Carmel teen organizes benefit for shelter horses

Posted Jan. 12, 2009, at 9:22 p.m.

CARMEL, Maine — Last fall, 16-year-old Mary Ricker read in the Bangor Daily News that Maine’s horse shelters were in desperate straits.

Overwhelmed by horses being brought in by owners who no longer could afford to keep them, the shelters were asking the public for help — either by adopting horses or providing hay or donations.

“I read the story and I just felt like I needed to do something,” she said. “I know how expensive it can be to keep a horse.”

Ricker began organizing a benefit spaghetti supper. She contacted Shop ’n Save and the Carmel Village Market for donations. “They have been wonderful, awesome,” she said.

She convinced the Carmel Elementary School lunch cooks to make the meal and got friends and family to help serve and clean up.

“I can’t think of a better cause,” Ricker said.

The shelter that Ricker chose to benefit is Last Chance Ranch in Troy, one of the shelters featured in the BDN article.

The benefit is set for 5:30 to 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 30, at Carmel Elementary School. “The dinner is spaghetti, meatballs, rolls, dessert and a drink,” Ricker said. The charge is $5 for adults, $3 for children.

A second benefit for Last Chance Ranch is set for 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 31, at the Unity Centre for the Performing Arts in Unity. The Travis Lloyd Band is offering a free concert. Donations will be accepted and there will be pie and coffee after the concert.

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