Ray of Light Farm reaches out for help

By Bonnie Buongiorne - Ray of Light Farm
East Haddam - posted Mon., Aug. 12, 2013
A 12-week-old orphaned foal named Snow is one of the animals cared for at Ray of Light Farm. Courtesy photos. - Contributed Photo

On Saturday, Aug. 3, Ray of Light Farm held a charity wine-tasting evening in hopes of spreading the word about its services. The farm’s plea for help in achieving its goals reached unanticipated levels, drawing more than 200 attendees and such notables as Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman, U.S. Rep. Joe Courtney (D-2), state representatives Melissa Ziobron (R-34) and Tom Vicino (D-35), and First Selectman Mark Walter.

For those who don’t know the farm, it is a large animal rescue and animal-assisted therapy center. For nine years, Ray of Light Farm has dedicated itself to the community, offering programs and events for schools, churches, Special Olympians, and the general public. It has also shepherded over 100 rescued horses, donkeys and other animals, helping them to find their “forever homes,” or keeping them until the right person comes along. They are dedicated to helping people of all ages make a positive connection with life through their animals. They are also dedicated to keeping animals with special needs in good health… people, helping animals, helping people.

Ray of Light Farm needs help now because the lease that is being held for them expires in February 2015, and it is likely that the landlords will sell the property, or at the very least, dramatically change the terms of a new lease. It was made very clear by the statements of the political attendees that losing the presence of Ray of Light Farm in our area would be a huge loss both to East Haddam, and to the surrounding communities.

To learn how you can help, visit the website www.rayoflightfarm.org, become a friend on Facebook, and save the date of Sept. 28th for the ninth annual Silent Auction. The goal of $1.5 million is a steep one, but help has been trickling in and the funds are starting to grow. Your $10 will make a difference!

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