It was a breezy fall day with patches of clouds and a reluctant sun, but over 250 people came to Myle-stone's 7th Annual Open House to meet the horses. For newcomers, they got the chance to see just what Mylestone is all about. No one was disappointed.
Indy enjoys a scratch from an admirer.
The horses all looked their best and enjoyed the attention from their guests, happy for a pet or a rub. Many sponsors came to the event, some were meeting their horse for the first time, and were delighted to see what excellent condition their sponsored horse was in. Many of our visitors also commented on how wonderful Smokey and Wyatt looked as compared to their nearly skeletal appearance in 2005 when they had just arrived.
Although the horses were the main attraction, visitors were treated to an extensive Silent Auction with nearly 70 items to bid on, and a beautiful crafts table with a wide array of Mylestone items available. One of our new and most popular items were plush ponies in coat colors matching our residents. And of course, there was the now-famous bake sale, which is a big hit with young and old alike. Volunteers were working everywhere to help visitors and answer questions.
As the afternoon warmed up, the sun came out to shine on Mylestone's Open House - it was a happy crowd, and undoubtedly all left sharing an understanding of Mylestone's mission.
Mylestone wants to thank ALL the volunteers who did a wonderful job of making this event happen - from planning to set-up to clean-up - it couldn't be done without them. Special thanks is also given to Kathy Stanwood for her tireless efforts in putting together the Silent Auction, and to Diane Becker for ordering and organizing all the Mylestone items, including our new plush ponies as well as Corporate Marketing for making it possible for Mylestone to offer these great items.
Shadow, completely blind, trusts a youngster with a gentle touch.
Thanks as well to Mike Frassinelli of the Star ledger for his wonderful piece on Mylestone and Open House, and for the Express Times in covering the event.
We are so grateful to everyone - thanks for helping the horses and thanks for coming and supporting our efforts! Please check here for a list of all the wonderful folks who made this event possible.