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A volunteer with mini-horse Red at North Shore Horse Rescue & Sanctuary. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

North Shore Horse Rescue will honor the owners of Manorville’s Long Island Game Farm at its second annual Phoenix Award Gala on Friday, March 4 at Giorgio’s in Baiting Hollow.

Tickets for the event, which benefits the Baiting Hollow horse rescue operation, are now available.

The Phoenix award represents the work of an individual, organization, group or cause demonstrating outstanding work in promoting prevention, health, humane practice and advocacy for all animals.

Long Island Game Farm and its owners, The Novak Family, were chosen by North Shore Horse Rescue for their “commitment to educating and offering family programming to the Long Island community,” according to Frank Ruiz, North Shore’s chairperson for events and fundraising.

“The zoo includes many animals who have been rescued from other parts of the country,” Ruiz said.

The award is named after the first horse that North Shore Horse Rescue & Sanctuary ever rescued, a now 15-year-old mustang named Phoenix.

Last year’s first Phoenix award winner was Mattituck veterinarian Dr. John Andresen who the organization said demonstrated outstanding work in promoting prevention, health, humane practice and advocacy for all animals.

The March 4 gala will take place at Giorgio’s Catering Hall, located at 100 Fox Hill Drive in Baiting Hollow. The event runs from 7 to 11 p.m.

The “Into the Wild” themed party will feature safari décor, a three-course dinner, dessert and dancing. Dress is formal attire. Tickets are $95 per person and must be purchased prior to February 26. All proceeds will benefit North Shore Horse Rescue & Sanctuary, which relies 100 percent on corporate sponsors and donations.

According to North Shore Horse Rescue, the goal of the evening is to acknowledge organizations that better the lives of people and animals, like Long Island Game Farm.

North Shore Horse Rescue & Sanctuary rescues abandoned, abused and neglected horses, as well as horses set to be slaughtered. Those animals live out their lives on the not-for-profit organization’s farm, located at 2330 Sound Avenue in Baiting Hollow.

“There are so many out there that end up homeless,” said Ruiz. “Our mission is to create a home and allow abused horses to live out their lives.”

To purchase tickets, make a donation or to get more information on the Phoenix Award gala, call (631) 334-8258 or visit