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Group to hold auction of celebrity horses

By Staff
MINI HORSES Jamie Cater, co-founder of the "Around Town Carousels Abound" public art project, looks over three table-top horses that will be auctioned April 6 at the Meridian Little Theatre. On the left is a 9-inch horse donated and signed by Kirstie Alley; in the middle is a 24-inch horse designed by Meridian artist Charlie Busler; and on the right is a 9-inch horse donated and signed by Dolly Parton. Photo by Fredie Carmichael / The Meridian Star
By Fredie Carmichael / staff writer
March 5, 2002
Sela Ward, Jennifer Lopez, Sean Penn, Archie Manning and other well-known personalities and celebrities will lend their names to table-top carousel horses up for auction next month.
All will sign their horses, most will decorate them smaller versions of the life-size carousel horses that are part of the "Around Town Carousels Abound" public art project.
Jamie Cater, co-founder of the project, said the auction at Meridian Little Theatre on April 6 will give people a chance to buy their own version of one of Meridian's most distinctive icons.
The horses, large and small, are reminiscent of the Dentzel Carousel.
About 50 horses will be available for purchase; some are 24 inches tall and others are 9 inches tall. Ward and Senate Minority Leader Trent Lott will host the event.
All money raised from the auction will go to benefit Hope Village for Children.
Tickets for the auction are $75 a person; they include heavy hors d'oeuvres, an open bar and live music by the band Kabana. Advance reservations are required.
Pictures of all table-top horses can be viewed at the project's Web site, www.carouselsabound.com. People can place bids for horses online beginning April 5.
The highest online bids will serve as the starting bids for the live auction the following day. Online bidders will be able to place proxy bids if they are unable to attend the live auction.
Besides celebrities, some table-top horses will be painted by area artists. Charlie Busler of Meridian, who painted a 24-inch horse called "Pandora's Pony," said he enjoyed the project.

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