Days End Farm Horse Rescue gala raises $88,860

April 29, 2004

Days End Farm Horse Rescue in Lisbon held a Barn-Raising Gala on April 3 at Avenel Country Club in Potomac and raised $88,860.

"We were kind of tickled," said Allan Schwartz, who, with his wife Kathleen, founded the facility about 15 years ago.

WJLA-TV anchor Gurvir Dhindsa, hostess for the event, spoke about her life with horses and the farm's mission: rescue and rehabilitation of abused and neglected horses.

Guests at the dinner were entertained by Dhindsa; disc jockey Rob Timm; Days End board President Theresa Zseleczky; Nicky Ratliff, executive director of the Humane Society of Carroll County; and the Schwartzes.

FOR THE RECORD - Due to an editing error, an article on Days End Farm Horse Rescue's Barn-Raising Gala in Thursday's Howard County edition of The Sun incorrectly identified television anchor Gurvir Dhindsa. She is an anchor for WUSA-TV in Washington. The Sun regrets the error.

A video created by volunteer Keegan Skipper, 14, offered a tour of the farm and its inhabitants, including before and after pictures of the horses.

A silent auction, a raffle of the table centerpieces, and contributions from donors, advertisers and sponsors brought the total raised for the Days End Farm Fund to almost $150,000.

"We are looking to purchase a new farm ... hopefully in the area," said Allan Schwartz, whose goal is to raise about $500,000. "Currently, we have 45 horses. That can change at a moment's notice. We had, in March alone, almost 10 horses impounded."

The farm works with Maryland animal control facilities and offers training for animal control officers, veterinarians, fire and rescue personnel and individuals.

"Our staff and our volunteers and donors - without them, we wouldn't be where we're at today," Allan Schwartz said.

- Fay Lande

Glenwod library to hold open chess play in May

The Glenwood library, 2350 Route 97, Cooksville, will hold open play for chess enthusiasts of all ages from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. May 6, 13, 20 and 27.

Chess sets will be provided. Registration is not necessary.

The library's Mother-Daughter Book Club, an opportunity for mothers and daughters, ages 13 and older, to spend time together in an informal setting, will discuss The Boy Next Door, by Meggin Cabot, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. May 10.

Books are available at the library.

A master gardener program on "Container Gardening," with Carol McAllister, is planned for 7 p.m. May 17. She will discuss the advantages of container gardening and how to select plants, and offer creative planting ideas.

Registration is requested.

The Parent-Child Book Club, for ages 9 to 12 with a parent, will discuss Ella Enchanted, by Gail Carson Levine, from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. May 18. The Nonfiction Book Club will talk about Dark Star Safari: Overland From Cairo to Cape Town, by Paul Theroux, at 7 p.m. May 19.

Books are available at the branch.

Historian Greg Yaskovich of the Baltimore Civil War Museum will talk about "Our Maryland Civil War Heritage" at 1 p.m. May 22.

Registration is encouraged.

Information: 410-313-5577.

Birth

Delaney Kim: To Craig and Deborah Thompson of West Friendship on April 6.

Around Town

Chess today: Howard County Library Chess Club will hold open play for chess enthusiasts of all ages from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. today at the Glenwood library, 2350 Route 97, Cooksville. 410-313-5577.

Casino night: River Hill High School Boosters will hold Casino Night and Silent Auction at the Oaks from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. tomorrow at Ten Oaks Ballroom in Clarksville. Highlights will include craps, blackjack, roulette and Caribbean poker. Each person will receive $10,000 in play money for gaming. Also planned are dinner with beer, wine, a cash bar, soft drinks, a disc jockey and dancing. Tickets are $45. 410-531-2022.

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