Since the Horsey Ladies first began gathering for their annual Charity Auction, the group has raised more than $45,000 for local non-profit groups.
The 14th annual event, held Nov. 18 at Spallumcheen Golf and Country Club, attracted 130 horsey gals from all over the Okanagan, Shuswap, Merritt and Kamloops.
More than 100 items were up for auction, and thanks to the generosity of numerous businesses and individuals, this year’s event raised more than $6,800.
“All the proceeds from this event are given back to a charity that the gals vote on that evening. We never know who is going to win,” said committee member Nancy Roman. “We offer a suggestion board where the gals are welcome to write down their charity of choice and we provide open mic during dinner for anyone to introduce themselves, their business, or their cause. They’re then given one vote for their charity and the majority wins.”
In previous years recipients have included Mona’s Cowboy Inspiration Fund; Angel’s Animal Rescue; BC Interior Horse Rescue; North Okanagan Therapeutic Riding Association; Equine Assisted Therapy; and Shuswap and Vernon SPCAs.
This year proceeds will be given to the top two vote-getters, Vernon Women’s Transition House (Equine Assisted Therapy Program) and the Community Dental Access Centre in Vernon.
“We had so many items up for bidding, including 13 donated weekends at guest ranches and spas; these are always a big hit with the ladies. And Kelli and staff at Spallumcheen are amazing to work with. They do a great job in decorating the room and creating a fabulous Christmas atmosphere.”
The Horsey Ladies are not a club nor a society, there is no board 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. In addition to Roman, this year’s committee included Ruby Edwards, Elspeth Manning, Amy Vaughan, Michele Gould and Ester Gerlof.