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Dance academy to host horse rescue fundraiser

By Staff | Apr 13, 2013

The Rhythm in Motion Dance Academy will host its “Have a Heart for the Horses” event to benefit the Ohana Horse Rescue today.

There is a $5 donation for the event, and kicks off Saturday with a garage sale from noon to 6 p.m.

The actual event goes from 2 to 7 p.m. and will feature food, fashion, a talent contest and a silent auction.

Donaji Hicks, who is organizing the event, said the idea came from her state pageant director, Suzi Hosfeld.

“She met Carrie Young, who started the horse rescue, and Suzi is an animal lover, and when she saw all the good work she was doing, she decided to do this,” Hicks said.

All proceeds go to the Ohana Horse rescue of Brooksville. Its mission, since 2007, has been to help horses in need.

The rescues come from owners, the Sheriff’s Department, and Animal Control and provide unwanted and neglected horses with love, food, shelter and medical attention, Hicks said.

Among the events will be a Western wear contest for those who really want to “cowgirl up” for a $10 entry fee. Guys, ladies and kids are invited.

Hicks is also expected to have a fashion show with evening wear, along with several vendors and food.

Also, there will be a talent contest, where for $15 you can sing, dance, tell jokes, or whatever. You get to perform two times, with prizes for the winners.

The silent auction is expected to have items such as photo shoots, Spada gift baskets, jewelry, Pilates lessons, and other things.

“We want to help this woman out. She doesn’t get any stipend from the government and she’s only one person trying to help,” Hicks said. “For anyone with a heart for abused and neglected animals, that’s what it’s all about.”

Rhythm in Motion Dance Academy is at 3333 Del Prado Boulevard.

For more information, contact Tarrita Brown at 281-2420 or Hicks at 549-2111.