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Villa-Chardonnay Horse Rescue Ranch Plans Third Annual Fund-Raiser

Benefit to be held at Villa Chardonnay Saturday from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Villa Chardonnay/Horses With Wings, a non-profit rescue ranch and sanctuary located in the heart of the Temecula Valley, plans its third annual fund-raiser on Saturday, September 24 from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m.           

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Benefit to be held at Villa Chardonnay Saturday from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Villa Chardonnay/Horses With Wings, a non-profit rescue ranch and sanctuary located in the heart of the Temecula Valley, plans its third annual fund-raiser on Saturday, September 24 from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m.           

The event will be hosted at Villa Chardonnay and feature a gourmet buffet from a la Cuisine catering with wine provided by Temecula’s South Coast Winery. Entertainment will include live music and singing, horse show with a Friesian stallion, live and silent auctions, raffle and door prizes. Children can have their photos taken with the rescued horses.

Adult tickets are $35.00 in advance or $40.00 at the door; children’s tickets are $10.00. All proceeds are used to provide food and medical care for the nearly 40 rescued horses at the ranch.

Children who come to the event with a drawing or painting of a Villa Chardonnay horse will be admitted free and their drawing or painting will be entered into the silent auction. The child whose drawing/painting attracts the highest bid will receive a free art lesson.

 Villa Chardonnay is located at 42200 Calle Barbona, Temecula, CA. The website for advance ticket purchase or donations is: www.villachardonnay.org.           

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 Villa Chardonnay/Horses with Wings was founded more than three years ago by two local businesswomen, Monika Kerber and Louise Gardner, who work full-time and direct the operations of the ranch.            

The rescue ranch is a non-for-profit 501(c)(3) and takes in abandoned and neglected horses, many from the Temecula Valley and Riverside areas. Without the rescue operation the horses would be sent to slaughterhouses in Mexico or Canada.

“The Temecula Valley has been especially hard hit by the recession with ranch families losing their homes and leaving horses behind,” said Kerber, executive director.

“Well over 100 equine companions have been left abandoned on properties or “set free” in the nearby woods to fend for themselves, which means starvation,” she said.

“Many wonderful animal lovers have stepped forward to help us in our mission to save as many horses as possible from neglect and the horrors of the slaughter houses,” she said.

For more information, visit the Villa Chardonnay/Horses with Wings website or call the ranch at 951-526-6600. See the website for directions and details about the ranch’s operations or to make a donation.

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