Hundreds Attend Event for Kaeli Kramer Foundation

002 003 004 005 007 008 009 010 012 015 018 019 021 023 024 026 027 029 031 033 035 036 037 (1) 039More than 350 children and adults of all ages attended the Run Wild 5K Walk/Run under sunny skies on Saturday. The backdrop was the Brookhaven Town Ecology Center and the event was held to raise funds to support the Brookhaven Wildlife Center and the Kaeli Kramer Foundation.

The Brookhaven Town Ecology Center provides veterinary care for more than 100 injured and wild or non-releasable four-legged and feathered wild and farm animals who reside at the Holtsville Ecology Site. The Kaeli Kramer Foundation provides refuge for horses and farm animals.  In addition, the Kaeli Kramer Humane Education Center, sited at the Holtsville Ecology and Wildlife Center, brings educational programs to school children and the community-at-large with a goal of creating awareness about the compassionate and responsible treatment of animals. An annual week-long program offers hands-on learning experiences for elementary and middle school students, and features guest speakers, including veterinarians, SPCA officers, shelter dog trainers and wildlife rehabilitators. Further community outreach is provided to schools and colleges, a life-skills and animal care program for developmentally delayed young adults and a sanctuary for horses who have given a lifetime of service. Two former New York City carriage horses have been rescued and reside at the sanctuary.

The Kaeli Kramer Foundation began its relationship with the Town of Brookhaven more than eight years ago following the rescue of two wild Mustangs: Callie and Valor, who now reside permanently at the Holtsville Ecology Site year-round.

This year’s 5K fundraiser was host to a wide array of events including dozens of gift baskets which were raffled to lucky winners, educational animal programs, and face-painting puppet show for children. Dozens of participants in the 5K Run/Walk ranged in ages from, 10 to 70 and older and offered bagels, fruit, health bars and water at the finish line.

To offer a contribution to the Kaeli Kramer Foundation, log on to www.kaelikramerfoundation.org and use PayPal, or, send a check made payable to the Kaeli Kramer Foundation to P.O. Box 1015, Melville, NY  11747.

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