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Friday Barn Bash Earns Big Money
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This item did double duty, serving as both a centerpiece and a Silent Auction item for the Oakdale Equine Rescue Annual Barn Bash. The event earned a total of over $21,000 for the 501c3 non-profit. Photo Contributed

Rescued horses will continue to be fed and cared for thanks to the generosity of a community and hard work of some volunteers.

Over 270 people filled the Gene Bianchi Community Center on Friday night as they attended the Second Annual Barn Bash benefitting Oakdale Equine Rescue. OER President Jeannine Etheridge shared she was overwhelmed by the generosity of the people who attended and the business and community support.

Etheridge had set a goal of 200 for attendance and $20,000 gross, both numbers double what the event took in its first year. Both numbers were exceeded beyond her imagination. A total of 275 tickets were sold and $21,000 raised as result of the night.

“I had to call the caterer a couple of times because we had to keep changing the count,” she said. “People came (the night of) and couldn’t get in because we were sold out and they just left checks.”

The organizer shared her concern for making sure her guests were both comfortable and well fed, noting that next year she will likely up the count to accommodate more supporters.

“Our community is amazing,” she said. “Oakdale is amazing and our local stores are so amazing. I can’t believe how much support we received from so many people. It just blows me away.”

Oakdale Equine Rescue is a 501c3 non-profit, rescuing horses from varying counties. Their mission is to aid and care for the animals so that they may be adopted to a forever home.

“This money will cover hay and medical expenses for horses coming in,” Etheridge stated. “As well as give us a buffer if times get tough. I like to have that wiggle room.”

Dedicated to not just continuing their rescue efforts, but ensure a quality event, the president shared each of the ‘Thank You’ cards being sent out will include a questionnaire regarding the event to help with future planning.

“We will continue to do this,” she stated. “We want people to continue to want to come back.”

For additional information or to make a tax deductible donation to Oakdale Equine Rescue, visit www.oakdaleequinerescue.org.