Wild for Life Foundation benefit held at local estate


Wild for Life Foundation’s “Charity Spring Benefit Wine Tasting Reception” was held March 29 at a local estate. The festivities were hosted by Lisa and Scott Harris. Titled “Celebrating Life, Horses and Healing and Honoring our Veterans,” the event’s honorary co-chair was actor Ken Wahl, who is best known for his Golden Globe award-winning lead role in the hit television series “Wiseguy.” Sean Kelly, a popular standup comedian and a Desert Storm veteran, was the event’s emcee and auctioneer.

Other guests included wildlife ecologist and wild horse expert Craig Downer, members of the horse and entertainment industry, Native American council members, U.S. governmental representatives, and more. In addition, active and retired military from Camp Pendleton involved in the program attended the event.

World-renowned tenor Anthony Kearns was the featured entertainer at the event. Kearns sang two sets for an appreciative crowd, which included “How Are Things in Glocca Morra” from Finian’s Rainbow, “Empty Chairs at Empty Tables” from Les Miserable, and “La Vie en Rose” and “Granada” among others. Kearns is the youngest member of The Irish Tenors, with whom he has 10 CDs and five PBS specials. Kearns, who has had the honor to perform for three U.S. Presidents, recently released a new solo CD, “With a Song in My Heart.” (


“Anthony was sensational,” said Katia Louise, event organizer.

Funds raised at the event will benefit Wild for Life Foundation’s Equine Sanctuary Center in North County, which “provides programs where people and horses are partners in healing and therapeutic relationships.”

Event sponsors included the Coalition to Salute America’s Heroes, the American Association of Equine Sports Preservation, and Ambassadors for Compassion.

Wild for Life Foundation (WFLF) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charity dedicated to protecting, saving and preserving wild and domestic equines. The organization is also dedicated “to enhancing human life, especially foster children and military veterans suffering from the invisible wounds of war through the healing power of horses.”

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