Gwen Donates To Raise Funds For Autistic Children

Free Press Release — For the fourth consecutive year, Moonshadow Ranch located in the equine community of Shadow Hills just a few miles northeast of Los Angeles will hold its annual Special Spirit Fundraising event, benefiting their equine therapeutic riding program for autistic children on Saturday, June 25th, 2011, from 4pm to 9pm.

This year the event not only secured Victorious star Mikey Reid as a host for the first time, but welcomes last year’s co-hosts Ken Davitian (Borat) and Romi Dames (Hannah Montana) back to join Joe Keegan as master of ceremonies.

While donated auction items in the past included highly desired items such as a Daisy Rock Guitar, ESP Guitar and tickets for ten to the Playboy Mansion, this year adds an extra touch of celebrity to the auction tables. Rockers Gwen Stefani, Alanis Morissette, Tracy Chapman, Rod Stewart, REM, Hootie and the Blowfish, and Rage Against the Machine’s Chris Cornell all donated signed items for the cause. A total of 300 auction items will be available for lucky bidders, ranging from Dodger tickets, to hotel stays, jewelry, art work, gift certificates to local businesses and restaurants, TV show artifacts and even an iPad.

Last year’s event raised enough money to expand the therapeutic program to include able-bodied siblings and other riders. An additional instructor and three additional horses were also the result of the fundraising efforts. “I am so excited that we can provide older horses a job with a light work load and the kids just love them,” said Special Spirit Inc. treasurer and owner of Moonshadow Ranch Eva Lund, “We had 11 students last year, and now we have more than 35! Hopefully after this year’s fundraiser, we can add a permanent arena cover to protect the kids from the sun and start paying the volunteer based instructors.”

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