ResorTime donates $2,500 to Scottsdale horseback riding program


ResorTime, a California-based rental time-share company, donated $2,500 Sept. 18 to Hunkapi Programs after the therapeutic riding program received the most votes in ResorTime’s giving contest, beCause Destination Matters.

ResorTime is the nightly condominium rental division of Southern California-based Grand Pacific Resorts. Renee Wagner, director of marketing at Grand Pacific Resorts, presented the check to Terra Schaad, executive director of Hunkapi, at the non-profit’s headquarters in Scottsdale.

“We are humbled and grateful,” said Ms. Schaad.

“I want to thank ResorTime for what you do and for considering us in your contributions.”

Hunkapi entered the contest for the second quarter of 2015, competing with two national organizations, the Pro Player and Project Athena Foundations.

Thousands of people voted and overwhelmingly supported Hunkapi. Approximately 6,000 ResorTime customers live in Arizona, which may have contributed to Hunkapi’s success in the contest.

ResorTime has also launched a “10 for 10” offer, in which vacationers can save 10 percent on their vacation and 10 percent of the proceeds are donated to Hunkapi.

The goal is to raise an additional $2,500 to provide 30 hours of therapy to a local child with autism. Visit for the promo code.

“Our giving program, beCause Destination Matters, is special because it supports the causes that matter to our customers,” said Ms. Wagner. “It provides everyone an opportunity to give back at any level. You may submit a story, vote, share, or book a vacation.”

In a gesture of gratitude for the donation, Hunkapi provided a two-hour therapeutic riding session to Glendale-resident Renee Figueroa and her seven children, four of whom have special needs.

The Figueroa family received a sponsored vacation from Grand Pacific Resorts in May 2015 as part of the company’s Extraordinary Vacations program with Send Me On Vacation, a non-profit that works with breast cancer survivors.

According to Ms. Wagner, “Hunkapi touched the hearts of the people who matter to us, and we wanted to do more than just write a check. We were thrilled when we realized that the Figueroa family lives in the area and could benefit from Hunkapi’s services.

The organization has worked with thousands of children and adults since it began in 1996. The name “Hunkapi” is from a Native American word meaning “I am related to everyone.”

Visit for more information.

The Scottsdale Independent publishes a free daily newsletter. A print edition is mailed to 75,000 homes and businesses each month. If you value our journalistic mission, please consider showing us your support.

You are encouraged to leave relevant comments but engaging in personal attacks, threats, online bullying or commercial spam will not be allowed. All comments should remain within the bounds of fair play and civility. You can disagree with others courteously, without being disagreeable. Feel free to express yourself but keep an open mind toward finding value in what others say. To report abuse or spam, click the arrow in the upper right corner of the comment box.

Facebook Comment