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October 4, 2013
CONTACT: Gordon Ovenshine

Sunset Serenade benefits Storm Harbor

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Slippery Rock University will celebrate the success of its award-winning Storm Harbor Equestrian Center and welcome more than 300 supporters during the Seventh Annual Sunset Serenade Celebration Oct. 12.

Proceeds from the celebration help build an endowment, expand services and provide scholarship assistance for students and riders.

This year's theme is "Rockin on the Ranch." The program includes four culinary stations, live music by Well Strung, a silent auction and live auction.

John Snyder, SRU associate director of Career Education and Development, is emcee. Cheryl Norton, SRU president, will welcome sponsors. Patricia Hladio, SRU director of financial aid and weekly Storm Harbor rider, will talk about the therapeutic benefit of programs. Her talk is titled "Storm Harbor...Being Part of an Amazing Living-Learning Laboratory."

Auction items include an autographed jersey from Pittsburgh Pirates Pedro Alvarez, Pittsburgh Penguin private box tickets, an autographed hockey puck from retired Penguin Mario Lemieux, a 42-inch flat screen television and a weekend stay in Seven Springs.

Doors will open 5:30 p.m. Culinary stations will open at 6:30 p.m. The live auction begins at 8:35 p.m., with auctioneer Tom Abbott.

Storm Harbor services more than 100 riders a week with a focus on contributing to the cognitive, physical and emotional well being of adolescent and adult riders with disabilities. SRU students, local high school students and community residences provide more than 400 hours of volunteer service a month, said Courtney Gramlich, center director.

Earlier this week, the Storm Harbor Equestrian Center received an Outstanding Organization Award from the American Therapeutic Recreation Association.

Slippery Rock University is Pennsylvania's premier public residential university. Slippery Rock University provides students with a comprehensive learning experience that intentionally combines academic instruction with enhanced educational and learning opportunities that make a positive difference in their lives.