Charity fundraiser at Monte De Oro Winery includes red carpet arrival, awards dinner

TEMECULA – “The Mane Event” promises to be one of Riverside County’s most exciting occasions, held at Monte De Oro Winery in Temecula on March 29 from 6 to 9:30 p.m.

The annual fundraising event is open to the public with an evening of entertainment and awards dinner planned. Awards will be presented to several community members for their outstanding work within the equine community and for their support to Villa Chardonnay Animal Sanctuary.

Award recipients include Geraldine Strunsky of the Temecula Valley Polo Club, Julie Reeder owner of Village News, Inc. and animal enthusiast Sam Deluca of Murrieta, among others. The exciting evening will be highlighted with a red carpet arrival and live jazz and blues from AM Jazz led by Alden


Guests will enjoy an elegant dinner and dine on delectable cuisine from executive chef Taylor Harris. Live and silent auctions will showcase original artwork, an autographed guitar from the Rolling Stones, a selection of wines from Temecula vintners, leisure activities, sports memorabilia including a signed boxing glove from Muhammad Ali, electronics, theatre tickets and


Villa Chardonnay, one of the nation’s most recognizable and reputable equine sanctuaries, is celebrating 10 years of service to the community this year. Villa Chardonnay is one of the largest animal sanctuaries in California. All proceeds will go to the ongoing care for all the permanent residents at Villa Chardonnay.

“This evening promises to be among the Temecula Valley’s most entertaining events,” said Monika Kerber, CEO of Villa Chardonnay.

Villa Chardonnay, Horses With Wings is located in the Temecula Wine Country and was founded by Monika Kerber and Louise Gardner, who are on the board of directors. The organization has rescued more than 300 abandoned or neglected animals, mainly horses, providing food, shelter, medical care, dental care and nurturing during the past ten


To purchase tickets, visit or mail a check to Villa Chardonnay, 42200 Calle Barbona, Temecula, CA 92592. For more information, call (951) 526-6600.

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