Okanagan Horsey Ladies give back

The 15th annual Horsey Ladies Christmas Banquet and Charity Auction raised more than $6,000

Fran MacDonald with the handmade quilt by Patti Thomas that she won at the recent 15th Annual Horsey Ladies Christmas Banquet and Charity Auction.

Fran MacDonald with the handmade quilt by Patti Thomas that she won at the recent 15th Annual Horsey Ladies Christmas Banquet and Charity Auction.

NANCY ROMAN

Special To The Morning Star

With more than 100 items on the auction tables and thanks to generous sponsors, the 15th annual Horsey Ladies Christmas Banquet and Charity Auction raised more than $6,000.

This year’s event took place Nov. 16 at the Spallumcheen Golf and Country Club.

As usual, Kelli and her staff did a fabulous job with the buffet dinner, Christmas decorations and top-notch service to all 128 Horsey Ladies.

Many community groups attended and spoke of hoping to win the charity vote for their cause, including Vernon’s Community Dental Access Centre, Equine Assisted Therapy (at Vernon Women’s Transition House), B.C. Interior Horse Rescue, Vernon 4-H Young Riders, and Kindale Developmental Association.

But it was Caravan Farm Theatre as well as Angel’s Animal Rescue Society that were the two top vote-getters, and the proceeds from the evening will be equally split between the two groups.

Caravan’s executive director, Courtenay Dobbie, explained that they need to buy a new team of horses for their productions, as their senior horses are being retired, and a fundraising campaign for $5,000 had begun.

Her first time to the charity event, she was thrilled hearing Caravan was one of the recipients.

Angel’s Animal Rescue Society (located in Merritt) had previously won $3,000 from the Horsey Ladies in 2010, although that did not stop them from getting top votes again.

The Horsey Ladies is neither a club nor a society. There is no executive or bank account.

They are just a bunch of gals that get together to celebrate their love of horses in the Christmas spirit.

The committee members volunteer all their time in asking for and gathering the auction items in the months and days prior.

To date the Horsey Ladies have raised more than $50,000 and given back to local charities.

See their Facebook page, Horsey Ladies Okanagan, for a list of sponsors, photos from the evening and the money that’s been raised to date.