Hors­ing around with Berg­eron for Horses and the Hand­i­capped

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Ron Berg­eron’s Green Glades Ranch in­We­ston will be the set­ting for the third an­nual “WesternNight” cel­e­bra­tion ben­e­fit­ing Horses and the Hand­i­capped of South Florida and hon­or­ing the me­mory of Meg­gan Morency, a young rider fa­tally in­jured 10 years ago in an eques­trian ac­ci­dent.

The event, March 1 from7 to 11 p.m., will fea­ture casino-style en­ter­tain­ment, live mu­sic, buf­fet din­ner, and live and silent auc­tions.

“We’re thrilled to be bring­ing ’WesternNight’ back to the Green Glades Ranch, the per­fect spot for this unique South Florida cel­e­bra­tion,” said Brenda Di Ioia, chair­woman of the plan­ning com­mit­tee. “Last year ev­ery­one really had a great time at the ranch and this year the evening is go­ing to be even big­ger and bet­ter.”

A high­light of “West­ern Night” will be the live auc­tion fea­tur­ing former Mi­ami Dol­phins player and ra­dio per­son­al­ity Joe Rose as auc­tion­eer. Among the items be­ing auc­tioned are an au­to­graphed Tay­lor Swift gui­tar, courtesy of Dan Spears of BMI Mu­sic; four VIP tick­ets to KISS Coun­try’s 2014 Chili Cookoff; and use of a lux­ury suite, which holds 20 peo­ple, at the BB&T Cen­ter.

In ad­di­tion to casino-style en­ter­tain­ment, an­other high­light of the evening will be a live shoot­ing show fea­tur­ing host Ron Berg­eron, this year’s “WesternNight” honorary chair­man.

The An­drew Mor­ris Band and the Baron Sis­ters, a South Florida sib­ling duo, will be pro­vid­ing live mu­si­cal en­ter­tain­ment. The open bar, spon­sored in part by Dis­aronno, will serve the Sig­na­ture “Al­li­ga­tor Ron” bev­er­age pro­vided by Cow­boy’s Saloon in Davie.

“WesternNight” comes just a few weeks af­ter Horses and the Hand­i­capped’s tenth an­nual “Meg­gan Morency Horse Show.” The show, which took place at Horses and the Hand­i­capped’s Vegso Fam­ily Arena, high­lighted the skills of 40 rid­ers.

“Over the years, the ‘Meg­gan Morency Horse Show’ has raised more than $215,000 and ‘WesternNight’ has helped to gen­er­ate more than $80,000,” said Anne Vegso, board chair­woman for Horses and the Hand­i­capped. “We’re ex­tremely grate­ful to Meg­gan’s par­ents, Bob and Vicki Morency, for their sup­port, and to the out­stand­ing event plan­ning com­mit­tee that makes th­ese events pos­si­ble each year.”

Ma­jor spon­sors for both events in­clude: Par­adise Bank, Park­land Auto, Mar­gaux Mir­a­cle Foun­da­tion, the Rick Case Au­to­mo­tive Group and Dis­aronno.

Tick­ets for the “West­ern Night” cel­e­bra­tion are $75 in ad­vance and $100 at the door. For more in­for­ma­tion, visit www.hhsfl.org or call 954-974-2007.

Alyce As­pler, left, Molly Murphy, Mariah Har­ris and Ca­role Al­lums

Thor Bar­r­a­clough with Koda

Anne Vegso, left, Bob Morency and Vicki Morency

Lois Wil­liams, left, and Han­nah Am­brus on Jose

Trent Al­ber, left, and Cassidy Gior­danella

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