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Live Auction at EQUUS Foundation "Blast From The Past" Block Party

WESTPORT, CT - June 1, 2009 -- Guests at the Blast From the Past Block Party at the Ox Ridge Hunt Club in Darien, Connecticut, on Saturday, June 6th, at 7pm, will be able to bid on some unique live auction items. Reservations for the event will continue to be accepted through Thursday, June 4th. Items include:

For the athletically-inclined, the Callari Auto Group is offering two BMW Trail Bikes, a MINI Picnic Basket with blanket, wine cooler, and knapsack, and two bottles of wine to enjoy on a picnic for six by Michael Josephs Catering of Darien.

Ski, hike, golf, swim, play tennis? This is all available during your one week vacation in a condo that accommodates eight people near the base of Stratton Mountain.Feeling Down? Saddle Up. The Ox Ridge Hunt Club is providing ten horseback riding lessons and Bevals Saddlery Ltd. is providing a gift certificate for your riding attire.

The Callari Auto Group, The Wine Port of Darien and James Daniel Entertainment are offering a Boys Night Out For Six Guys! Pick a Friday Evening between now and August 20th to test drive the latest models of Callari Auto Groups BMWs, Volvos, and MINIs at BMW of Darien, followed by some man food, port from The Wine Port of Darien, cigars, and a game of Black Jack hosted by James Daniel Entertainment.

Four orchestra tickets to the 2006 Tony Award Winner for Best Musical, The Jersey Boys, about the story of Franki Valli and The Four Seasons on Saturday evening July 11, 2009.

Parents can step up to the challenge and knock your kid's socks off with their very own BMW M6 Kids Car, a single seater convertible featuring an electric horn and speedometer with a top speed of 3 mph. Also included, a Volvo Duffle Bag, Galler Watercolor Pencil set and a huggable MINI bulldog.

Bradford Renaissance Portraits is donating a 20" Renaissance-style portrait taken by renowned photographer Bradford Rowley in his New York Studio. The portrait may be of a family or individual., but no pets. Widely recognized as one of the top portrait artists in the world today, Bradford Rowley's portraits of distinction can be seen in many of the most luxurious homes throughout North America as well as abroad.

Shopping Spree Gamble - Win a chance for a gift certificate to the Darien Sport Shop ranging from $25 to $500. Youre a guaranteed winner with a $20 donation to The EQUUS Foundation.

The Callari Auto Group is hosting the Blast From The Past Block Party to benefit The EQUUS Foundation, a 501(c) (3) national charitable foundation, that has awarded over $1.1 million in grants since 2003 to charities that that use the horse to benefit the public, promote horse welfare, and elevate the equestrian sport. This has been accomplished almost entirely from event attendance. Event and auction proceeds from the Block Party will directly benefit EQUUS charities based in Connecticut and Westchester County.

Local businesses in Darien and the surrounding communities have also rallied support for the event, including the Ox Ridge Hunt Club, Media Sponsor New Canaan-Darien Magazine & Moffly Media, Darien Sport Shop, Lucky Lawn, Inc., Michael Josephs Catering, ONeills Restaurant & Pub, James Daniel Entertainment, Beval Saddlery, Ltd., Palmers Market, Nielsens Florist & Garden Shop, The Wine Port of Darien and the Darien Chamber of Commerce.

Chaired by Flavia Callari and Julie Frank, the event on the Ox Ridge show grounds the weekend preceding the start of the Ox Ridge Horse Show, June 9-14, 2009, will include a reception, dinner, video show, live auction and dancing. Individual seats for the Block Party are $175 per person. Tables of ten are available to $5,000 Gold Medal Sponsors, $3,500 Silver Medal Sponsors and $2,500 Bronze Medal Sponsors. Donations are tax deductible to the full extent of the law.

To attend the Block Party, please contact The EQUUS Foundation, Inc., by phone (203) 259-1550, by email at equus@equusfoundation.org, or R.S.V.P. online at http://www.equusfoundation.org. Reservations close Thursday, June 4, 2009.

About The EQUUS Foundation, Inc.

The EQUUS Foundation, Inc., established in August 2002, as a 501(c)(3) national charitable foundation, seeks to raise public awareness of the value of the horse in society through education and the award of grants to charities that use the horse to benefit the public, promote the health and welfare of horses, and elevate the equestrian sport as a whole.The Foundation is governed by a Board of Directors, which is responsible for the selection of the grant recipients. The Board includes: Jenny Belknap, Chairman, Catherine Herman, Vice Chairman, David T. Goodwin, Secretary/Treasurer, Lynn Coakley, President, Pamela Allardice, Margaret Bondy, Flavia Callari, David Distler, Gray Fadden, Julie Frank, Richard Mitchell DVM, James Newhouse, Clea Newman Soderlund, George N. Venizelos, and Visse Wedell.

Thanks to the generosity of its donors, The EQUUS Foundation helps thousands of people and horses each year. Over $300,000 in grants were awarded to 50 charities in 2008, bringing the total to over $1.1 million in grants since the first awards in 2003. Donations are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law. Contact The EQUUS Foundation, Inc., at 168 Long Lots Road, Westport, CT 06880, Tele: (203) 259-1550, equus@equusfoundation.org, http://www.equusfoundation.org.


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