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Laughing Pony Rescue to hold first fall gala luncheon in Rancho Santa Fe

Rancho Santa Fe’s Laughing Pony Rescue, Inc. will hold its first gala luncheon from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 12 at the Rancho Santa Fe Golf Club.

The event will feature a silent auction with prizes including a horse clinic valued at $500, two acupuncture sessions valued at $200 each, original art work by a local artist, one night at the West Inn & Suites in Carlsbad, and many more valuable items.

A live auction, moderated by auctioneer Larry Wight, offers a three-bedroom, 2 1/2-bath casita for six days and five nights in Los Cabos, Mexico, including a personal chef; saddles; three days and two nights at the Lodges at Gettysburg; and original artwork, among other prizes. A special drawing for a $2,000 diamond from the Diamond Boutique will also take place.

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During lunch, models will stroll the tables in the latest fashions from several local boutiques, including Mila in La Jolla. These fashions and others will be available at an on-site boutique for guests’ shopping convenience. Guests can choose from Maine Lobster Salad, a Vegetable Napoleon Stack, Grilled Free Range Chicken or Grilled Flat Iron Steak. Dessert will be a French apple tart. Wine and cocktails will also be available for purchase. Everyone will leave with a swag bag.

Music will be provided by Cowboy Jack, who will also MC the event. Richard Lederer, Union Tribune columnist and the most successful breeder of world-class poker players in history, will lead a poker clinic and game starting at 2 p.m. He will instruct beginners and intermediates in the fundamentals of Texas Hold’em. There’s a separate $100 buy-in for this and seating is very limited.

Tickets are available at www.universe.com/novgala at $75; poker costs an additional $100. All proceeds (after expenses) will go directly to the care of the horses at Laughing Pony. To donate to the auction, contact Maren Christensen at maren@laughingponyrescue.com.

Laughing Pony Rescue is a 501(c)3 organization founded in 2009 by Rancho Santa Fe resident Celia Sciacca, dedicated to rescuing and rehabilitating sick, abused and abandoned horses of any breed. Visit www.laughingponyrescue.com or www.facebook.com/laughingponyrescue.

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