The unspoken, yet undeniably powerful animal-human synergy between patients and horses in the SaddleUp! program was celebrated at the 2015 SaddleUp! Suitcase Party on August 7th at the AeroColorado Hangar at Centennial Airport. Tempus Aircraft is proud to be the Title Sponsor of this annual event and believes deeply in the power of SaddleUp!’s life changing support system which connects children and adults with physical, occupational and speech therapies to equine therapy options. SaddleUp!’s premier facility offers actives and educational programs in a safe, gentle and family-oriented environment, right here in the Denver area.
Under a colorful Colorado sunset, 475 guests arrived to the SaddleUp! Suitcase party to be greeted by smiling volunteers, champagne and a gleaming Pilatus PC-12NG, waiting outside the open hangar doors to be loaded up with raffle winners later that evening. Eight lucky winners jumped on the pristine turboprop aircraft and flew to Sonoma, California for an overnight adventure. Highlights of the luxurious trip included a stay at the Fairmont Mission Inn, tours and tastings at the StoneEdge Farm and Silver Cloud Vineyard, lunch at the Durell Vinyards and Dunsten Wines, dinner at the Michelin Star Santé Restaurant, and a tour of the Gloria Ferrer Caves.
A silent auction filled with items such as rare autographed sports memorabilia, spa packages and beautiful artwork, along with the live auction led by local celebrities Reggie Rivers and Kim Christiansen led to the incredible total of over $300,000 raised at the SaddleUp! Suitcase Party.
Tempus Aircraft is proud to support SaddleUp!’s efforts to provide alternative therapies for those in need. To join us in supporting Saddle Up or to learn more about their equine therapy programs, please visit their website, saddleupfoundation.org.