Second annual derby and charity event unites animal rescues, May 3

TEMECULA – The second annual Kentucky Derby Day & Casino Charity Event partners two dedicated animal rescues – Villa Chardonnay Equine Sanctuary and ARK, the Animal Rescue Kompany – to raise awareness to the plight of abandoned animals in need.

Proceeds from the event are a main source of funding for the rescues. Villa Chardonnay Equine Sanctuary focuses on rescuing and providing a permanent home to horses, goats, donkeys, dogs and cats. ARK has a successful dog and cat adoption program and effectively partners with Pet Smart for their adoption program. Since their inceptions, the rescues have helped more than 5,000 homeless animals in Southern California.

The fundraiser themed Kentucky Derby promises to be a great day of fun for the whole family. The event kicks off on Saturday, May 3 at 2 p.m. with mini Mint Juleps at the door followed by all you can eat tacos, watching the Kentucky Derby, post time is 3:24 p.m., and casino style gambling for charity.

Craft beer and award winning wines from local Temecula vineyards will also be available. The event will be held at the Villa Chardonnay Equine Sanctuary at 42200 Calle Barbona in Wine Country.

The fundraising event is open to the public and also includes a ladies “Best Kentucky Derby Hat” contest and visiting the horses and animals at the Villa Chardonnay Sanctuary. Two direct descendants of Triple Crown Winners Seattle Slew and Secretariat will be greeting visitors at the door, as Duchess and Nitro Active have permanent homes at Villa Chardonnay.

Live and silent auctions will showcase original artwork, a selection of wines, vacations, entertainment packages, local services, sports memorabilia, electronics, theatre tickets and more. Children and adults may visit and feed all the rescued horses, mini-ponies, goats, dogs, cats and a personable turkey named Erik. ARK will host an Adoption Day during the event for the adoption of dogs.

“The day promises to be among the Temecula Valley’s most entertaining events, all proceeds will go to the care of the animals of ARK and Villa Chardonnay. Villa Chardonnay celebrates its tenth anniversary this year and we are proud to band together with ARK. With two dedicated rescues uniting for this event we hope to be stronger than ever,” said Monika Kerber, president of Villa Chardonnay.

Ticket prices are $25 and children under 5 are free. Ticket prices include all you can eat delicious gourmet tacos, beverages, waters and other snacks. Tickets may be purchased from Villa Chardonnay or ARK.

For more information visit www.villachardonnay.org or www.animalrescuekompany.org. The rescues continue to seek auction items for this event. For more information, contact Villa Chardonnay at (951) 526-6600.

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