Inaugural Rescue Ranch luncheon raises nearly $22K for animal education programs
PHOTO: Rescue Ranch Co-Founder and President Krissie Newman talks with Rescue Ranch Board Member and Helen Woodward Animal Center President Mike Arms at Tuesday's inaugural Rescue Ranch luncheon.
Special to SVLfreenews.com
Nearly 300 members of the Iredell County and NASCAR communities came together Tuesday for the inaugural Rescue Ranch luncheon presented by Randy Marion, raising $21,930 for the nonprofit.
The animal welfare organization promotes respect for all animals through education; is committed to agricultural, environmental and wildlife conservation; and facilitates rehabilitation, rescue and responsible pet ownership in order to enhance the human-animal bond.
Held at Langtree Plantation, the luncheon provided guests with the opportunity to meet some Rescue Ranch’s animal ambassadors and learn more about how they are used in hands-on programs to educate children on the humane treatment of animals and responsible pet ownership.
Rescue Ranch board member Mike Arms and Rescue Ranch Co-Founder and President Krissie Newman addressed the guests and shared how the organization’s mission is fulfilled using its animal ambassadors in programing through field trips, Critter Camps and more.
“For some children who visit the ranch this is his or her first hands-on experience with any animal, much less one a little more exotic like Velvet, a Solomon Island Eclectus Parrot or Stu, a Leopard Gecko,” Newman explained. “Therefore, today was very important because we were able to bring together ongoing supporters, people who had been to the Ranch once or twice, and folks who may not have really understood what or why we do what we do.
“We are so thankful that all of these people would share their lunch hour with us to learn more and open their hearts to what we are doing.” added Newman.
Key sponsors for the Rescue Ranch Luncheon include: Randy Marion, Langtree Plantation and Lake Norman Catering.
About Rescue Ranch
Rescue Ranch is a nonprofit animal welfare organization founded by Krissie Newman and her husband, NASCAR driver Ryan Newman. The 87-acre facility offers school, Scout and camp programs, birthday parties and private tours, which promote humane education through hands-on learning. Rescue Ranch is located in Statesville.