REDMOND, WA – Redmond Town Center and Redmond Marriott Town Center gifted Little Bit Therapeutic Riding Center with a check for $10,148.25 at a luncheon yesterday.   This donation was the culmination of the “Marriott Merry-Go-Round” carousel rides in the center of Redmond Town Center over the holidays.

Little Bit Therapeutic Riding Center is a very special non-profit organization in the Redmond community.  Their therapists help with both “Adaptive Riding” and “Hippotherapy”, that help people with disabilities develop stronger muscles through conditioning.  Children with no core strength begin to develop muscles and learn to sit up, on and off a horse.

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Kathy Alm, Director of Little Bit, explains “There is a therapeutic connection between a horse and a person that is so wonderful to experience.  It’s what makes my job.”

The Little Bit organization started in 1976, and moved to Redmond from Woodinville last year. Alm continued “Redmond welcomed us with open arms!”  Currently, Little Bit hosts 116 participants in the Adaptive Riding portion of the program, and over 70 patients in their Hippotherapy portion.  They have over 400 volunteers that support the cause as well.

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When the City of Redmond and Redmond Town Center were trying to decide where to place the holiday carousel, Redmond Town Center offered to have it right in the Center Plaza.  The Redmond Marriott Town Center helped sponsor it being here, and the net proceeds were donated to Little Bit.

The luncheon was attended by Redmond’s Mayor John Marchione, Kathy Alm and Jenny Metz, from Little Bit Therapeutic Riding Center, Eric Printz from Redmond Marriott Town Center; Lisa Rhodes and Nicole Wiebe from the Redmond Parks Department, and Courtney Klein, David Bocock and Sallye Soltner from Redmond Town Center.

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“It was a wonderful collaborative effort on everyone’s part”, commented Mayor John Marchione, as the check was presented to Little Bit.  “Wow”, exclaimed Alm, “That represents helping almost 100 treatments.  Thank you so much, to all of you”.