WHITE WHITE WEST Heals Through Fundraising Gala
HORSES HEALING HEARTS Builds Self Esteem and Empowers Children of Parents Struggling with Addiction
WEST PALM BEACH, FL. – Liz Olszewski has a special affinity for children impacted by drug addiction. As the daughter of alcoholic parents herself, Liz understands the often invisible struggle children face each day in a bid to achieve a small measure of the “normalcy” others take for granted.
That’s why, in 2009, she founded Horses Healing Hearts, Inc., a 501(c)3 charity that uses horses and their care to help the children of parents struggling with addiction, build self-esteem and confidence. It has become a labor of love for the 1992 graduate of the University of Dayton who now serves as the organization’s Executive Director.
On Feb. 9, with the help of honorary chairpersons Dave Aronberg, Peter Wylde and Roxanna Cella, Horses Healing Hearts will host the charity’s seventh annual White, White West fundraiser at the Wellington National Golf Club where guests can enjoy an evening of entertainment and dance, to benefit a one-of-a-kind program for children in challening situations. Dress is white western chic.
“The children are often the first to be affected by their parent’s disease and the last to be helped,” Olszewski said.
Horses Healing Hearts hopes to raise more than $100,000 this year through ticket sales, corporate sponsorships and proceeds from live and silent auctions. Each $125 ticket, available on line at www.hhhannualbenefit.com, includes valet parking. A limited number of sponsorship opportunities also remain but HHH has imposed a Jan. 19 deadline for those wishing to participate.
“Liz is a great leader and spokesperson for her organization because she is so passionate,” said Wylde, a USA Olympic equestrian and winner of a gold medal in team jumping at the 2004 Athens Games. “When I went to one of the afternoon sessions with the kids and listened to them talk and interact with the horses, I was all in. It’s just another way we can give back to the community and fulfill our responsibility as human beings to help others.”
The only organization of its kind in the nation, Horses Healing Hearts not only deals with the children of addicts, it also provides equine assisted therapy to help adult clients recovering from substance abuse addiction.
“We can’t arrest our way out of the opiate epidemic. We need programs like Horses Healing Hearts, which helps young people in distress and prevents tragedies before they occur,” said State Attorney Dave Aronberg.
Especially relevant in this season of shopping and giving, any purchases made through Amazon Smile https://smile.amazon.com with HHH listed as your charity, will donate a small percent to HHH at no charge. To donate directly or for more information, log on at www.hhhusa.org. For more information or to buy tickets for the White White West go to www.HHHAnnualbenefit.com, https://www.facebook.com/HHHUSA/ or call 561-308-6431. For sponsorships or media information please email Laura South at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 561-371-7818.