Friday, March 21, 2014

Coalition to Salute America’s Heroes Partners with the Wild for Life Foundation

-FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE-

Wild for Life Foundation
Los Angeles, CA
March 22, 2014
THE COALITION TO SALUTE AMERICA’S HEROES PARTNERS WITH WILD FOR LIFE FOUNDATION TO PROMOTE EQUINE ASSISTED LEARNING PROGRAMS FOR MILITARY VETERANS AND DISADVANTAGED YOUTH 

Los Angeles, CA- The Wild for Life Foundation (WFLF) is pleased to announce a new partnership with the Coalition to Salute America’s Heroes (CSAH) for the upcoming “Charity Spring Benefit Wine Tasting Reception” on Saturday, March 29, 2014 from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in San Diego, CA.  The evening will feature special guest entertainer, famed tenor Anthony Kearns.

Coalition representatives, Corporal Donny Daughenbaugh, U.S. Marine Corps (Ret), the Coalition’s Regional Vice President East and  its national spokesman, and Sergeant Matthew Pennington, U.S. Army (Ret.), who writes the “Matthew Pennington Blog Series” for the Coalition website, will attend the event on behalf of the organization.

“We are thrilled to work with the Coalition to Salute America’s Heroes for this wonderful event to raise funds for our new Wild for Life Foundation Charity Sanctuary & Wellness Center, which is aimed to provide programs with a focus on its community enrichment equine wellness activities, and robust equine assisted programs for disadvantaged youth, active duty military, and veterans and their families,said Katia Louise, Founder, President and Volunteer Executive Director, WFLF. “We are honored to stand together with CSAH to embrace healing through horses.”

"The Coalition to Salute America's Heroes is proud to support WFLF and their extraordinary work to help veterans find healing through horse-assisted therapy. This is a great program that aligns well with our goals of supporting young war-wounded veterans effectively and successfully transition to civilian life,” said David Walker, President and CEO of the Coalition.

Walker said that Corporal Daughenbaugh and Sergeant Pennington are uniquely suited to represent the Coalition.  As a National spokesperson, Daughenbaugh has served as an inspiration to other veterans through his story of resilience. Daughenbaugh lives with a bullet lodged at the base of his skull near his brain, the result of being shot in the face while on night foot patrol with his patrol in Mahmoudiyah, Iraq.

Pennington has also taken his message of struggle and survival to other veterans, and also to medical practitioners who are refining methods for dealing with injured veterans, especially those with PTSD. Besides writing for the Coalition, Pennington was featured in a New York University documentary, “A Marine’s Guide to Fishing,” about a wounded veteran struggling to readjust to civilian life.

The new facilities programs will align with the EAGALA Military Services Designation (MSD) to be managed by the WFLF BOD, including Rob Pliskin, MSSA, LSW, an EAGALA Dual Certified Professional, who has been gentling wild horses for over 15 years. Pliskin will also attend the event. 

The event will feature an exclusive live auction with custom artwork donated by one of the Nation’s most famous living artists, Peter Max, who is also a pop culture icon. Mr. Max has painted for six U.S. Presidents, and his art is on display in Presidential Libraries and U.S. Embassies.

Tickets are $125 per person. RSVP online through the WFLF website. Reservations are limited. For questions and additional information, contact 310.439.9817 or email.

The Coalition, a leading not-for-profit organization dedicated to rebuilding the lives of severely wounded veterans of the War on Terror, was recently a part of a successful event on March 1, 2014 at the new, equine-inspired Salamander Resort & Spa in Middleburg, VA, located amidst Virginia’s wine and horse country. The event was a stirring tribute to U.S. military and their families, and featured Kearns as the headliner. Famed steeplechase jockey, Sean Clancy, who became the 10th highest winner of all time upon his retirement in 2000, was the evening’s emcee.  Among other projects, The Coalition is a proud supporter of the Horses Helping Heroes Project to fund equine-assisted activities for wounded veterans in Virginia.

The Wild for Life Foundation (WFLF) is a 501 (c)(3) U.S. registered tax exempt nonprofit charity. The WFLF has been at the forefront of efforts to rescue and provide safe harbor for at risk animals, providing the space, natural habitat and quality of care which they deserve. The WFLF is also dedicated to promoting community enrichment equine wellness activities, and robust equine assisted programs for disadvantaged youth, active duty military, and veterans and their families through the healing power of horses.  www.WildforlifeFoundation.org, https://twitter.com/savingamehorses, https://www.facebook.com/WildforLifeFoundation, @savingamehorses #savingamehorses

The Coalition to Salute America’s Heroes, based in Leesburg, VA, has provided an invaluable lifeline to thousands of America’s wounded veterans since its establishment in 2004. The Coalition is distinguished from other veteran-focused organizations by its direct financial assistance to America’s wounded heroes. Its Emergency Financial Aid program has stopped foreclosure proceedings on veterans’ homes and kept their vehicles from being repossessed. The organization regularly provides gift checks to cover meals, medical and utility bills, clothing, car repairs and even baby diapers. To learn how to support its mission, visit www.saluteheroes.org, www.facebook.com/SaluteHeroes, @SaluteHeroes.

Contact:
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Thursday, March 20, 2014

World-renowned Tenor Anthony Kearns to Headline Wild for Life Foundation’s Charity Spring Benefit


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NEWS RELEASE
Tenor Anthony Kearns to Headline Wild for Life Foundation’s Charity Spring Benefit Wine Tasting Reception on Saturday, March 29, 2014 in San Diego, CA
Benefit to “Celebrate Life, Horses and Healing and Honor our Veterans” with Honorary Co-Chair, Actor Ken Wahl, and other special guests

SAN DIEGO, CA – World-renowned Tenor Anthony Kearns will be the featured entertainer at the exclusive “Charity Spring Benefit Wine Tasting Reception” hosted by the Wild for Life Foundation (WFLF), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charity dedicated to protecting, saving and preserving wild and domestic equines, on March 29, 2014 from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in San Diego, CA. The organization also is dedicated to “enhancing human life, especially foster children and military veterans suffering from the invisible wounds of war through the healing power of horses.”

Katia Louise, Founder, President and Volunteer Executive Director of WFLF, said: “We’re honored that the immensely talented Mr. Anthony Kearns can join us to be our evening’s featured entertainer. It is going to be an exquisite evening to raise funds for our new Wild for Life Foundation Charity Sanctuary & Wellness Center, which will provide programs with a focus on its community enrichment equine wellness activities; robust equine assisted programs for disadvantaged youth, active duty military, and veterans and their families; and proven equine assisted coaching for organizations.” The new facilities will align with the EAGALA Military Services Designation (MSD) and will be managed by the WFLF BOD and Rob Pliskin, MSSA, LSW, an EAGALA Dual Certified Professional, who has been gentling wild horses for over 15 years. Pliskin will also attend the event.


“Coming from Ireland, where horses are so much a part of our culture, it gives me great pleasure to lend my voice to support worthy causes that protect horses and promote healing for those in need through horse-assisted therapy,” said Kearns. Kearns, who recently released a new solo CD (“With a Song in My Heart”), is a founding member of the singing sensation, The Irish Tenors – one of PBS’ most popular acts of all time.

Mr. Kearns will perform as part of the evening program and he will be available afterwards for a special meet-and-greet. "Anthony Kearns’ powerful voice will add a beautiful dimension to an evening dedicated to uniting horses and heroes in healing,” said Kirsten Fedewa, Kearns' publicist.

Kearns, who also has a robust international solo career, has become a favorite among the U.S. military and military service organizations. Last year, he performed as the guest of General Martin Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, in tribute to Medal of Honor recipients and at the World War II Memorial to honor the nation's "Greatest Generation." In 2012, he a featured guest entertainer in the PBS Special, “America’s Veterans: A Musical Tribute,” with the U.S. Air Force Band. Last year, he opened the televised National Memorial Day Parade program – the nation’s largest – in the U.S. capital.


The event will feature an exclusive live auction with custom artwork donated by one of the Nation’s famous living artists, most Peter Max, who is also a pop culture icon. Mr. Max has painted for six U.S. Presidents, and his art is on display in Presidential Libraries and U.S. Embassies.

Ms. Louise said that the reception will be “an exquisite sensory experience” with “a fabulous fusion du jour of hors d’oeuvres paired with hand-selected fine wines.” The Morningstar Foundation will provide an inspiring Native American cultural component to the program.


The reception on March 29th will be hosted by: Lisa and Scott Harris, Patent Attorney at Law Office of Scott C Harris, Linda Harris, Director of Ambassadors for Compassion; and prominent equine law attorney, Bing Bush, Jr. at the Law Offices of Bing I. Bush, Jr. Other event sponsors include the
Coalition to Salute America’s Heroes and the American Association of Equine Sports Preservation.

In addition, Actor Ken Wahl, who is best known for his Golden Globe award-winning lead role in the hit television series, Wiseguy, is the evening’s Honorary Co-Chairman. Sean Kelly, a popular standup comedian and a Desert Storm veteran will be the event’s emcee and auctioneer. Other high level guests will include Wildlife Ecologist and Wild Horse Expert, Craig Downer, members of the horse and entertainment industry, Native American council members, U.S. governmental representatives, and others. In addition, active and retired military from Camp Pendleton involved in the program will attend.

Tickets are $125 per person. Reservations are limited. For questions and ticket information, contact 310.439.9817310.439.9817 or email gala@wildforlifefoundation.org.

ABOUT ANTHONY KEARNS: Anthony Kearns first took the American television audience by storm in 1999 as the youngest member of The Irish Tenors, with whom he has five PBS Specials and 10 CDs. His solo career includes concerts, high-profile celebrity engagements, major television appearances, operas, and collaborations with some of the world's most renowned orchestras. Among his achievements, he has had the honor to perform for three U.S. Presidents. In fall 2013, Kearns released his first solo album, “With a Song in My Heart.” www.anthonykearnsmusic.com

ABOUT PETER MAX: One of the nation’s most famous living artists, Peter Max is also a pop culture icon. His bold colors, uplifting images and uncommon artistic diversity have touched almost every phase of American culture and inspired many generations. He has painted for six U.S. Presidents, and his art is on display in Presidential Libraries and U.S. Embassies. From art that appeared on the first U.S. 10-cent stamp bearing the title “Preserve the Environment,” to 235 U.S. Border murals greeting millions of people entering America each year, Mr. Max seeks to capture themes of America at its finest in his art. www.petermax.com

ABOUT THE WILD FOR LIFE FOUNDATION: The Wild for Life Foundation (WFLF) is a 501 (c)(3) U.S. registered tax exempt nonprofit charity. The WFLF has been at the forefront of efforts to rescue and provide safe harbor for at risk animals, providing the space, natural habitat and quality of care which they deserve. The WFLF’ aim is to provide charitable equine assisted learning activities together with equine-therapy programs to aid youth and adults in building positive life skills. The WFLF is internationally recognized as a leader in animal welfare -- among our greatest concerns are imperiled wild horses and burros, abused, neglected and slaughter bound wild and domestic equines, and inadequate standards of protection for America’s equine population as a whole. The WFLF promotes the preservation of natural ecosystems, wildlife and the prevention of cruelty to animals. We strive to preserve and celebrate Native heritage and cultures through embracing harmonious relationships among people, animals and nature. The WFLF is achieving these goals through operating equine rescue, sanctuary, education and wellness programs which provide community enrichment through fostering symbiotic environmental stewardship and a healing partnership with horses. www.wildforlifefoundation.org.

CONTACTS: Katia Louise, Founder, President, Wild For Life Foundation, admin@wildforlifefoundation.org / Tel: (310) 439-9817(310) 439-9817
Kirsten Fedewa, Agent/ Publicist, Tenor Anthony Kearns
inquiry@fedewaconsulting.com/ Tel: (202) 365-6936(202) 365-6936
www.anthonykearnsmusic.com
Liz Derringer, Publicist, Peter Max Studio, Derringer Media LLC
Liz@derringermedia.com/ Tel: (212) 874-6700(212) 874-6700
www.petermax.com

Monday, March 17, 2014

Famed Artist Peter Max To Donate Art Work To The Wild For Life Foundation Charity, to benefit Equine Sanctuary

- BREAKING NEWS -

Famed Artist Peter Max To Donate Artwork To The Wild For Life Foundation Charity, to benefit Equine Sanctuary - Uniting People and Horses as Partners in Healing

March 18, 2014, San Diego, CA -- The Wild for Life Foundation, a charitable foundation that has been at
the forefront of efforts to rescue and provide safe harbor for at risk wild and domestic equines, and strives to provide equine assisted learning activities along with equine wellness and therapy programs to aid youth, active duty military and veterans, and others in need, today announced that famed artist and pop culture icon, Peter Max, will donate art work to be auctioned off in a live auction at the Foundation’s Spring Benefit Reception on Saturday, March 29, 2014 in Rancho Santa Fe, CA.

Mr. Max’s history with the Wild For Life Foundation (WFLF) dates back to 2011, during the production of the acclaimed documentary film, SAVING AMERICA’S
HORSES: A NATION BETRAYED, when Max first donated the image of BOBBY 11 FREEDOM, a rescued New York Carriage Horse that was days from slaughter. The image of the portrait was forever immortalized through WFLF’s international award winning film, “Saving America’s Horses: A National Betrayed.

“I am so thankful that my art could be used in saving even one horse from any kind of cruelty. I am sincerely proud to have been a part of this great movie,” Mr. Max said. “When the powerful and brilliant exposé, SAVING AMERICA’S HORSES, came to NYC, I learned that thousands of healthy vibrant horses are disappearing and suffering from criminal animal cruelty. This exposé has everything it takes to educate, engage and empower the public to effect social change but distribution is extremely expensive, resources are few, and there is limited funding,” says Max. “WFLF rescue workers are working around the clock to break the cycle of animal cruelty for America’s horses and
they need our help.”

One of the nation’s most famous living artists, Peter Max is also a pop culture icon. His bold colors, uplifting images and uncommon artistic diversity have touched almost every phase of American culture and inspired many generations. He has painted for six U.S. Presidents, and his art is on display in Presidential Libraries and U.S. Embassies. From art that appeared on the first U.S. 10-cent stamp bearing the title “Preserve the Environment,” to 235 U.S. Border murals greeting millions of people entering America each year, Mr. Max seeks to capture themes of America at its finest in his art.

“We are truly grateful for Peter Max’s support of the Foundation,” said Katia Louise, president and founder. “Peter is truly one of the world’s most talented artists whose philanthropic generosity has helped so many important causes. We are thrilled to offer this special opportunity for others who will be able to own a signature painting by PETER MAX of themselves or their horse or even of their family and their horse together! It is wonderful to reconnect with Peter in a way that will help more lives to be saved.”

The Wild for Life Foundation (WFLF) is a 501 (c)(3) U.S. registered tax exempt nonprofit charity that has been at the forefront of efforts to rescue and provide safe harbor for at risk animals, providing the space, natural habitat and quality of care which they deserve. The WFLF’ aim is to provide charitable equine assisted learning activities together with equine-therapy programs to aid youth and adults in building positive life skills. The WFLF is internationally recognized as a leader in animal welfare -- among our greatest concerns are imperiled wild horses and burros, abused, neglected and slaughter bound wild and domestic equines, and inadequate standards of protection for America’s equine population as a whole. The WFLF promotes the preservation of natural ecosystems, wildlife and the prevention of cruelty to animals. We strive to preserve and celebrate Native heritage and cultures through embracing harmonious relationships among people, animals and nature. The WFLF is achieving these goals through operating equine rescue, sanctuary, education and wellness programs which provide community enrichment through fostering symbiotic environmental stewardship and a healing partnership with horses.

Details about the Wild for Life Foundation and the Spring Benefit Reception on March 29, 2014 are available online at www.WildForLifeFoundation.org

LOS ANGELES, CA
WILD FOR LIFE FOUNDATION
Contact: 310.439.9817
Email

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Save the Date! Celebrating Life, Horses and Healing

Save the date!
 
Wild for Life Foundation’s Spring Benefit Reception 2014
to benefit U.S. Veterans, Youth and Horses
Step into an exquisite sensory experience, including a fabulous fusion du jour of hors d’oeuvres paired with hand-selected fine wines and a private inspirational musical performance.
WHEN: Saturday, March 29, 2014 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

WHERE: Private residence in Rancho Santa Fe, California


Kick off to Spring and private charity fundraising reception for a new Equine Sanctuary and Educational Center in North County San Diego, California. The facilities will provide community enrichment equine wellness activities together with robust equine-therapy programs for active duty military and veterans struggling with war trauma and other disabilities. 

APPEARANCES AND CO-CHAIRS:
Ken Wahl, Honorary Co-Chair, Golden Globe Winner
 
Katia Louise, D.Arts/D.A., Director, Filmmaker
Bing Bush, Jr., Equine Law Attorney
 

Linda Harris, M.A. Education, Youth Programs, Special Ed
Sean Kelly, Comedian/ Emcee, and Desert Storm vet
Craig Downer, Wildlife Ecologist, author and Wild Horse Expert
Daniel Ramos, Navajo Spiritual Leader, FCSW, LADCFS
Rob Pliskin, MSSA, LSW, CDCA, EAGALA Dual Certified Educator 


ABOUT:
The Wild for Life Foundation (WFLF) is a 501 (c)(3) volunteer based U.S. registered tax exempt nonprofit charity dedicated to elevating life and healing through community enrichment and social engagement. We are focused on building compassion and positive life skills through a range of wellness and educational programs that respond to the needs of a healthy community. WFLF promotes the preservation of natural ecosystems, wildlife and the prevention of cruelty to animals. We are dedicated to providing lifesaving rescue and sanctuary for abused, neglected and slaughter bound equines; preserving and protecting wild horses and burros; and informing, inspiring, and empowering the public through cultural visual arts education for the prevention of equine cruelty. We strive to preserve and celebrate Native heritage and cultures through embracing harmonious relationships among people, animals and nature as a collective whole.  Federal ID No. 26-3052458

www.WildForLifeFoundation.org