2012 LCC Awards Day Recap

October 17, 2012 at 12:45 PM Leave a comment

The Saturday afternoon glowed with a burnished autumn sun that kept the nippy October air at bay. In anticipation for the awards ceremony ahead, LCC participants and their families gathered around the Las Campanas Equestrian Center’s courtyard centerpiece shortly after 3:00 p.m.

LCC founders, Lawrence and Suzanna Becerra, thanked Las Campanas and the many people who have supported, volunteered, and bolstered the programs of Las Campanas Compadres since its inception in 2007. Through community support, like the success of September’s annual Labor Day mini-triathlon, LCC programs continue to flourish.  The impact of the group is also growing: the no-charge-to-families, half-hour hippotherapy and therapeutic swimming sessions currently taught by Karen Evans and Dave Caldwell are now at the 3,900-lesson mark and counting. The creative year-round fundraising efforts through Albertson’s Community Program and the percentage of sales when people use the LCC Amazon.com portal, are financially supporting LCC’s goal to benefit people of all ages who have disabilities. Through word-of-mouth, appearances on community television, and interviews on local radio stations, Las Campanas Compadres is becoming wider known in the Santa Fe area. LCC supporters as far away as Oklahoma, New York and London have contributed to its success.

Las Campanas Compadres Awards Day is a day of smiles and celebration.  Well-deserved pride and happy congratulations in the courtyard is widespread as each participant is called forward to receive their symbol of achieving individual riding and/or swimming goals. This year’s golden trophies created and engraved with each participant’s name are especially pretty and are only matched in their beauty by the lovely crystal heart-shaped 2012 “Ron Walters Awards” presented to three LCC volunteer recipients this year. Susan Sumner makes sure the Becerras received a meaningful token of the huge appreciation LCC families feel for the Becerras’ dedication and hard work before the ceremony ends. The traditional piñata is raised by Luis for the younger children to take turns trying to breaking it open to take home candy treats. LCC families, volunteers, instructors and founders have a chance to visit with one another while the delicious desserts and fruit they brought for the event are shared.

Awards Day is a splendid time to revel in the pure goodness and life-enrichment Las Campanas Compadres provides for those who take part in the programs.  LCC Awards Day is the epitome of a great deal of team effort, the crowning glory of a year’s work, and the manifestation of the non-profit group’s mission: “People Helping People Reach New Heights”.

To see initial images of LCC Awards Day 2012, click on LCC’s Facebook page:


Another link to see images of the special day are coming soon to the Las Campanas Compadres website:


Entry filed under: Families of LCC, Fundraising for non-profit group, Las Campanas Compadres Update, Therapeutic Riding program, Therapeutic Swim program. Tags: , , , .

3:00 PM at the Las Campanas Equestrian Center Barn Images: Trophies, Hearts, Smiles, and the Traditional Piñata

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