BENEFITING: GENTLE BARN FOUNDATION
EVENT DATE: Nov 04, 2012
In November I will fulfill a lifelong goal and run my first ever marathon. I'm thrilled to be a part of the ING New York City Marathon and contribute to the organizers' goal of raising $26.2 million ("$1 Mil a Mile") for charity. I've decided to run for my favorite charity, The Gentle Barn. As you may likely know, I have for many years been an enthusiastic supporter of organizations that work to improve the well being of animals and their human counterparts. I'm excited to run for the Gentle Barn, an organization that dedicates itself to this very mission.
Located in Santa Clarita, California The Gentle Barn rescues, rehabilitates, and gives sanctuary to abused animals. Their mission statement explains, “Through the interaction with our animals people learn reverence for all life.” Though I have a particular soft spot for “man’s best friend” I love how The Gentle Barn cares for a variety of amazing animals including horses, donkeys, cows, pigs, sheep, goats, turkeys, llamas, peacocks, dogs, and cats.
After an abused or neglected animal is rescued and rehabilitated, the animal becomes an ambassador helping educate visitors to The Gentle Barn. These animals with their unconditional love and non-judgmental attitudes play a vital role in the educational mission of the organization. Through hands-on experiences with the animal ambassadors in a safe and supportive environment, school groups, at-risk youth, and special needs children expand their empathy for all living things and learn compassion and confidence from them. This past year, for example, The Gentle Barn hosted at-risk youth from Watts brought in by The Los Angeles Police Department and foster children from the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services. During these visits children were invited to groom the horses, brush the cows, give the pigs tummy rubs, and play with the friendly goats and sheep. The hope is that as the children learn to love and understand the animals, they simultaneously learn to love and understand a part of themselves.
Currently home to 160 animals, The Gentle Barn is a force of good for both animals and people. This unique organization shows that through compassion we can help each other heal and flourish. As you can imagine, this important work comes at a price. Will you please join me in supporting The Gentle Barn and make a donation? Thank you for your consideration.