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NEW BRITAIN, CT – Webster Bank will champion Hospital for Special Care’s Night at the Derby fundraiser as the $10,000 Kentucky Derby sponsor.  This signature annual fundraiser benefits the hospital’s Manes & Motions Therapeutic Riding Center and will take place Thursday, September 28, 2023 at the Wadsworth Mansion at Long Hill Estate in Middletown. Manes & Motions provides therapeutic horseback riding and equine-assisted education activities for individuals living with disabilities.

“Webster Bank has been a sustaining force of support for Manes & Motions, contributing more than $90,000.00 to support our mission through the years” said Lynn Ricci, FACHE, president and chief executive officer.  “We honored Webster Bank at our annual meeting and donor reception in June as a Servant Leader. Our Servant Leader Award recognizes members of our community who shape our continuum of care through their dedication. Webster Bank understands the role that community services like Manes & Motions play in ensuring access to health activities for individuals with disabilities.”

Taylor Kinzler, host of NBC Connecticut’s morning lifestyle show, CT Live! joins Night at the Derby as this year’s celebrity emcee. At this year’s event attendees will sip, savor and experience the grandeur of the Wadsworth Mansion while enjoying light Derby fare, participate in a virtual auction and hear uplifting stories of the horse and human connection.  Lockton Companies, University of Saint Joseph, Eversource Energy, Go and many other sponsors have also signed on to support the event and the year-round program.

Individuals and companies can support the event through a sponsorship, an auction item donation, or by registering to attend. For more information on the event, contact Annamarie Grise at the Hospital for Special Care Foundation at 860-839-0396, or visit

Photo: Manes’ participant Jacob with therapy horse, Harley.


About Manes & Motions Therapeutic Riding Center

Manes & Motions Therapeutic Riding Center was founded in 1999 and is a PATH International Premier Accredited Center. Indoor and outdoor equine assistive activities are conducted by certified therapeutic riding instructors and supported by over 150 trained volunteers.

Located in Middletown, CT, Manes & Motions is a part of the Hospital for Special Care community, and operates on a not-for-profit basis. For information visit on line at:


About Hospital for Special Care

Hospital for Special Care (HFSC) is the fourth largest, free-standing long-term acute care hospital in the U.S. and one of only two in the nation serving adults and children. HFSC is recognized for advanced care and rehabilitation in pulmonary care, acquired brain injury, medically-complex pediatrics, neuromuscular disorders including ALS research, spinal cord injury, comprehensive heart failure and comprehensive inpatient and outpatient treatment for children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorder.

Located in New Britain and Hartford, CT, HFSC operates inpatient and outpatient facilities serving Southern New England and the Tri-State area on a not-for-profit basis. For the latest news and information, please visit, and follow us on Facebook @HospitalforSpecialCare and Twitter @HospSpecialCare.

Media Contact:
Wendy DeAngelo
Vice President, Development and Communications