The Auen Foundation

Coachella Valley Horse Rescue receives relief for summer camp

Coachella Val­ley Horse Res­cue was thrilled when two air con­di­tion­ing units were donated to the non­profit orga­ni­za­tion by Tar­kett, based in Solon, Ohio. The AC units were installed in the ranch’s club­house, where the non­profit teaches kids 7–18 years-old equine edu­ca­tion dur­ing sum­mer camp. How­ever, after the AC units were installed, orga­ni­za­tion rep­re­sen­ta­tives – which spend all year res­cu­ing, reha­bil­i­tat­ing and find­ing lov­ing homes for neglected and abused horses – were faced with the real­ity that they needed to upgrade the facil­ity in order to effi­ciently cool the club­house, even with the new AC units. The orga­ni­za­tion appealed to its sup­port­ers, who con­tacted the Auen Foundation.

We never want to be a res­cue facil­ity that needs to be res­cued,” said David DiMeno, Pres­i­dent of Coachella Val­ley Horse Res­cue and Coachella Val­ley Mounted Rangers. “The Auen Foun­da­tion helped make this pos­si­ble. Now we can start sum­mer camp with a cool club­house and then use it all year long as we con­tinue to edu­cate the community.”

The Auen Foun­da­tion pro­vided a grant to insu­late a por­tion of the club­house, add an inte­rior wall, install a slid­ing glass door, drop a por­tion of the ceil­ing and redo light­ing within the lower ceil­ing. All of the upgrades – to increase the facility’s max­i­mum cool­ing poten­tial – were man­aged by Supe­rior Heat­ing and Air Conditioning.

Often, projects are best accom­plished through a part­ner­ship,” said Catharine Reed, Senior Pro­gram Offi­cer for the Auen Foun­da­tion. “Coachella Val­ley Horse Res­cue found that an air con­di­tioner dona­tion was not enough. They dis­cov­ered they also needed addi­tional upgrades in order for the AC units to run most effi­ciently. We are happy we could help this orga­ni­za­tion that helps many ani­mals and peo­ple in a num­ber of ways.”

The pri­mary mis­sion of Coachella Val­ley Horse Res­cue is to res­cue and care for abused and neglected horses and find them safe homes. In addi­tion, the orga­ni­za­tion part­ners with other non­profit orga­ni­za­tions through­out the Coachella Val­ley to edu­cate chil­dren and adults about ani­mal cru­elty and equine education.

Begin­ning June 12, Coachella Val­ley Horse Res­cue is offer­ing three 3-day sum­mer camp ses­sions. Campers learn to ride and care for horses daily from 7 a.m.-5 p.m. at the organization’s 8-acre facil­ity in Indio. And, now, class­room time will be espe­cially cool – thanks to the grant from the Auen Foundation.

For more infor­ma­tion about Coachella Val­ley Horse Res­cue or the sum­mer camp call 760–808-6279 or go to, or email the sum­mer camp direc­tor at