Belmont Party Raises Funds for the Horses

Rachel greets guests from atop the roof where the race will be watched.

Rachel Rosenthal, owner of Heronwood Farm, and Mark Bellard hosted their fifteenth annual Belmont Party on June 6, 2015. The party began at 2:30 p.m. and finished after the Belmont race. This was the fourth year that Mylestone Equine Rescue has benefited from the party, which also included a Silent Auction and merchandise table.

A guest looks over some of the items available for bid.

A basket filled with great items for every horse lover and their horse.

Mylestone volunteers Tracy Botros, Cheryl Kavka, Lois Commander, and Sharielle Lawrence-Cadet managed the Silent Auction and merchandising tents and answered questions from the guests about the rescue. The Silent Auction featured a Tiffany and Co. purse set, a Coach tablet case, blanket cleanings donated by Horse Duds and Suds and much, much more. Every auction item had a bid and sold this year, and there were a number of “bidding wars” going on for some of the items.

Tracy Botros helped people out at the Mylestone merchandise tent, answering questions and offering Mylestone items.

The merchandise tent had a variety of Mylestone items for sale, plus information on the rescue, gift sponsorships and volunteering.

Somerset Grain and Feed has their own booth at the event.

From right to left, our hostess, Rachel, Board member and volunteer Lois Commander, Tom from Somerset Grain and Feed, Dr. Marybeth Hamorski, Mylestone's vet and her husband, Jeff.

Tom from Somerset Grain and Feed generously donated ten bags of Triple Crown feed to Mylestone, plus held a raffle for free feed, offered coupons, and distributed gift bags to attendees.

Adorable horse cookies brightened the dessert table.

Carly handing Cheryl the money she made from selling her art work.

Rachel’s daughter, Carly, had a table in the children’s corner selling her artwork in honor of Mylestone.

Guests watching an historical race, resulting in a new Triple-Crown winner.

Thirty minutes prior to the beginning of the race, Rachel gave a speech thanking Mark, her guests and sponsors, and honoring Mylestone. “Mylestone Equine Rescue is a great organization,” Rachel said during her speech. The crowd watched the race with rapt attention as American Pharaoh made history by becoming the next Triple Crown winner after thirty-seven years.

Many attendees gave donations after the race in honor of the new Triple Crown winner. The event raised about $4,000, the majority of which were generous donations and which also included $1,300 in Silent Auction items and Mylestone merchandise. We are already excited for next year’s party.

Our generous and gracious hosts, Mark Bellard and Rachel Rosenthal.

We are very grateful for the continued support of Rachel, Mark and their generous guests at this wonderful annual event.

At the end of a wonderfully successful day, Board members and volunteers Cheryl Kavka, (l.) and Lois Commander, (r.) chat with Rachel, (center).

Story and Photos by Sharielle Lawrence-Cadet















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