Equest Women’s Auxiliary Luncheon And Style Show Letters About The Annual Fundraiser At Brook Hollow Hit The Mailboxes

Louise Griffeth and Angie Kadesky

Equest Women’s Auxiliary Founder Louise Griffeth’s dining room was jammed the other day with gals. But they weren’t brunching. Instead of plates of croissants and cucumber sandwiches, the ladies with pens in hand were facing stacks of letters inviting Equest friends and supporters to be a part of the Equest Women’s Auxiliary Luncheon and Style Show.

While Louse and EWA President Angie Kadesky were in the kitchen providing fuel, Luncheon Chair Beth Thoele was in the dining room supervising the handiwork. Beth’s plan was to take the personalized letters to the mailbox on Tuesday following Memorial Day.

Elisa Summers (File photo)

Heather Washburne (File photo)

Before you head to cooler places, check your mailbox. If you don’t find a letter from an EWA-er, don’t feel left out. Chances are that it’s trapped in the postal universe. Just so you don’t have to fret or stalk your postman, here are the highlights. Presented by Highland Park Village, this year’s theme is “Reins of Hope” with Robyn Conlon as honorary chair. The annual Equest Award for Community Service will be presented to sisters Elisa Summers and Heather Washburne.

So, even if the letter didn’t make it through the rain today, ink in Tuesday, October 3, for the Equest fundraiser lunch and fashion show produced by Jan Strimple at Brook Hollow. The Equest Mini Ambassadors are hoping you’ll be there.

Still have questions and can’t wait for your letter? Just check with Beth!

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.

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, Anne Dyer, Linda Secrest, Pam MCallum, Marisa Huckin and Vicky Lattner

Michaela Dyer, Beth Layton, Anne 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.”

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

According to Equest Women’s Auxiliary Luncheon and Style Show Chair Emilynn Wilson,

Helen McGraw and Emilynn Wilson (File photo)

Helen McGraw and Emilynn Wilson (File photo)

“Caring Hands, the Equest Women’s Auxiliary Luncheon and Style Show, will honor two very accomplished and generous women on Tuesday, September 29, at Brook Hollow Golf Club. Helen McGraw will receive the annual Equest Award for Community Service and Carolyn Lupton, as Honorary Chairman, will be recognized for her family’s support of Equest over the years. Highland Park Village is the Presenting Sponsor.

Carolyn Lupton (File photo)

Carolyn Lupton (File photo)

“The event’s activities include the award presentation, a runway fashion show produced by the renowned Jan Strimple and a seated luncheon created especially for the Equest Auxiliary by Brook Hollow Chef David Sokol. The real scene-stealers are the young “models” who are children of committee members, and sometimes Equest clients. They always capture the hearts of everyone in attendance and remind everyone of why this is such an important fundraising event for Equest.

“Equest is a truly unique non-profit organization with a simple mission to empower, enrich and educate through horses. Founded in 1981, Equest Therapeutic Horsemanship was the first therapeutic riding center in Texas for children and adults with all types of physical, cognitive, emotional and learning disabilities. Their program has become the leader in equine assisted therapy, building a solid base in North Texas by serving thousands of clients with their unique therapy tool, their horses.

“Please join us we as celebrate the clients served by Equest and the life-changing services it provides for thousands of children and adults. Please visit www.equest.org.”