Monday, October 13, 2008


I have been very busy as of late helping my friends at the Coalition to Ban Horse-Drawn Carriages with their fund raiser, which is tomorrow, October 14th. I hope you can make it. They are a very hard working all volunteer group that is making a difference with this issue. Before they began, there had been no discussion about how inhumane this industry is since maybe 1994.

When I found out that their first choice of venue caved into pressure from the carriage industry and canceled their benefit, I went to work to find another place for them. I never liked the first restaurant anyway. It was an odd space ... much too cramped for their needs. So I called my friends at Mantra and voila! a new venue. And these folks are very supportive of this cause.

So here it is:

Date: Tuesday October 14, 2007
Time: 6PM to 10PM
Where: Mantra986 at 986 Second Avenue between 52nd and 53rd St. - 2nd floor
Tickets: $30 if you pay on line. And $40 at the door. A great deal for great talent and great vegan food from the finest restaurants in New York City ..... and a great cause!!

Their invitation reads: "The Coalition to Ban Horse-Drawn Carriages is hosting its second fund- raising party at Mantra986 on Second Avenue in Manhattan to benefit the Coalition's mission of abolishing the inhumane carriage horse industry in New York City. Please join us for an enjoyable and fun-filled evening as we celebrate our accomplishments and raise money to help continue our campaign efforts. And please check out our online Silent Auction catalog. "

Council Member Tony Avella will be a special guest. Donny Moss, director of "Blinders:the truth behind the tradition" will speak about the making of his film. Entertainment includes Fiona Walsh, Irish comic and animal activist who will be the MC; singers Joy Askew and Nellie McKay and comics Ann Design and Liam McNeaney.

"The party will feature an enticing array of vegan hors d'oeuvres from Blossom, Candle 79, Caravan of Dreams, Franchia, Mantra 986, Pongol, Streit's Bakery, VP2, VSpot, Wendy Berkovits Vegan Chef, Whole Earth Bakery and Zen Palate -- a cash bar, and a silent auction of appealing and interesting items to be sold to the highest bidder. All proceeds will support the Coalition's various campaigns aimed at ending the suffering of the carriage horse. "

See you there! Let's Party!

BTW - the horse above is Big Boy Teddy. He is a rescued carriage horses now living in Massachusetts. He is one happy, heel kicking boy.