Horse Power with Star Power

text and photos courtesy of Healing Hearts Animal Rescue and Refuge

Top, left: Jill Kimmel and Jason Ruff with Allison and Joe DuBois. Lower, left: Sara Peterson is an auction winner. Right: Maks and Ivy Ciolli.

On May 3, the third annual Horse Power with Star Power fundraiser was held. Generously hosted by Dominick’s Steakhouse, the event proceeds will benefit the Healing Hearts Animal Rescue and Refuge.The nonprofit’s mission is to provide a safe haven for neglected, abandoned or abused animals and promote compassionate and humane treatment for all animals.

Above, left to right: Zenobia Mertel, Tina Majerle, Shannon Barthelemy and Michelle Woodfield.
Attendees enjoyed a meet-and-greet opportunity with Maks, Peta and Val Chmerkovskiy, stars of ABC’s show Dancing with the Stars. Actor and comedian Jill Kimmel served as the evening’s emcee and auctioneer, raising more than $100,000 for the rescued animals of Healing Hearts. For the third consecutive year, Ivy Ciolli served as chairperson. JoEllen and Phil Doornbos and Williams Luxury Homes sponsored the event.
Top, left: Winners of the Dining with the Stars Package, Aida Flamino and Rob Dobos with Maks. Top, right: left to right, Carol Hebets, Yvonne Fedderson and Pat Bondurant. Bottom: left to right, Delainey Culley, Andy Pitts, William Lewis and Taylor Mason.
The fundraiser was held just one day after Healing Hearts assisted in their largest rescue effort on record. More than 20 horses were relinquished from a Phoenix horse owner and brought to the Healing Hearts Ranch for immediate medical, dental and hoof care. After a long-term rehabilitation, the horses will be available for adoption.
Above: left to right, Bob and Pat Bondurant, Peta, Maks and Val with Joey Ciolli.

Healing Hearts is Arizona’s largest nonprofit equine rescue and refuge. Established in 2005, the nonprofit is dedicated to the rescue and rehabilitation of abused and neglected animals by providing  them with care and compassion at their Ranch located in Cave Creek. For more information, visit  : :