Groups help hounds and horses in Vail Valley |

Groups help hounds and horses in Vail Valley

Vail Daily staff reportnewsroom@vaildaily.comVail, CO Colorado

VAIL, Colorado -For many years the Eagle Valley Humane Society and Mountain Valley Horse Rescue have worked together in Colorado’s Vail Valley. On Saturday, the groups will hold their first fundraiser together. The first Paws For Ponies Benefit will take place at the Wolcott Yacht Club, starting at 6 p.m.The yacht club’s managing partners, Christian St. Onge, Shawn McMenamy and Willem Johnson, reopened the restaurant in May. Johnson said his own three pets inspired him to sponsor the event. Performing live music will be The Coral Creek Band, a bluegrass band, that can “really throw down,” Johnson said. Guests can feast on the Yacht Club’s gourmet creations – watermelon gazpacho with sherry, mango phyllo cups with shaved coconut, roasted black angus sirloin sliders, succotash with delicate herbs and more. The ticket price of $35 includes the Mediterranean style horsd’oeuvres, and two free drinks of beer or wine. There also will be a cash bar. Tickets can be purchased in advance at Wags & Whiskers in Eagle and Edwards, or at the Wolcott Yacht Club. Tickets will also be available at the door. Silent auction and raffle prizes include hotel stays, art, restaurant gift certificates and more. There also will be a wine ring toss board.Alicia Morris, president of Mountain Valley Horse Rescue, says that with the economic times it is important that to pool resources to help the animals of Eagle County and beyond. “Horses are very expensive to rescue and rehabilitate,” Morris said. “Even when the horses recover, the everyday costs are high while they wait to be adopted.”The Eagle Valley Humane Society recently celebrated its 35th year as a nonprofit animal welfare organization. The group finds home for animals, work to prevent pet overpoopulation and has a role in enforcing animal cruelty laws. All proceeds benefit the Humane Society and Horse Rescue equally. For more information call 970-328-PETS or 970-926-3444.

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