Saturday, December 10, 2011

A Horse of a Different Color

By Jessica Penland

One of the necklaces that the Biotechnology Club sells.
The Biotechnology Club is trying to raise funds in order to buy food and shelter for horses that have been rescued from being slaughtered. 
They are raising funds by selling jewelry, picnic blankets and tote bags in the Student Center on Tuesdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The jewelry that they sell is made from horse hair, according to the club’s President, Mollie Klein.
She said that the horse hair was collected by Nikol Zidar, an adjunct faculty member of the biology department at STLCC-FV.  Zidar brushed through the horse’s tail and mane, in order to collect the hair.
After the hair was collected it was cleaned and braided into necklaces, bracelets, zipper pulls and bookmarks. 
Little charms were added to the braided horse hair to make it look more like traditional jewelry.  Klein said that the charms can even be changed to make the jewelry “more personal.”
The tote bags or picnic blankets that the Biotechnology Club is selling are made from feed bags for the horses, and are sewn by club sponsor Teri Hacker. 
Each one of these items costs somewhere between $10 and $30. 
Fifty percent of the profits are donated to helping the horses.  Klein said, “so when you look at it you are only paying half the amount for the jewelry and giving the other half to support the horses, which makes for a fantastic present!”
Each purchase comes with a picture of a horse that your money will support. 
If you would like to learn more about the fundraiser or how to make a donation you can contact Hacker at  You can also stop by their table in the student center. 

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