Independent/Courtesy Chris Court

There was the sound of sleigh bells jingling at North Shore Horse Rescue in Baiting Hollow on Saturday, November 23, when Santa made a surprise visit with a big check, courtesy of Manorville resident Chris Court.

“Back in June,” Court said, “I ran a successful food drive for them. Close to 25 individuals participated and with everyone’s help, over 1500 pounds of horse feed was delivered to the farm. The owners, Laurel and Tom, had no idea this delivery was happening and were most grateful to all those involved.”

There are approximately 15 rescues on the farm. “They started the rescue 17 years ago and have done an incredible job with the help of only 12 volunteers,” Court said.

This time, it was Santa to the Rescue, literally. Court and others presented Laurel Palermo and Tom Renzetti, the organization’s founders, with an oversized check for $1660, almost twice what he expected to raise.

“I discovered the North Shore Horse Rescue in March 2019,” Court said. “I was given a personal tour of the rescue by one of the volunteers there. I was so impressed with how the horses were taken care of that I knew I had to do something to help them.” Court is director of special events for Hospice Care Network, another nonprofit, “so I know how important it is to raise funds for worthy causes,” he said.

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