Because animals are unable to speak for themselves, volunteers at Laughing Pony Rescue make it a point to stand up for the abandoned and abused horses that come into their care. Laughing Pony Rescue, Inc. is a local nonprofit that does not have a paid staff or high-tech facilities. To help keep the rescue up-and-running they are hosting a poker party benefit May 2 at a private residence in Rancho Santa Fe. The event will provide food, drinks, and fun all while promoting a good cause. In addition to the poker tournament, there will be a raffle and auction. “You don’t even have to know how to play poker to come. We’ll have a beginner tournament as well as a pro-level group,” explained Maren Christensen, Marketing Volunteer. For more information on the tournament as well as upcoming events and fundraisers visit