'Night of the Stars' to Benefit CKRH

"The Enchanted Garden" is the theme of the June 21 event at Keeneland.

Central Kentucky Riding for Hope has announced details for its "Night of the Stars" fund-raiser June 21 at Keeneland's Keene Barn & Entertainment Center in Lexington.

"The Enchanted Garden" is the theme of the event that features cocktails, dinner, silent and live auctions, and music by Encore.

The highlight is the presentation of CKRH students and horses wearing themed costumes created by volunteer Shirley Gentry. The highest bidder for each horse gains a year's sponsorship of that horse, along with a commemorative photo and plaque.

"This will be the 11th Night of the Stars and those who attend year after year and first-time guests tell us the event is the most unique combination of dining and entertainment they have experienced in the Lexington area," said CKRH executive director Pat Kline in a release. "Night of the Stars showcases CKRH, our horses, our volunteers and our students, and guests go home knowing the program is making a difference in many lives."

Live and silent auction items include travel, artwork and photographs, furniture, Chinese antiques, jewelry, tickets to special events and attractions, halters worn by famous Thoroughbreds, children's clothing and toys, gift certificates to restaurants and businesses, items for equestrians, home and garden items, and a wide range of unique keepsakes.

John Nicholson, retiring executive director of the Kentucky Horse Park, is the honored guest. Doug High, an anchor with television station WTVQ, will serve as emcee. Former University of Kentucky basketball player  Josh "Jorts" Harrellson, currently with the NBA's Detroit Pistons, is the celebrity guest.

Tickets are $125 each, and a variety of sponsorships are available. For more information about sponsorships, reservations and donations to the live and silent auctions, visit www.ckrh.org/nos.

Founded in 1981, CKRH is a nonprofit organization dedicated to enriching the community by improving the quality of life and the health of people of all ages with special physical, cognitive, emotional and social needs through therapeutic activities with the horse.