SonRise Equestrian Foundation will celebrate five years of miniature horse hospice visits, horsemanship skill building and horseback riding lessons during its fifth annual Wine and Equine Festival, its most ambitious fundraiser to date, being held this Friday at Wente Winery in Livermore.
"Our theme this year is: A Magical Evening in the Vineyard," said SonRise founder Melanie Buerke. "This will be a special evening to look back to hundreds of magical moments in which horses have forever changed the lives of children and adults in our community and to look forward to the changes to come."
The organization hopes to raise 50 percent of its operating budget for the entire year during the festival this Friday, Sept. 16, at Wente Winery in Livermore.
Tickets may be purchased at www.sonriseequestrianfoundation.org for $150 per person. All proceeds go to SonRise Equestrian Foundation. Visit online or call 838-7433 for additional information.
SonRise Equestrian Foundation is a nonprofit based in Danville that teams up gentle horses with children throughout the Tri-Valley who are living with emotional or physical challenges. It's found that children who take care of the horses and enjoy them through the program develop confidence and learn to be responsible.
The festival, which is sponsored by Wente, will feature estate grown, sustainably farmed wines, appetizers, gourmet dinner, dancing with music by Jack Pollard, live and silent auction, wine cellar raffle and jewelry raffle. More information is available on the SonRise website.
SonRise offers four programs free to children: In-the-Saddle, a one-to-one riding program; Team Equine, a group-based program through which children develop social skills and self confidence while caring for horses; Traveling Tails, a program that makes horses accessible to children with autism and life-limiting illnesses by bringing miniature horses to them at camps, schools and children's hospice programs; Play Days - days held quarterly through which we educate Bay Area children about horses.