Grovel Alert: Equest Women’s Auxiliary Luncheon And Style Show

Sure, it’s damp, but the temperatures are so user friendly. That’s especially true for retailers, who are stocking fall and winter goodies like cashmere sweaters, snugly coats and high-strutting boots.

Alice and Olivia boot (File photo)

Alice and Olivia boot (File photo)

Evidently that feeling of cooler times are just around the corner has inspired the horse-loving, fashionistas to get their places at the Equest Women’s Auxiliary Luncheon and Style Show on Tuesday, October 4, at Brook Hollow Golf Club.

Fashion producer Jan Strimple has been working with presenting sponsor Highland Park Village and its merchants like Akris, Alice and Olivia, Carolina Herrera, Etro, Lela Rose, Market and St. John for what will be on the runway benefiting the Equest program.

Just heard that perhaps it’s because of the drop in temps that tickets are starting to get scarce, so contact Event Chair Kara Axley for your ticket. Then head to your closet and clear out your old winter duds. Because after this fundraiser you’re gonna need more room for the new looks.

MySweetCharity Opportunity: Equest Women’s Auxiliary Fashion Show And Luncheon

According to Equest Women’s Auxiliary Fashion Show And Luncheon Chair Kara Axley and Auxiliary President Di Johnston,

Kara Axley and Di Johnston (File photo)

Kara Axley and Di Johnston (File photo)

“Equest has enhanced the lives of children and adults using horses to bring hope and healing through equine assisted therapies for thirty five years. The annual Equest Women’s Auxiliary Fashion Show and Luncheon, Riding High, will be Tuesday, October 4, at Brook Hollow Golf Club and will continue the 35th anniversary celebration by raising much-needed funds for Equest’s unique therapy programs.

“Today, Equest is the leader in equine assisted therapy and serves hundreds of riders annually. These riders include those with cerebral palsy and autism as well as orthopedic ailments. Additionally, Equest serves our country’s brave veterans through our ‘Horses for Heroes’ program.

“When Equest Women’s Auxiliary founder Louise Griffeth started the organization thirty years ago, Equest was known as Freedom Ride and many people were unfamiliar with the cause and how to become supporters. A lot has changed in the past three decades as Equest has received national recognition for its work and the Women’s Auxiliary is a thriving organization comprised of hundreds of dedicated women who work tirelessly to provide invaluable funding.

Lindalyn Adams and Louise Griffeth (File photo)

Lindalyn Adams and Louise Griffeth (File photo)

“Riding High will be a fun-filled day of fashion, great food and a glimpse into the workings of Equest programming. Fashion icon Jan Strimple will produce the fashion show with some of Highland Park Village’s most noted international retailers showing their collections.  Highland Park Village is the presenting sponsor of the luncheon and we are most grateful to the Al Hill Jr. family for their generosity.

“In addition to the fashion show, we will honor beloved community leader Lindalyn Adams with the 2016 Equest Community Service Award for many contributions and advocacy for Equest over three decades. We are also pleased to have longtime Equest supporters Lezlie and Bill Noble serve as Honorary Luncheon Chairs.

“We hope you will join us for this worthy and life changing cause. Please visit www.equest.org for more information.”

Equest Women’s Auxiliary Fashion Show And Luncheon Chair Kara Axley Finds A Match Made In Shopping Heaven

Equest Women’s Auxiliary Luncheon and Fashion Show Chair Kara Axley is having a real relationship with high-end merchants. The matchmaker is fashion-loving producer Jan Strimple. To have the most marvy fashions on the runway at Brook Hollow on Tuesday, October 4, the following merchants will be showcasing the fall fashions: Akris, Alice and Olivia, Carolina Herrera, Etro, Lela Rose, Market and St. John.

Akris (File photo)

Akris (File photo)

Lela Rose (File photo)

Lela Rose (File photo)

Caroline Herrera (File photo)

Caroline Herrera (File photo)

Adding to the luxury feel is the couple, who will be the honorary co-chairs. Yup, longtime supporters Lezlie Noble and her HPV jeweler husband Bill Noble.

Lezlie Noble in the center (File photo)

Lezlie Noble in the center (File photo)

Lindalyn Adams (File photo)

Lindalyn Adams (File photo)

And still another plus is the presentation of the Special Recognition Award to Lindalyn Adams. No, Lindalyn has not taken up residence in HPV, but she does shop and lunch there.

This fashion show is always a home run with handsome gents in riding attire as window dressing and, if the weather is user-friendly, the Equest Mini-ambassadors will be grazing on the lush Brook Hollow grounds.

Funds raised from the event will “benefit Equest’s therapeutic programming for children and adults with all types of physical, cognitive, emotional and learning disabilities.”

Oh, and, yes, HPV is the presenting sponsor for the 2016 Equest Women’s Auxiliary Luncheon And Style Show.

MySweetCharity Opportunity: Gala At The ‘Gait

According to ManeGait’s 2016 Gala at the ‘Gait Chair Landon Darling Schneider,

Landon Darling Schneider and Zach Schneider*

Landon Darling Schneider and Zach Schneider*

ManeGait Therapeutic Horsemanship will host its 9th Annual Gala at the ‘Gait, presented by Stereo East Home Theater, on Saturday, October 1. This year’s theme is ‘Soar On Wings Like Eagles’ – Isaiah 40:31. Gala at the ‘Gait blends elegance and Texas-style panache, transforming ManeGait’s equestrian therapy center into a welcoming ballroom. Sporting their finest Western attire, more than 700 guests attend this annual fundraiser, which will feature dishes from a host of local restaurants, an extensive live and silent auction, and, of course, dancing the night away to live music.

“Located on a rolling, 14-acre site in Collin County, ManeGait provides equestrian therapy to adults and children with physical, emotional, cognitive, sensory and behavioral disabilities. Certified instructors lead the program together with 350 volunteers per week and 20 skilled therapy horses.

“Gala at the ‘Gait is the organization’s largest annual fundraiser with proceeds from the event supporting 40 percent of its operating budget. These monies allow ManeGait to support riders from all across North Texas, including those in Dallas and Collin County.

“The night’s entertainment begins with guests being greeted upon arrival by ManeGait’s therapy horses. Once inside the arena party space, attendees can sample some of North Texas’ best restaurants in a ‘Taste of’ format with dishes from restaurant partners including: III Forks, Whiskey Cake Kitchen & Bar, Mexican Sugar cocina y cantina, Harvest Seasonal Kitchen, Patina Green Home & Market, Sugarbacon Proper Kitchen, Velvet Taco, Ida Claire, Sixty Vines, Hutchins BBQ, Cadillac Pizza Pub, Taverna Rossa,  Three Sixty at Gentle Creek Country Club, Nothing Bundt Cakes, The Ranch|Las Colinas, Tupps Brewery, Emporium Pies and Whole Foods Market.

“General admission tickets are $200 each. Sponsorships start at $2,500. For information, visit www.manegait.org or call LeAnn AuBuchon at 469.422.6780.”

* Photo credit: Lori Wilson Photography

MySweetCharity Opportunity: Equest Men’s Auxiliary Golf Classic And Veteran Tribute Dinner

According to Maribeth Schultz, Ph. D., United States Air Force (Ret.) and Equest Hooves for Heroes participant about the Equest Men’s Auxiliary Golf Classic and Veteran Tribute Dinner,

“I was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. I was an active duty Air Force psychologist and captain for seven years and came to Equest through their veterans program. I had reached the point where I couldn’t move. I couldn’t walk. Sometimes I would freeze up. I couldn’t get out of bed, and I couldn’t leave my house. And I came here [Equest], and I began to move and feel like I was a person again. It’s more than fun. It’s a lifeline. This has made a tremendous difference in my life. I had no life before Equest, and I say that sincerely. I appreciate the veterans program and everything it has brought to us.

“Adds Equest Director of Clinical and Veteran Services Jeff Hensley, ‘The Equest Hooves for Heroes program improves the lives of American warriors: our veterans. There are a host of challenges that veterans face when they leave active duty, and these can contribute to the heart-breaking reality that 22 veterans take their lives every day. At Equest, we are creating a safe environment for them to connect with one another, the community, and supporters, and overcome these challenges, and in doing so, we are quite literally saving lives. To date, Equest Hooves for Heroes has served approximately 370 individuals from Vietnam-era to present day conflicts at no cost.’

“Equest Men’s Auxiliary Golf Classic Co-Chair Kelly Bennett explains how you can help: ‘The Equest Men’s Auxiliary Golf Classic and Veterans Tribute Dinner, hosted by Honorary Chair Patrick M. Walsh, Admiral USN (Ret.) and my Co-Chair Andy Walsh, is one of Equest’s largest fundraisers and honors Equest’s veterans program. Not only is it raising necessary funds to provide complimentary services, but the dinner also pays tribute to those who have served America.

“‘It is a wonderful two-day event at Gleneagles Country Club located at 5401 West Park Boulevard Plano. The Veterans Tribute Dinner, including cocktail reception, silent auction, and dinner, will be held on Sunday, November 13, at 6:30 p.m. featuring guest speaker William D. French, Vice Admiral, USN (Ret.) who serves as President and CEO of the Armed Services YMCA based in Springfield, VA and as member of the National Advisory Committee for the Military Child Education Coalition (MCEC). Tables are available for $1,000 (ten people) or individual tickets may be purchased for $100.

“‘The following day, the fun-filled Golf Classic will feature a helicopter drop, raffle items, gift bags, boxed lunch, long drive expert, and awards reception. Registration begins at 11:30 a.m. and shotgun start at 1:30 p.m. Tickets are $150 per individual or $600 for a group of four.’”

Update: Dallas Zoo’s Dollar Day

Naturally, you want an update on the Dallas Zoo’s Dollar Day. Early counts claim that more than 20,000 pairs of feet hit the pathways. It may not be a record-breaker, but the numbers are still being counted and then there was that heat/humidity factor.

But the news-of-the-day wasn’t just limited to feet-on-the-ground. According to Dallas Zoo’s Laurie Holloway, “Special thanks to the helicopter teams who pulled up higher when I called today. Low flights spook many of our animals, particularly in the Savanna. Hoofstock, such as giraffes, zebras, etc., are the most susceptible to this, so we ask that you maintain a decent distance over the Zoo habitats.”

Giants of the Savanna (File photo)

Giants of the Savanna (File photo)

Evidently the critters thought that a presidential candidate might be landing.

Annual Equest Women’s Auxiliary Committee Luncheon Enjoyed The Fashion And Foodie Perks Of Neiman Marcus Downtown

Unlike the Crystal Charity Ball newbie luncheon in the Neiman Marcus Downtown’s Zodiac Room on Wednesday, May 11, the Equest Women’s Auxiliary committee on Wednesday, May 11, was a tale of a different story.  A model made the rounds in furs and even a crocodile coat ($1,500+). And then there were the popovers, plus the chick broth opener. Well, gee whiz, can life get any better?

After a personal greeting from NM DT GM Jeff Byron, who got hooked on Equest when he took over the flagship store three years ago, and a welcome by Equest Women’s Auxiliary President Di Johnston and Equest Executive Director Lili Kellogg, it was time to sip the broth and dine.

Di Johnston

Di Johnston

Nancy Carter and Michaela Dyer

Nancy Carter and Michaela Dyer

Kim Miller and Angie Kadesky

Kim Miller and Angie Kadesky

So, what was the table talk? At one end of the rectangular table was Nancy Carter, incoming Equest Auxiliary President Angie Kadesky, Tiffany Divis and Melissa Macatee commiserating over the past season. Nancy was talking about the progress of her company’s latest hotel projects in North Texas, Austin and Houston… Angie was wearing a vintage Emilio Puccini dress… Tiffany was glowing about daughter Monet Ball’s returning to Dallas with husband George Ball and the arrival of their baby in August.

And, yes, there was talk about the Auxiliary’s fall fundraiser that will take place on Tuesday, October 4, at Brook Hollow Golf Club. Event Chair Kara Axley has not only arranged for Highland Park Village to provide the fashions on the runway, but to have Lezlie and Bill Noble as the honorary co-chairs and for the 2016 Equest Award for Community Service award to be presented to Lindalyn Adams.

Auctions, Dancing, Dale Hansen And Mini-Ambassadors At Texas Horse Park Helped Equest Celebrate Its 35th Anniversary

One day before it took place on Saturday, May 7, Equest’s 35th Anniversary Gala at the Texas Horse Park was sold out. Walking around the gala off Pemberton Hill Road in South Dallas, it was easy to see why.

That situation was even more impressive since guests weren’t able to just drive up to the front door and turn their wheels over to car parkers. The vast majority had to be shuttled to the Park via chartered buses from locales in Dallas. After all, Texas Horse Park was built to be equine horsepower as opposed to an automotive parking lot. But despite the perceived inconvenience, the bus loads arrived for a night of fun and fundraising.

Stacey Hodge, Disco, Lisa Blackford, Sherry Wood, Dare, Christine Volkmer and Christa Collum

Stacey Hodge, Disco, Lisa Blackford, Sherry Wood, Dare, Christine Volkmer and Christa Collum

And, of course, there were the horses befitting the group that, since 1981, has used the four-hoofed critters to bring hope and healing to children and adults with diverse needs. (In fact, Equest was the first therapeutic riding program in Texas.) At the front door, there were the miniature equine stars Teddy Roosevelt and Tex; later, gals and guys could have their photo taken with Disco and Dare.

Susan Schwartz, Lili Kellogg and Helena Wall

Susan Schwartz, Lili Kellogg and Helena Wall

As the guests made their way into the grounds—among them, Stacey Hodge, Amy and Michael Meadows, Sherry Wood, Alan Curtis, David Whyman, Lezlie and Bill Noble, Jeff Byron, Kevin Hurst and Equest co-founder Susan Schwartz—they saw “client and rider demonstrations” happening in the outdoor pens. Moving down beneath the Equest covered arena, they encountered the reception and silent auction and, later, the table settings for the gala dinner and live auction. Among the auction highlights: a Costa Rica getaway (value, $12,000) and a Montana Sporting Club Retreat ($10,000).

Jody Dean, Maddie Dean and Jocelyn White

Jody Dean, Maddie Dean and Jocelyn White

Over at the “Equest Country Store,” meantime, mother and daughter Maggie and Annabelle Buckner (Annabelle’s 12) were checking out the goods. As Emilynn Wilson and her husband Claude strode through the stables, Emilynn said, “I just had a horse that fell in love with me.” Guests Phyllis Glazer and Susan Iannaccone were chit-chatting. While Maddie Dean patiently waited, her dad/emcee Jody Dean and co-emcee Jocelyn White huddled over last-minute details with the likes of Equest CEO Lili Kellogg and Helena Wall, who with her husband Doug Wall was serving as the Gala Chair. Despite all the hifalutin types, four-year-old mini-ambassador donkey Taco was quite content to stay in his stall and occasionally saunter over for a howdy do with a guest or two.

Susan Iannaccone and Phyllis Glazer

Susan Iannaccone and Phyllis Glazer

Taco

Taco

Honorary Chairs Chris and Dale Hansen soon pulled up in their big black SUV with Dale at the wheel and, much later, the Gala guests would be dancing up a storm to the music of Cary Pierce with Crystal Yates and John Christopher Davis. Really, now; with horses, good friends, great food and fun music, could there have been a better way to celebrate Equest’s landmark anniversary?

Four Hundred Watch Nyquist Win The Run For The Roses As They Raise Money At TAG Derby Event For BrainHealth Center

Harold Scherrell, Alison Percy, Scott Caldwell and Dan Hunt

Harold Scherrell, Alison Percy, Scott Caldwell and Dan Hunt

Dreamy and Jessi Gould

Dreamy and Jessi Gould

Cigars, seersucker, sunglasses and big hats were the order of the day when as many as 400 young professionals gathered on Saturday, May 7, for the Think Ahead Group’s Sixth Annual Kentucky Derby Party. The focal point of the derby-watching party was a big-screen TV set up in the green, tree-lined courtyard at Dallas’ beautiful Marie Gabrielle Restaurant and Gardens.

Greeting the lovely and handsome young things at the front door was Dreamy the 19-year-old Morgan with her handler Barbara Lewis.

Bethany Voss and Mike Rials

Bethany Voss and Mike Rials

Okay, besides the well-watched television, there was also delicious food—think chicken and biscuit sliders, mini-crab cakes and mint juleps—as well as a silent auction. All the attractions were to help TAG, a group of young professionals who raise funds for the Center for BrainHealth, bring in at least $50,000 for the center’s Alzheimer’s program.

At one point, the guests—among them Jessi Gould, Dr. Alison Percy, Dan Hunt, Harold Scherrell, Scott Caldwell, Mike Rials and Bethany Voss—crowded around the huge TV to watch the 142nd running of the Kentucky Derby. As cries of “Go, Nyquist!” were heard from the excited crowd, the race concluded with Nyquist holding off a late surge by Exaggeration to win the derby.

Watching the Run for the Roses

Watching the Run for the Roses

Then it was back to the mini-crab cakes … and many more mint juleps.

Equest Women’s Auxiliary Kicked Off Fundraising Luncheon Plans At Market

All the talk on Wednesday, May 4, was about cutie pie Reese Witherspoon’s opening up her latest retail venture — Draper James pop-up shop — at Market the day before. But, alas, the Academy Award-winning actress was nowhere in sight. No problem. The Equest Women’s Auxiliary crowd including Tiffany Divis, Louise Griffeth and Emilynn Wilson, didn’t seem to mind one iota with all the goodies on the shelves, the tables and in every nook and cranny.

For some, like Angela Nash, this was a first-time visit to Market; Angela hollered from her car, “Do you know where Market is?”

Someone pointed Angela to the former site of Patrizio (aka the longtime ago digs of S&S Tearoom). Still with us?

Market's candy

Market’s candy

Market's equine-style bracelet

Market’s equine-style bracelet

Once inside Market, it was a 21st century version of the Carriage Shop with colorful candies on the shelves, the bracelets and chokers that reminded some of equine bits and such.

Fleming Longino

Fleming Longino

Fleming Longino's Louboutin

Fleming Longino’s Louboutin

And speaking of fashion, Fleming Longino was just back from Europe and in a black jumpsuit that made her Louboutin stilettos “stand out.”

New Equest Executive Director Lili Kellogg introduced new Development Director Christine Volkmer, while Equest Women’s Auxiliary President Di Johnston revealed that Angie Kadesky would be replacing her in the year to come.  Another bit of news was that Beth Thoele will chair the 2017 Equest fundraising luncheon.

Angie Kadesky, Kara Axley and Bridget Miller

Angie Kadesky, Kara Axley and Bridget Miller

In the meantime, Equest Women’s Auxiliary Luncheon and Style Show at Brook Hollow Chair Kara Axley revealed that the Equest fundraiser would take place on Tuesday, October 4.

Equest Mini-Ambassadors And Guests Headed To “The Walls” To Kick Off Plans For 35th Anniversary Gala Fundraiser

All those horseshoes at Equest are bringing luck to their fundraising efforts. On Wednesday, March 16, Equest Gala Co-Chairs Helena and Doug Wall really lucked out with the weather before the rains and chills arrived in the following days. The reason was their hosting the kick-off party for the 35th anniversary of the Equest fundraiser at their home. Here’s a report from the field:

Doug Wall and Lezlie and Bill Noble*

Doug Wall and Lezlie and Bill Noble*

“Two feet move our body. Four feet move our soul,” quoted William Noble. The quote summed the passion and support at the kick-off event for the Equest 35th Anniversary as it celebrates over 30 years of life-changing journeys that cherished Equest therapy horses have provided for children, adults and veterans to overcome unique challenges.

Lili Kellogg*

Lili Kellogg*

Hosted at the gorgeous home of Chairs Helena and Doug Wall, approximately 100 guests were greeted by three-feet-tall four-legged friends and mini ambassadors Cisco and Dare. Guests shopped for the upcoming gala at the Ocean Point Tack Shop pop-up featuring the equestrian chic collection of Kingsland Equestrian Apparel. Delectable bites from Farm to Market Catering, such as smoked chicken profiteroles, shrimp cocktail with blood orange cocktail sauce and horseradish panna cotta, and Beef Wellington were savored, and Milagro margarita toasts were shared.  As a departing gift, guests received mini blood orange pop-tarts from Pink Apron Pastry.

Paul Valdez, Michele Ritter and Andy Steingasser*

Paul Valdez, Michele Ritter and Andy Steingasser*

The energy and excitement for the gala were contagious among the ensemble including: Equest Interim CEO Lili Kellogg, Equest Chairman of the Board Andy Steingasser, Lezlie and Bill Noble, Kelly and Marty Turco, Allane O’Neil, Terri Sue and Jack Wensinger, Dina and Jason Arnott, Trish and Joe Judson, Carrie and Dodd Crutcher, Di Johnston, Frank Carter, Margaret and David Henry, Leslie and Hawkins Golden, Darla Ripley, Nancy Natinksy, Kelly Morrison, Lane Cates and Brad McClain, Meghan Nylin and Neiman folks like Jeff Byron, Kevin Hurst and Mimi Sterling among others.

Terri Sue Wensinger, Kristin Reed, Mary Hawkins, Helena Wall, Karen Smith and Lezlie Noble*

Terri Sue Wensinger, Kristin Reed, Mary Hawkins, Helena Wall, Karen Smith and Lezlie Noble*

Prepare to celebrate all things Equest at the 35th Anniversary Gala. The equestrian-chic fundraiser, hosted by Honorary Chairs Chris and Dale Hansen and Chairs Helena and Doug Wall, brings together gourmet southern cuisine, craft cocktails, live music by Cary Pierce­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­, prized live and silent auction items, and some fun horsing-around. Equest 35th Anniversary Gala will be held on Saturday, May 7, starting at 7:00 p.m. at Texas Horse Park (811 Pemberton Hill Road, Dallas, TX 75217). Sponsorships are available starting at $5,000. Tables (of 10) are available to purchase for $2,500 and individual tickets for $250 at www.equest.org/gala. For more information, visit www.equest.org or call 972.412.1099.

JUST IN: Equest Interim CEO Lili Kellogg Officially Named Equest CEO

Despite grumbly skies and a killer schedule of activities today, more news is coming in. Equest has a new executive director! The equine therapeutic program that helps everyone from kiddos to vets has been under the direction of Interim CEO Lili Kellogg, since Patrick Bricker departed back in October.

Lili Kellogg (File photo)

Lili Kellogg (File photo)

Horse-pert Lili has done such a fine job that they’ve removed the word “interim” from her title, so she is now officially Equest’s CEO.

And this ain’t her first rodeo, not by a long shot. Besides earning her Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science from Colorado State University, she’s also received her certification from the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International as a master instructor, site visitor and faculty/evaluator, as well as coaching equestrian teams at national and international events including the 196 Paralympics. In 2002 she was the recipient of the James Brady Professional Achievement Award that is “the highest honor in the therapeutic riding industry.”

Having worked with Equest as program director for years, she became director of ManeGait and the executive director for Houston’s SIRE. It was in January 2015 that Lili joined Equest as VP of Operations, much to the delight of staff and board members.

According to Equest Chairman of the Board Andy Steingasser, “Finding the right talent, experience and personality that embodies the Equest CEO position is of paramount importance. Lili Kellogg exceeds all of our criteria. She could write the book on Therapeutic Horsemanship, and we are thrilled to have her leading our team.”

But in addition to overseeing the clients, staff and horses that now includes both the facilities at Wylie and Texas Horse Park, Lili’s also preparing the 35th Annual Equest Gala on Saturday, May 7, at Texas Horse Park that’s being chaired by Helena and Doug Wall and co-chaired by Chris and Dale Hansen. Handling the music for the evening will be Cary Pierce.

Congrats to Lili and Equest.

Equest Women’s Auxiliary Letters Launch Membership Sign-Ups

Normally Brenda Cockerell’s dining room table is just perfect for holiday feasting with loads of food on the table and family and friends settling back for a good time. But just last week, the table was covered with stacks of letters and pens. As for the group, it was elbow-to-elbow with Equest Women’s Auxiliary gals putting their John Joan Hancocks on the missives that just hit the mailboxes this week.

Michaela Dyer, Beth Layton, Ann Dyer, Linda Secrest, Pam MCallum, Marisa Huckin and Vicky Lattner

And, no, it’s not about the Equest Women’s Auxiliary Luncheon and Style Show. Fashion Show Chair Kara Axley is holding off making any announcements until all the deets are finalized. Well, not all the specifics. It will be at Brook Hollow. And the date will be Tuesday, October 4.

Kara Axley, Di Johnston and Brenda Cockerell

Kara Axley, Di Johnston and Brenda Cockerell

The letters were to invite folks to join the Women’s Auxiliary. In addition to supporting “one of the oldest and largest therapeutic riding programs in the United States,” members get invitation to the annually sold-out fashion show. Sorry, but before you ask — Equest Women’s Auxiliary President Di Johnston reports the membership doesn’t entitle you to ride one of the four-legged Equest residents.

And talk about a bargain! Memberships start at $45. Shoot it costs more to get a membership at Costco.

If your letter hasn’t hit your mailbox, don’t wait. This ain’t “by-invitation-only.”

MySweetWishList: Equest

According to Equest Interim CEO Lili Kellogg,

Lili Kellogg*

Lili Kellogg*

“Give the Gift of Hope – Sponsor a Famous Equest Therapy Horse!

“Equest is a special place where lives are transformed through the wonder of a horse and incredibly dedicated people. It is a place where horses bring hope and purpose through equine assisted activities and therapies for children, adults, and veterans with diverse needs. Do you hold a special place in your heart for horses?

Equest*

Equest*

“If so, please consider sponsoring one of our famous Equest Therapy Horses.  For many of our Riders, their Therapy Horse has changed their lives and the bond between them is precious. By sponsoring an Equest horse, you will provide the necessary funds to support the yearly cost of care including feed, shavings, horseshoes, veterinary care, tack, and stall management. You will make it possible for a horse to carry out the Equest mission and provide hope to those who have physical, mental, and psycho-social challenges.

“The actual cost to feed and care for one horse at Equest averages $5,000 a year.  As a Sponsor, you will receive a framed photo of your horse and visiting privileges, and your name(s) will be placed on a special stall sign in the barn. A Horse Sponsorship can be made in someone’s honor or memory, and it makes for an amazing gift.  You can make a donation here or visit www.equest.org to learn more about its mission and how you can help.”

– Lili Kellogg, Equest Interim CEO

* Graphic and photo provided by Equest

JUST IN: Equest CEO Patrick Bricker Resigns

Patrick Bricker (File photo)

Patrick Bricker (File photo)

Yesterday Equest Board of Directors Chair Jocelyn White notified the Equest board that Equest CEO Patrick Bricker had resigned.  She sent the following letter:

“Dear Equest Family,

“It is with heavy hearts that the Equest Board of Directors has unanimously accepted the resignation of Patrick Bricker as Equest’s President and CEO, effective immediately.

“Patrick has given us invaluable time, service and commitment over the past four years. He has helped us to achieve several major landmarks during his tenure. The move into our second location at the Texas Horse Park has been a major accomplishment and it has allowed the organization to apply for, and win, the coveted and prestigious Crystal Charity grant.

“Patrick is a true visionary and we wish him complete and continued success in his future endeavors.

“In another vein, we welcome Lili Kellogg as Equest’s interim CEO and President. Lili has extensive prior experience and has already proven herself as a capable, knowledgeable, and well-respected leader in the field of equine therapy. In January of 2015, Lili returned to us, as our new Vice President of Operations, from Houston’s SIRE where she had been Executive Director. Prior to SIRE, she was the Director at ManeGait. She was our Program Director at Equest for over 20 years. Lili can easily help us bridge this critical gap between Patrick’s departure today and the hiring of a permanent CEO/President in the future.

“Equest will continue to provide unparalleled equine therapy and experiences that change the lives of our clients and their families!

“Please feel free to call me if you have any questions or concerns.”

According to Jocelyn, “Patrick has several offers he is considering. He just felt he had accomplished what he set out to do at Equest.”

But that doesn’t mean fundraising for the equestrian therapy program is slowing down one iota. No, siree.

Joce added, “Our annual Equest Men’s Auxiliary Golf Classic dinner and golf tournament will be held Sunday evening November 1 and Monday, November 2, benefiting Hooves for Heroes . Mike Singletary is our celebrity host and will speak at [the] Sunday evening dinner. Golf slots for foursomes are still available. KLUV’s Jody Dean will host and emcee…Plus our annual Equest Ridefest will be held on Saturday, November 14, at Texas Horse Park. We are one of three finalists up for Non-Profit of the Year and we are gearing up for Equest’s 35th Anniversary next year !!!”

The Ponies Grazed And The Equest Women’s Auxiliary Luncheon Guests Gazed At Fashion Delights

The ponies weren’t running on Tuesday, September 29. They were just picture perfect on the grounds of Brook Hollow. Why? The Equest Women’s Auxiliary Luncheon’s “Caring Hands” fundraiser presented by the Al Hill Jr. family, of course.

Alas, Auxiliary Founder Louise Griffeth was unable to make the event. She was tending to her husband Guy, who was undergoing chemo treatments.

Another MIA was Honorary Chair Carolyn Lupton, who was a bit under the weather. Luckily, daughter Carol Huckin was on hand to fill in for her mom.

Covering for Louise’s traditional presence was Event Chair Emilynn Wilson and a jammed crowd filling the Brook Hollow ballroom for a fashion show with goodies from Hadleigh’s, Akris, Ermengeildo Zegna, Lela Rose, Brunello Cucinelli, Guiseppe Zanotti and Carolina Hererra.

Pam McCallum and Connie O'Neill

Pam McCallum and Connie O’Neill

Angie Kadesky and Mary Smith

Angie Kadesky and Mary Smith

 Jean Lattimore, Jill Rowlett and Dee Wyly

Jean Lattimore, Jill Rowlett and Dee Wyly

Lisa Troutt

Lisa Troutt

Beth Layton

Beth Layton

Before the models dazzled on the catwalk, guests like Equest Chairman of the Board Jocelyn White, Jean Lattimore, Jill Rowlett, Dee Wyly, Lisa Troutt, Elisa Summers, Robyn Conlon with daughter-in-law Marybeth Conlon, Diane Brierley, Nancy Carter, Vinnie Reuben, Pam McCallum, Connie O’Neill, Trisha George, Lisa Longino, Angie Kadesky and Mary Smith filled the rows.

Donna Arp Weitzman reported that just the week before, she and her KidneyTexas Co-Chair Mary Lee Cox had raised a possible record-breaking amount for kidney research in the very same ballroom. The accountants are still tallying up the net.

Helen McGraw and Emilynn Wilson

Helen McGraw and Emilynn Wilson

After Equest Women’s Auxiliary President Beth Layton introduced Emilynn, the gals presented Tiffany blue gift boxes to 2015 Equest Award for Community Service honoree Helen McGraw and Carol with the help of dashing male models in equestrian attire.

But it wasn’t just ladies at the podium. Next up were Equest Men’s Auxiliary President Bill Noble and Equest CEO Patrick Bricker, who introduced a video on the equine therapy program.

Then it was time for the show with adorable kids in the beginning. In the back of the room was Hadleigh’s owner Ed Shaikh taping his adorable daughters – Hadleigh Shaikh and GG Shaikh — in the first presentation, as well as fashions from his Hadleigh’s. BTW, word has it that Ed and his wife Gable Shaikh will be opening a second Hadleigh’s in New York City.

Models with GG Shaikh and Hadleigh Shaikh

Models with GG Shaikh and Hadleigh Shaikh

Akris

Akris

Ermengeildo Zegn

Ermengeildo Zegn

Lela Rose

Lela Rose

Guiseppe Zanotti

Guiseppe Zanotti

Carolina Hererra

Carolina Hererra

Brunello Cucinelli

Brunello Cucinelli

Leave it to clever show producer Jan Strimple to have the Guiseppe Zanotti footwear presented by men in white tie and tails serving up stilettos and boots on silver trays.

Right on schedule the show was over and guests headed to a lunch featuring Brook Hollow’s favorite menu of pecan crusted chicken breast with mesclun greens tossed with maple balsamic dressing , dried cherries, dried apricots and toasted ciabatta bread with goat cheese. Dessert was the killer chocolate molten cake with Bailey’s center salted caramel ice cream.

In the meantime, the ponies were happy to graze on the Brook Hollow greens.

 

Round Robin August 26: Equest Women’s Auxiliary Reception And Cattle Baron’s Ball Live Auction Reveal

As summer ends and schools kicks back into session, the queen bees were fundraising along Preston Road on Wednesday, August 26:

Equest Women’s Auxiliary Fashion Show And Luncheon Reception

From 4 to 6 p.m. the Equest Women’s Auxiliary was a farrier’s dream at Jimmy Choo’s. The stiletto salon on the corner facing the Highland Park Village had the gals kicking off their “experienced” shoes for some new recruits.

Pam McCallum and Barbara Stuart

Pam McCallum and Barbara Stuart

But if you think Jimmy C’s is footwear only, program your brain to the re-think-that-one mode.

As one gal checked out the newest JC sunglasses, Barbara Stuart recalled how she bought her killer “cheaters” when she chaired the Equest Fashion Show and Luncheon with daughter Melissa Macatee in 2011.

Speaking of Barbara, she was checking out vacation notes with Pam McCallum on their summer stays in different coasts of Canada. Then they launched into reminiscing about their annual lunch at Café Pacific on the Friday before TX-OU. Seems OU Pam and Longhorn Barbara shed their proper ways for mischievous gifts for each other with the alma maters in mind.

Michele Dunn, Emilynn Wilson, Katie Layton and Beth Layton

Michele Dunn, Emilynn Wilson, Katie Layton and Beth Layton

In another part of the salon, this year’s Equest Fashion Show and Luncheon Chair Emilynn Wilson and daughter Michele Dunn were catching up with Equest Women’s Auxiliary Chair Barbara Layton and her daughter, Katie Layton, who was on her way to Bachendorf’s for the Cattle Baron’s live auction reveal party just down the road.

Emilynn revealed that the funds were coming in and the fashion show tickets were flying like thoroughbreds from the gate. She told how this year’s presenting sponsor was philanthropist Al Hill Jr., who had provided a $50,000 check. The fashions will once again be provided by Highland Park Village merchants with Jan Strimple reining in the action on the runway.

Cattle Baron’s Ball Live Auction Reveal

Bachendorf’s didn’t have a refreshening over the summer. It had a major face lift. Where once were shelves of crystal, now was an elegant showroom for Rolex timepieces. But don’t worry about the crystal. It was beautifully displayed in a nearby alcove.

Katy and Lawrence Bock and Sheryl Callewart

Katy and Lawrence Bock and Sheryl Callewart

As for the rest of the store, it was open with marvelous new carpeting, gleaming display cases and a whole feel of 21st century sparkle.

Katy Bock admitted that it had come together just in time for the Cattle Baron’s Ball Live Auction Reveal reception. A couple of days before, there had been no chandelier and the carpeting was just being laid.

And what had Katy been doing? Lolling by a pool or having a facial? Nope. She had been a perfect wife and had been in the store helping display merchandise.

Lawrence Bock looked relieved and dressed perfectly in blue shirt and tie to match the blue palette of the store.

Diane and Hal Brierley

Diane and Hal Brierley

While rings were bring tried on by many, blonde Sheryl Callewart was sporting a cast on her right little finger. Seems that a kitchen oop’s had resulted in a slice requiring an ER visit and 11 stitches. While the cast would come off in 10 days, Sheryl admitted that the metal finger cover was a hassle.

Diane and Hal Brierley were just back from a sea jaunt on the Queen Mary 2. Their trip had been delayed arriving on schedule due to a crew member falling overboard. Despite days of attempting to find the crewman, the search failed to locate the man.

Lisa Cooley, Mary Martha Pickens and Clay Cooley

Lisa Cooley, Mary Martha Pickens and Clay Cooley

Other Cattle Baron’s Ball supporters included Lisa and Clay Cooley, birthday gal Nancy Gopez, Marybeth Conlon, Lisa and Bill Ogle, Jane Rozell, Cindy Stager, Kristi Bare and Wanda Gierhart, who was relieved that she was only responsible for two items for the upcoming TACA Custom Auction.

Tia Wynne, Marybeth Conlon and Heather LeClair

Tia Wynne, Marybeth Conlon and Heather LeClair

CBB Co-Chair Mary Martha Pickens had to head out early. Seems she was having dinner with her new boss. In addition to partnering up with Tia Wynne to head up this year’s CBB, Mary Martha just got a very big promotion at Bank of America.

As for the live auction items, they once again were made up of the things that folks dream of including—everything from fabulous travel packages like the Tower of London, Canyon Ranch, Tequila Herradura, Abu Dhabi and the Taj Mahal; a poker game with Dallas Cowboys legends; to naming rights for the American Cancer Society Hope Lodge at Baylor Scott & White Health. And that’s just a few of the goodies that will be up for bid at Gilley’s on Saturday, October 3, with Tim McGraw providing the musical memories.