North Shore Horse Rescue Hosts Second Annual Gala

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Long Island Game Farm Owners to be Honored with Phoenix Award

North Shore Horse Rescue & Sanctuary (NSHR), a local ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) non-profit horse shelter, is hosting its Second Annual Phoenix Award Gala on Friday, March 4 at 7 p.m.This year’s event will honor the Novak Family, owners of the Long Island Game Farm – Wildlife Park & Children’s Zoo (LIGF), for their outstanding work in promoting prevention, health, humane practice and advocacy for all animals. The Novak Family and the NSHR Board of Directors invite all Long Island animal lovers to join them for the event, which is taking place at Giorgio’s, located at 100 Fox Hill Drive in Baiting Hollow, New York.
This Annual Gala aims to raise the additional funds necessary for year-round care of its permanent and fostered horses. The organization also welcomes volunteers of all ages and experience levels, though anyone age 14 to 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian and younger horse lovers may apply to volunteer as part of a group-based day project through youth clubs or school classes.
LIGF President Diane Novak and her daughter Melinda Novak, Vice President of LIGF, are being honored for their animal education efforts through programs at the zoo, as well as for their support of NSHR. “We are truly thrilled to be honored with this recognition and award,” says Melinda Novak. “Everyone at the park works especially hard to inspire educational values for our visitors – young and old – and to maintain the safety and health of our animals. Our interactive experiences, combined with the overall passion of our staff, encourages others to become global citizens and to promote animal welfare. North Shore Horse Rescue is a great example of professional advocacy and we are delighted to receive such an honor.”
Founded by Laurel Palermo and Tom Renzetti in 2002, NSHR began as a small boarding facility known as Gold Rush Farms. The pair rescued their first horse, Phoenix, in 2003 after finding the five-year-old mustang mare pregnant and neglected, which ultimately led to the formation of the 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. NSHR relies solely on its 100 percent volunteer base to operate the facilities each day and support of its continued mission of saving the lives of abandoned, abused and unwanted horses, many of which are up for slaughter. The ultimate mission of the organization is to find loving, informed homes for these gentle giants, while also committing to allowing permanent residents to live out their lives in a safe, stress-free environment. Funded in part by grants from the ASPCA, the farm is also verified by the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries.
The North Shore Horse Rescue’s Second Annual Phoenix Award Gala includes a sit-down dinner, with a cocktail hour and subsequent reception. Dress attire is requested. Tickets to the gala are $95 and currently available through the organization’s donation page or by contacting the farm directly at (631) 334-8258 or Those wishing to order the tickets directly online are asked to include “Annual Gala” and the number of requested tickets in the “Purpose” section of the form.
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