Desert Foothills Land Trust hosts ‘Sonoran Stars’ fundraiser

Sonoran Stars horse and guests. (photo by Jon Klas)

Sonoran Stars horse and guests. (photo by Jon Klas)

Desert Foothills Land Trust, a non-profit organization which works to protect the Sonoran Desert landscape, will be hosting this year’s Sonoran Stars on Saturday, April 23, at Los Cedros USA equestrian facility at 8700 E. Black Mountain Road in north Scottsdale.

“We’re very excited to again host our event at Los Cedros. It is a stunning venue with immaculate stables, a large courtyard and lush gardens,” stated Sonia Perillo, Desert Foothills Land Trust’s executive director, in a press release. “Our guests will be treated to a wonderful evening!”

The Land Trust’s conservation efforts play a vital role in protecting the Sonoran Desert landscape that supports local community and businesses.

“We simply cannot accomplish our important mission without the generous support of Sonoran Stars sponsors, guests and other donors,” stated Ms. Perillo in the release.

Sonoran Stars will begin at 5 p.m. with a cocktail hour featuring an open bar and appetizers, as well as visits with costumed riders and horses in the lovely Los Cedros stables. Guests will also have the opportunity to purchase “mystery” bags – a raffle that might result in winning a gift card to a local restaurant, a bottle of wine, fabulous jewelry or a trip, the release stated. Guests will then enjoy a meal prepared by well-known Chef Tony Rea.

As dinner winds down, auctioneer Brett Higgins will conduct a fast-paced live auction that will include a number of unique items and experiences. The event will also feature a wonderful new video celebrating the Land Trust’s conservation work, as well as the release of a rehabilitated owl by Wild At Heart. Throughout the evening, guests can stroll among Los Cedros’ tranquil grounds and explore the horse stables, home to magnificent horses from a number of breeds.

Tickets to “Sonoran Stars” are $250 per person. Sponsor tables for 10 guests and premium sponsor packages are available. Guests are encouraged to dress in casual or Western attire and to anticipate cool evening temperatures. Valet parking will be available onsite. To reserve tickets, visit or call 480-488-6131.

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