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As sanctuary manager of Lucky Orphans Horse Rescue, KarissaLee Thompson made herself available to talk about the equine sanctuary’s mission of “People Helping Horses Heal People” at the fundraiser held at Milea Estate Vineyard on Thursday, Aug. 20. Photo submitted

‘Cheers’ made at Lucky Orphans fundraiser

DOVER PLAINS — Excited to bring the community together to raise awareness for its mission, Lucky Orphans Horse Rescue, in partnership with Milea Estate Vineyard, invited residents and businesses to an evening of food, wine and music at the Hudson Valley vineyard on Thursday, Aug. 20. Located in nearby Staatsburg, around 20 attended, many of whom took the opportunity to chat with the Lucky Orphans staff about the equine sanctuary’s work.

“It’s a way to bring together the community that enables us to do everything that we do every day down to the supporters and the businesses,” said KarissaLee Thompson, sanctuary manager.

For those who were unable to make it to the event, Lucky Orphans will be hosting similar events at the winery from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 17; Thursday, Oct. 15; and Thursday Nov. 19.

All proceeds and donations collected will go directly to the care of the 50 equine residents at Lucky Orphans, located at 2699 Route 22 in Dover Plains.

— Kaitlin Lyle

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