All welcome to “horse around” with Peninsula Volunteers at May 21st event

by Linda Hubbard on May 8, 2011

Long known for their festive fundraisers, the Peninsula Volunteers are staging “Horsin’ Around” at the National Center for Equine Facilitated Therapy (NCEFT) on Runnymead Road in Woodside on Saturday, May 21. And co-chairs Terri Carville (left) and Kimber Strum want to get the word out that everyone is welcome to attend.

“This isn’t an event just for PVs but rather a fundraiser so that we can continue to provide services to area seniors,” said Terri. “So think about about gathering up a group of friends and come out for the fun.”

The event begins at 4:00 pm with “thirstquenchers” and “trailtizers.”  The evening continues with music by the Dick Green Band, gaming by Full House Casino Events, performances by the San Mateo County Horsemen’s Association Senior Color Guard, the Pacific Coast Vaulting Club, and Chryle Bacon “The Cowgirl.”   The ole’ horse trader, Frank Bizzarro, will be the Fund-a-Need and “Heads and Tails” caller.

“This is really about one nonprofit helping another during a time when it’s harder to raise needed dollars,” said Gari Merendino, NCEFT’s Executive Director.

Flown in just for the event, will be Krandel Lee Newton, known as “The Butt Sketcher.” (sketch sample, left) “He’s been featured on TV and commissioned from all over the world by celebrities, conventions, weddings, etc.,” said Terri.  “We are honored to have him participate in our event.”

Three of NCEFT’s animals, Roxie (not pictured), a dwarf miniature horse, and miniature donkeys Willy and Wonka plan to get dressed up for the occasion, as they did at a recent dress rehearsal. “They really seem to enjoy it,” said one of their handlers. Added Gari: “Or at least they put up with it!”

The Peninsula Volunteers has provided services to area seniors for six decades. Services include Little House, Roslyn G. Morris Activity Center; adult day care service provider Rosener House; Meals on Wheels/nutrition programs; and two low-cost senior housing complexes, Crane Place and Partridge/Kennedy Apartments.

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