Carousel Riders Raise $55K for Equine Therapy Program

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Tom & Nancy Wilson with Newport Beach resident Dale Skiles - a board member of Festival of Children Foundation.
Carousel1: Sandy Segerstrom Daniels and the night’s emcee Michele Gile get ready for a night of fun fundraising.

The Festival of Children Foundation enlisted South Coast Plaza’s carousel as a fundraising machine for two Orange County nonprofit organizations that specialize in providing equine therapy programs for kids:  The Shea Center for Therapeutic Riding and  Mustard Seed Ranch.

More than 100 attendees cheered the 20-plus riders as they went round and round and up and down on the carousel armed only with their cell phones, raising $54,631 for the therapeutic horse-related programs.

The new Microsoft Store at South Coast Plaza provided laptops with Internet access so guests could donate online during the event at

Participants stayed on the carousel until they each raised at least $500, with many of the riders far exceeding that goal. All of the funds raised will go directly to the equine therapy organizations.

Beverly Morgan checks out the corral of pony balloons which were given to all the children in attendance.


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