BY MORGAN HOOKS
The Statesville Civic Center was transformed into “A Night in Havana” on Friday for the 15th annual Rescue Ranch Dinner and Gala. Hosted by Rescue Ranch founders Krissie and Ryan Newman, the event was a celebration of the Rescue Ranch’s growth in 2019, and provided an opportunity for the Newmans to unveil plans for an animal adoption program and memorial gardens at the ranch.
Attendees, many of whom were decked out in Cuban attire, were treated to authentic Caribbean cuisine and specialty spirits, with breaks for salsa lessons on the dancefloor. An online auction raised $15,000 for the nonprofit. Additional funds were raised through a 50/50 raffle and donations made during a paddle race.