” to all who helped make our gala such a successful evening. A special thank you goes our to our sponsors, listed below. We are also grateful to each and every one of you who attended, donated and/or participated in our auctions. Together we raised over $110,000.00, which is half of our operating budget for 2014. That is an incredible accomplishment. We can now confidently fund the 18% of our students on additional financial assistance; we can provide top-notch care for our equine partners; we can provide continuing educational opportunities for our instructors, ensuring their knowledge is the top in our field; we can keep our rates at their current level, offering affordable therapies; and we can actively pursue our ideas for pilot programs and research opportunities which we hope will help Xenophon better serve the needs of the disabled community in our area. Thank you for helping us achieve such a milestone. We are fortunate to have such a wonderful group of supporters, dedicated to enriching the lives of others.