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Actor Paul Sorvino Auctions Vintage Steinway on eBay to Help Rescue Horses From Slaughter

GLENVILLE, PENNSYLVANIA – Paul Sorvino, pianist and actor who played the mob patriarch Paul Cicero in the 1990 hit film “Goodfellas” is auctioning off an extremely valuable 1939 Steinway Grand piano to help prevent the needless slaughter of horses to be eaten in foreign restaurants.

Sorvino, an animal lover all his life, feels so strongly about halting the slaughter of beautiful horses to be butchered for horsemeat that he is donating his beloved 1939 vintage Steinway Grand Piano Model-A to help save slaughter-bound horses.

Sorvino has owned the piano, insured for $100,000, for the past two decades. The eBay auction ends Sunday, March 16. The piano was completely restored 10 years ago with a new sound board, strings, pin block and Renner action. The Steinway, which has a beautiful French polish walnut finish, has just had a complete action renovation, including new hammers, by master piano technician Chris Solliday. The piano comes with a wood bench and an upholstered Steinway adjustable bench.

The sale on eBay ( http://cgi.eBay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=220209826704 ) will benefit the horses at two rescues located in Pennsylvania – the Gray Dapple Thoroughbred Assistance Program, operated by daughter Amanda Sorvino, http://www.graydapple.org and Angel Acres Horse Haven operated by Jo Deibel. http://www.saveahorsenow.org

Deibel and Sorvino’s daughter are active in raising public awareness of horse slaughter. Recently horse slaughter plants in the US were closed down, but it remains critical to push through federal legislation that will prevent the transportation of horses for slaughter to Mexico and Canada where horses are processed into horsemeat for sale in Asia, France and Belgium.

Amanda Sorvino, is an ex-hunter/jumper equestrian and student of the acclaimed Gary Zook and the #1 fan of gray dapple thoroughbreds. "I just love gray dapples," explains Amanda. "They are magical, beautiful, and impressionistic. They resemble fairy tale horses and unicorns."

Deibel specializes in rescuing retired thoroughbreds whose trainers, unbeknownst to the owners, often auction off retired race horses to kill buyers acting as agents for meat processing plants. Deibel feeds and cares for the horses until they can be adopted.

Deibel is President of Angel Acres Horse Haven Rescue, Inc. of Glenville, Pennsylvania. Angel Acres, is a non-profit organization which feeds and cares for the rescued thoroughbreds until they are adopted.

“We are very grateful for the support of Paul Sorvino who is giving up the piano he loves so much to raise funds to help stop the auction of horses to kill buyers,” says Deibel. “I am encouraged to continue on in my rescue efforts because of the wonderful support from Mr. Sorvino and others.”


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