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The seventh annual Sweethearts of the Saddle Gala was held on Saturday, May 4, at Carbondale Civic Center. The fundraiser benefits Specialized Equine Services and Therapeutic Riding, operating out of Giant City Stables in Makanda. The mission of the organization is to improve quality of life through the healing power of horses. The derby-themed event was hosted by Drs. Darlene Lutchka and Aaron Workman. The event included Ken Wollberg’s violin “Heart Strings”, watching the 145th Run for the Roses, appetizers, mint juleps and dinner by Great Boars of Fire. After dinner, guests danced to live music from local band “We Got It Covered”. Emcee for the evening was Keenan Rice and a silent and live auction were presented by Jason Forby of Goreville as the auctioneer. Direct donations raised more than $35,000 after expenses to help fund the program.

1. Alex, Jennifer and Peter Van Horn of Marion

2. Amanda, Michelle and Robert Weihman of Carterville

3. Amy Larson and Jay Cupp, both of Carterville

4. Andrea Clark of Carbondale

5. Becky and Dr. William Ogborn of Cape Girardeau

6. Berardino Baratta of Carbondale and Ramona Twellman of Makanda

7. Berit Carlson of St Louis with Emily Novara of Murphysboro and Samantha Hayner of Carbondale

8. Brenda Erickson and Dr. Thomas Davis, both of Carbondale

9. Caillou Hernandez of West Frankfort

10. Danette and Phil Schaefer of Carterville

11. Donna and Troy Scott of Pomona

12. Dr. Darlene Lutchka and Dr. Aaron Workman, both of DeSoto, hosts of the event

13. Dr. Kelly Higgins and Dr. Jeff Lehman, both of Carbondale

14. Dr. Kevin and Leslie Koth of Carterville

15. Dr. Tandy and Dr. Mark Korte of Carbondale

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16. Dr. Kevin and Karina Neill of Carbondale

17. Emily Novara of Murphysboro with Tommie Gray of Carterville and Dallas Broeker of Herrin

18. Felicia and Dr. Ralph Kimbrogh of Carterville

19. Jill and Senator Dale Fowler of Harrisburg

20. Kennedy Baker of Goreville and Dallas Broeker of Herrin

21. Kennedy, Theresa and Tim Baker of Goreville

22. Leslie and Josh Stroud of Carbondale

23. Melissa and Bill Banz of Makanda with Jimmy Karayiannis of Carbondale

24. Merilyn Hogan of Carbondale

25. Patricia and Chuck Nardini of Lake of Egypt

26. Patti and Dr. Ron Lessmann of Lake of Egypt and Cape Girardeau

27. Representative Terri and Rick Bryant of Murphysboro

28. T.J. and Kim Booker of Carbondale

29. Terri and Kevin MacDonald of Vienna

30. Tommie and Rachelle Gray with Sydney, all of Carterville

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