On a warm evening in Wellington, FL an eclectically beautiful crowd gathered at Idlewild Furnishings for one of the most highly anticipated events of the equestrian season. On February 24th, guests had what many described as a “once in a lifetime experience” at CANA Foundation’s 2nd Annual “Don’t be Idle… Get WILD!” charity celebration. The evening was hosted in honor, reverence, and support for the value, importance, and connection between America’s wild horses, Native Communities, and our precious public rangelands.
Guests mixed and mingled with the dynamic hosts for the evening: Steve Israel, a 16-year veteran of the U.S. House of Representatives and renowned actor and activist, Moses Brings Plenty. Both work with CANA Foundation and represent the movement to #rewildOurWorld. There are currently over 50,000 wild horses being held in Bureau of Land Management holding facilities throughout the country.
Although protected by an act of Congress in 1971, these horses are forcibly and traumatically removed in favor of agribusiness and other big business interests. CANA Foundation works to rewild these horses on native lands; which spiritually, culturally, ecologically, and economically restores both the land and its people. The goal for the evening was to bring a diverse group of people together to understand the importance of freeing wild horses and overall, how that translates to freeing our humanity.
“I was incredibly impressed by the size and energy of the crowd. My sense was that people came with many different political viewpoints but shared common ground on how senseless it is for the federal government to round up and keep tens of thousands of horses in captivity. In fact, you can’t get more diverse than a New York politician named Israel and a Lakota tribal activist named Moses Brings Plenty. But standing next to Mo, and fighting to rescue those horses and rewild them on native lands was a great honor. Now the next step will be to raise the funds to adopt the horses and transport them to native lands. That’s good for horses, habitat, humanity, and also for the taxpayer.” said Steve Israel, current CNN personality and CANA Foundation special advisor.
The evening’s rewilding experience began with a viewing of the Foundation’s cinematic-quality video that held interviews of people from different tribal affiliations explaining the spiritual and emotional importance of the horse to them and how America’s wild horse roundups are affecting their nations as a whole. The video was filmed at Standing Rock, SD and the Nokota Horse Sanctuary in North Dakota and features Moses Brings Plenty speaking about CANA Foundation’s mission to rewild our horses, habitats, and humanity.
The PSA then transitioned to the world debut of the Foundation’s inspirational and visually stunning new music video, “Run Free (Tonight)” by Will Strongheart and Jamie LeRose. Finally, the experience turned truly wild with a Native American dance exhibition by Ravenswing Productions. Known for their Northern Traditional style of dance, the dancers interacted with all of the guests by teaching them a well-known traditional dance. This united our guests in a heartfelt way in which the interest, passion, energy, and enjoyment amongst the crowd was apparent.
An event unlike any other, guests enjoyed an evening outside the confines of traditional charity benefits. Held at the exquisite Idlewild Furnishings, fine purveyors of reclaimed and repurposed Indonesian wood, the ambiance held a natural, eco-chic vibe with plush daybeds, lounge chairs, and open fire pits. Farm to table cocktails and fare were provided by the Wellington Hospitality Group and guests had the chance to sip on Wölffer Estate Vineyard’s new release of their exquisite Finca Wölffer Rosé, made from fruit grown in their vineyard in Medoza, Argentina.
Unique silent auction items were on display during the evening including biodynamic Zenbunni chocolate, CWD equestrian tack, Naturally Considerate skincare products, and a wide variety of native jewelry and accessories. The teak walls of the venue were draped in wild horse photography by the award-winning Carol Walker as well as one-of-a-kind artwork by renowned contemporary indigenous artist Gregg Deal. All sales for the evening went to support the rewilding initiatives at CANA Foundation.
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Thanks for the presence of all who came to the event, donated, or volunteered their time for the evening, CANA Foundation was able to generate the much-needed awareness, support, and funds required to rewild horses onto native lands. There is no better place than Wellington, FL; the show jumping, polo, dressage, and general equestrian capital of the world; to show support for our horse nation who does so much for all of us.
Photos courtesy of Wayne Lefkowitz.
About CANA Foundation: CANA Foundation’s mission is to responsibly restore an ecological balance in our environment through specific rewilding initiatives. These projects support harmony between the humans, plants, and animals that inhabit U.S. rangelands and focus on the restoration of our land’s native habitats through natural resources and indigenous species, like America’s wild horses. CANA initiatives work towards long-term, sustainable solutions that prevent further land degradation, protect and preserve wild horse populations, and encourage a beneficial, thriving ecosystem for today and tomorrow.
CANA Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization. Donations are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law. Please contact your CPA for specific tax guidance.
Contact CANA Foundation: PO Box 674, Locust Valley, NY 11560 or firstname.lastname@example.org