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The Rainbow Connection Names Dimaggio Executive Director

Anchorage, AK, March 25, 2010 - The Rainbow Connection, a local, not-for-profit organization, named Susan DiMaggio as its executive director on March 1, 2010. DiMaggio joined the Anchorage-based therapeutic horseback riding program as its leader after spending the last 28 years at the Sheraton Anchorage Hotel & Spa. DiMaggio retired from the hotel business in June of last year, where she was the general manager.

DiMaggio is a 40-year member of the Anchorage community and is an accomplished equestrienne. She and her husband, Jim DiMaggio, are active in the Anchorage Downtown Rotary Club, where they serve on a number of committees. Susan is also a member of the Providence Anchorage Advisory Council.

DiMaggio brings to the position a strong leadership, organizational and communications background. Annie & Phil Mabry, founders of The Rainbow Connection say, "Susan is a long-awaited breath of fresh air to our organization. Susan's solid reputation in the community and her high level of management expertise is exactly what we were looking for to lead our program in to the future."

The Rainbow Connection recently signed a long term lease with the Municipality of Anchorage to develop a year-round, equine focused, therapeutic riding and learning center at the William Clark Chamberlin Equestrian Center on Abbott Road in Anchorage. The organization will break ground in April to begin phase one of its expansion plan. A 72' x 120' covered arena will be erected to provide a permanent home for the program and its riders.

The Rainbow Connection's mission is to bring therapeutic and recreational benefits of horseback riding to children and adults with special needs in Anchorage and surrounding areas. The Rainbow Connection is the only recognized NARHA (North American Riding for the Handicapped) center in Alaska.

For more information, please contact Susan DiMaggio via telephone at (907) 351-3979 or via e-mail at susan.dimaggio@therainbowconnection.org. //

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