On September 21st Walt Disney Studios hosted a VIP screening of their new movie, Secretariat, to benefit Morning Dove. With a full theatre, everyone there supporting Morning Dove, it was a wonderful night out at the movies. Secretariat chronicles the impossible true story of Penny Chenery, a housewife, who risked everything to chase a dream she knew her horse could capture. Secretariat went on to win the Triple Crown, the greatest honor in horse racing and 37 years later his records have still not been broken.
The night seemed to be filled with that “Disney magic” – hope and excitement surrounded the entire evening; even the jockey, Ron Turcotte, who rode Secretariat to all his wins, sent over autographed posters to raffle off to the attendees. Before the movie started Board President, Lori Leroy spoke to the audience about the mission of Morning Dove and the building of the new facility. Throughout the movie the connection of Morning Dove and Secretariat was obvious, always believe in the impossible and never stop fighting for what you know can be. At Morning Dove the impossible happens every day – Disney recognized this and wanted to support such a worthy organization by giving us the VIP screening. It was a wonderful night to raise awareness about Morning Dove.