The 2011 Open House (June 4th) was a great success and we had all fun getting ready for our visitors.
Frank McGuigan spruced up our fields with his tractor/mower, Terry Ney did some cosmetics with manure removal, and Sarah Groff painted black fence until she was covered in paint. Renee Wenger's son weed eated in the broiling heat and her father pitched in with many trips with tables, other supplies, etc.
Then the footwork started with gathering donations from local businesses.
Renee also sponsored the wonderful gate sign which reads the last lines of "Black Beauty" by Anna Sewell and her father also installed that on the enrance bate to the barn compound. Terry Pearson made beautiful signs and planted lovely flower gardens. Every one worked and worked and worked, and many of the helpers wante do shove me into a barrel and cap it until the Open House was over.
Andrea & Mike Milks (& equestrienne daughter, Mikaila) put a huge effort forth to have a wonderful food booth. Mike's special recipe pulled pork was a hit and many other great items were offered. The Milks donated all the ingredients and labor for prepping the food, then donated the gross receipt to the sanctuary! What a time consuming and selfless act for our horses!
The following were generous contributors:
Midway Diner, Behtel , a gift certificate
Womelsdorf Fire Company, Womelsdorf, a tee shirt
Sarah Groff and Omar Jackson , a 50.00 Macy's certificate
Washes & Wags, Womelsdorf, a free dog grooming
Wrinkle in Time, Robesonia, a gift ceritifcate
P & J's Pizza, Womelsdorf, a gift certificate
Pizza Hut, Womelsdorf, a gift ceritifcate
Huber's Supply, a portable animal clipper
Hubbard Feed, Minnesota, 10 bags of feed and a supplement tub
McDonald's , Womelsdorf, a gift certificate
Home Depot, Lebanon, a standing fan
K & K Feed, Richland, a gift certificate
Lowe's, Lebanon, Home gift items
Tom Sturgis Pretzels, Reading, petzels
Julius Sturgis, Lititz, pretzels
Risser's Diner, Stouchburg, a gift certificate
Bimbo Bakery, rolls
Herrs Foods, bags of chips and snacks
Society Printers, Reading, food items
Stouchburg Nursey, Stouchburg, flat of plants
Also baked goods to sell from Amy Baisley, Ruth Gosnell, and BJ Weber ---and all that traffic directing and logistcs from Renee's best friend Ed, and our own board member Mike Passano. Renee's sister manned the tack shop and her father helped with many hard labor and prep items. Some of the folks who won food in the drawings donated back to the sanctuary also - BJ Webber,\
Renee& Ed, and Shari Stevens......