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June 13th, 2014


EQUI-KIDS Therapeutic Riding Program and Toby’s Dream Foundation co-hosted the 2nd Annual Belmont Bash at EQUI-KIDS’s facility in Virginia Beach on Saturday, June 7, 2014. With nearly 400 tickets sold, the event boasted a great live performance by the band Karnivale, fantastic food, casino tables, a race raffle and silent auction – all leading up to the live broadcast of the 146th running of The Belmont Stakes! The event raised more than $35,000 to support EQUI-KIDS and Toby’s Dream Foundation.

“For a second year event, The Belmont Bash exceeded our expectations.” commented EQUI-KIDS’ Executive Director Jill Haag. “Even though we didn’t have a Triple Crown winner, thanks to the support of our sponsors and guests we can continue to provide exceptional experiences on the backs of our horses and ponies for our disabled riders . . . making them the real winners.”

The success of The Belmont Bash wouldn’t be possible without the financial support of event sponsors, including Merrill Lynch Wealth Management, Ron McIntosh & Terri Leitner, Turner Strategic Technologies, Wolcott Rivers Gates, “Blackjack” Bob Gregory, Alexander’s of Ghent, Carlton Bennett Attorney at Law, Either Ore Jewelers Strawbridge, El Taco Loco, Imperatis, On Call Telecom, Southern Bank, Tidewater Physical Therapy and TowneBank Mortgage.

Joan Steele, Executive Director of Toby’s Dream Foundation says “Toby’s Dream Foundation is honored to partner with EQUI-KIDS for the 2nd Annual Belmont Bash, and we are grateful to the sponsors and participants who made this such a successful event.”

Founded in 1989, EQUI-KIDS Therapeutic Riding Program has grown to become one of the largest premier accredited equine riding programs in the country benefiting the special needs community. We provide equine-assisted activities to a diverse group of riders each week and our programs offer support to individuals with disabilities such as Down syndrome, autism, multiple sclerosis, traumatic brain injury, cerebral palsy, amputation, mental and physical disabilities, attention deficit disorder and more. EQUI-KIDS has made a life-changing difference in the lives of hundreds of children in Hampton Roads. For more information, visit

About Toby’s Dream Foundation
Toby’s Dream Foundation is a local, nonprofit organization whose mission is to make dreams come true for local children with life-threatening illnesses. Toby’s Dream Foundation ensures that children living with life-threatening illnesses in Greater Hampton Roads and the Eastern Shore of Virginia have the opportunity and resources to imagine and experience their most fantastic dream. To date, over two hundred and fifty children have been referred to Toby’s Dream Foundation by local entities including Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughter (CHKD) and Portsmouth Naval Hospital, Virginia. For the children we serve….Tomorrow begins with a dream.

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