MySweetCharity Photo Gallery Alert: Equest Women’s Auxiliary Luncheon And Style Show Patron Party

Robyn Conlon and Beth Thoele

Heather Washburne, Vicki Howland and Elisa Summers

Not only did Equest Women’s Auxiliary Luncheon and Style Show Chair Beth Thoele arrange to have home run for the Tuesday, October 3, fundraiser at Brook Hollow. First, she got Robyn Conlon to serve as her honorary chair. Second, she managed to have Highland Park Village serve as the presenting sponsor. Third, she and her committee tapped HP Village’s first ladies Elisa Summers and Heather Washburne to receive the Equest Award for Community Service. Fourth, Beth along with Jan Strimple are having some of the pick-of-the-litter HP Village merchants like Carolina Herrera, Escada, Etro, Hadleigh’s, Lela Rose, Market and Veronica Beard showing their fashions on the runway.

Carolina Herrera fashion

Carolina Herrera fashion

Carolina Herrera fashion

As a treat, the luncheon patrons got to see a preview of a handful of the Carolina Herrera collection with Herrera staffers from NYC to answer any and all questions at a party on Wednesday, September 20.

While the post is being finalized, check out the peeps and fashions at MySweetCharity Photo Gallery.

MySweetCharity Opportunity: 2017 Equest Women’s Auxiliary Luncheon And Fashion Show

According to 2017 Equest Women’s Auxiliary Luncheon and Fashion Show Chairman Beth Thoele,

Beth Thoele (File photo)

Equest Therapeutic Horsemanship was founded in 1981 and was the first riding center in Texas for children and adults with all types of physical, cognitive, emotional and learning disabilities. One of the organization’s most important sources for funding is the annual Equest Women’s Auxiliary Luncheon and Fashion presented by Highland Park Village.

We have selected “Reins of Hope” as this year’s theme for the luncheon that will be at Brook Hollow Golf Club on Tuesday, October 3. The event will include presentation of the Equest Award for Community Service to Elisa Summers and Heather Washburne whose family has been longtime supporters of the organization. In addition, Equest stalwart and philanthropist Robyn Conlon is serving as honorary chairman and will be recognized for her contributions to the community.

Elisa Summers (File photo)

Heather Washburne (File photo)

Robyn Conlon (File photo)

Jan Strimple (File photo)

The day’s activities will include a runway fashion show produced by the renowned Jan Strimple, featuring clothes from Highland Park Village retailers, seated luncheon and raffle.  We will reveal the participating fashion partners in early September.

Help us empower, enrich and educate through horses by visiting www.equest.org.

Equest Women’s Auxiliary Fashion Show And Luncheon List Of Highland Park Village Merchants Participating In The Annual Fundraiser Revealed

Equest Women’s Auxiliary Fashion Show and Luncheon Chair Beth Thoele just revealed the list of Highland Park Village merchants for the Equest fundraiser “Reins of Hope” at Brook Hollow on Tuesday, October 3.

Lela Rose (File photo)

Hadleigh Shaikh (File photo)

Equest finale (File photo)

Six of ’em are returning with the latest fashions of the season — Carolina Herrera, Escada, Etro, Hadleigh’s, Lela Rose and Market. Joining the veteran retailers will be first-timer Veronica Beard.

The fashion show will be produced by Jan Strimple with Robyn Conlon serving as honorary chair.

Surrounded By French Fashions, Equest Women’s Auxiliary Committee Learned About Wylie Sale And Style Show’s Honorary Chair

With French designer Roland Mouret holding court in the Glass House of Neiman Marcus Downtown, the Equest Women’s Auxiliary committee members like Auxiliary Founder Louise Griffeth, Elsa Norwood, Linda Secrest, Di Johnston and Stacey Walker, were being hosted by NM Downtown VP Jeff Byron for lunch on Thursday, May 18.

Roland Mouret fashion

Roland Mouret fashion

As models floated around the tables, Roland didn’t mind taking a purse from a couple of models and setting them aside until he spotted another walking mannequin whose look was ramped up with the addition of one of the errant purses.

Roland Mouret

Andy Steingasser

The big news of the day was Equest CEO Lili Kellogg’s reporting that the original Equest home base in Wylie had been sold thanks to Equest Board Chair Andy Steingasser, who also negotiated the cash deal and donated his commission to Equest.

According to Lili, the Equest program would be based at Texas Horse Park, where they could focus all their energies on established programs and expand to include partnerships with Paul Quinn College, the Dallas Police Department and the Dallas Independent School District.

Lili Kellogg, Beth Thoele, Jeff Byron and Angie Kadesky

In the meantime, she reported that the staff was busy making the move out of Wylie with a deadline of Thursday, June 1.

Regarding the Equest Women’s Auxiliary Luncheon and Style Show on Tuesday, October 3, at Brook Hollow, Equest Women’s Auxiliary President Angie Kadesky and Luncheon Chair Beth Thoele revealed that Robyn Conlon would be serving at the honorary chair.  

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!

JUST IN: Robyn Conlon To Serve As Equest Women’s Auxiliary Luncheon And Style Show Honorary Chair

Robyn Conlon (File photo)

Today must be “Honorary Chair Announcement Day.” This morning it was the news that 105-year-old Margaret McDermott would serve as the honorary chair for the Dallas Symphony Orchestra Gala.

Now, Equest Women’s Auxiliary President Angie Kadesky has revealed that joining Equest Women’s Auxiliary Luncheon And Style Show Chair Beth Thoele for the Equest fundraiser will be Robyn Conlon as honorary chair.

Presented by Highland Park Village, the fashions on the runway at Brook Hollow on Tuesday, October 3, will be from HPV with Jan Strimple heading up the production.

MySweet2017Goals: Beth Thoele

According to Equest Women’s Auxiliary Fashion Show and Luncheon Chair Beth Thoele,

Angie Kadesky (File photo)

Beth Thoele (File photo)

“I share common goal with Equest Women’s Auxiliary President Angie Kadesky.  In addition to chairing a sold-out luncheon and fashion show at Brook Hollow Golf Club on Tuesday, October 3, we would like to honor the children, adults and veterans, who are served by this incredible organization.  We have seen how lives are transformed through the wonder of a horse and incredibly dedicated staff and volunteers.

“Our secondary goal is to bring awareness and support to Equest’s mission to enhance the quality of life for individuals with diverse needs using horses to bring hope and healing through Equine assisted activities and therapies.”

Equest Women’s Auxiliary Luncheon Celebrated Equest’s 35th Anniversary With Guests Ponying Up For A Match Offer

Amigo, Rico and Teddy found Brook Hollow Golf Club to their liking on Tuesday, October 4. After all, the weather was perfect, the grass was green and they were the center of attention as guests arrived for the 2016 Equest Women’s Auxiliary Luncheon’s “Riding High.” For their being part of the greeting lineup, Equest‘s Amigo, Rico and Teddy had come all the way from Equest’s Wylie facility and they definitely didn’t use Uber. The three equines opted for trailer accommodations with their handlers (Alyssa Cigainero, Shelby Nicoletti, Lizzie Ball and Tia Turkeulainen) and riders (James Taylor in English attire and Ryan Wolf in chaps) in tow.

Teddy and Alyssa Cigainero

Teddy and Alyssa Cigainero

Rico and Tiia Turkulainen

Rico and Tiia Turkulainen

Ryan Wolf, Amigo and Shelby Nicoletti

Ryan Wolf, Amigo and Shelby Nicoletti

Program Director Joan Cutler, who started out as an Equest volunteer back in the ’90s, couldn’t have been happier with her crew of horses, volunteers and staffers on the country club’s grounds.

Inside the clubhouse, Equest Women’s Auxiliary President Di Johnston was also all smiles about the day. Thanks to fashion producer Jan Strimple and Highland Park Village’s Lela Rose, Alice and Olivia, St. John, Market, Etro, Akris, Carolina Herrera and William Noble Jewels, there would be more than 70 outfits on the runway.

But before the fashions would be presented to guests like last year’s Honorary Chair Carolyn Lupton, Jean Lattimore, Lisa Cooley, Elisa Summers, Heather Washburne, Nancy Carter, Jill Rowlett and Bela Piertrovic, the program got underway with Di revealing that one of the best days during her presidency was the one in which Kara Axley agreed to chair the luncheon.

Carolyn Lupton and Jean Lattimore

Carolyn Lupton and Jean Lattimore

Kara recognized the partnership that Equest has had over the years with Highland Park Village and its being this year’s presenting sponsor. She then introduced Park Cities Presbyterian Church Associate Pastor Dr. Pete Deison, who reminded guests that “the heart of Equest is compassion. It is a value that is slowly and sadly waning in our society because we have become a society that is more interested in what we see on our computers and on our phones that we do reaching out and touching other people. We are also interested in the things that go fast rather than the time it takes to saddle a horse and touch an individual that needs our help.”

Following the invocation, Kara introduced 2016 Honorary Co-Chair Bill Noble, who described the love that he and wife/2016 Honorary Co-Chair Lezlie Noble have for Equest as a star with the five points — the staff, the volunteers, the horses, the clientele (handicapped children and military veterans) and the donors. “Equest cannot do what they do without you guys.”

Equest CEO Lil Kellogg then described how children who spend most of their days in wheelchairs are taller than all others when they ride their therapy horses.

Following Lili, a video was shown with Equest Founder Susan Schwartz and others recalling Equest’s 35 years of providing equine power for those with physical and emotional challenges.

Louise Griffeth, Kara Axley, Lindalyn Adams and Di Johnston

Louise Griffeth, Kara Axley, Lindalyn Adams and Di Johnston

As the lights went up, Equest Women’s Auxiliary Founder Louise Griffeth was at the podium introducing the 2016 Equest Award for Community Service honoree Lindalyn Adams. Louise described Lyndalyn as a “Superwoman” who has been the driving force for countless nonprofits and community organization, as well as being a great grandmother of four.

Following Lindalyn’s being presented with an award from Tiffany, Louise said that she had more news. An anonymous donor had agreed to match any monies raised at the day’s luncheon in honor of the 35th anniversary of Equest.

Annie Griffeth

Annie Griffeth

She then added that the poster at the entrance of the clubhouse would report the tally of the day, and that the illustration had been created by her new daughter-in-law Annie Griffeth.

Kara provided one more bit of news. Fashion producer Jan Strimple and Akris would be hosting an event benefiting Equest in the Akris store on Thursday, October 6, featuring their new Aidentity handbag from 1 to 6 p.m.

She also announced that Beth Thoele would be chairing the 2017 luncheon.

With the removal of the podium, the fashions started parading down the runway.

The only oops of the day occurred when a couple of guests managed to sit down in front-row seats that had been assigned to others, driving the real seat-holders away to the north 40. Then the same twosome arrived at one of the big-buck tables, forcing one of the assigned guests to hit McDonalds for a bite—and the venue’s staff to squeeze in an extra chair and place-setting at the table for the other displaced guest. Confused by the situation, the table host thought the event organizers had reassigned her/his original guests with the permission and approval of the castaways. Oh, well, mix-ups do happen. But even a McDonald’s Southwest salad can’t hold a candle to Brook Hollow’s pecan crusted chicken.

Hooves And Heels Stood Their Ground At Jimmy Choo’s For The Equest Women’s Auxiliary Luncheon And Style Show Patron Party

Equest’s Sugar, the mini-ambassador equine, has retired to grazing with a 19-year-old gelding. In her place on Wednesday, September 28, was mini-ambassador newbie Dare, who knew just the right pose with guests at Jimmy Choo’s for the Equest Women’s Auxiliary Luncheon and Style Show Patrons Party.

Dare, Tyler Singleton and Reese Singleton

Dare, Tyler Singleton and Reese Singleton

Why, Dare was such a showstopper that passerby sisters 9-year-old Tyler Singleton and 12-year-old Reese Singleton couldn’t help but stop in their tracks to meet the little gelding. While not quite Jimmy Choo-ish, Tyler’s purple glitter clogs seemed to fit in with the sparkling shoes on display in the Jimmy Choo windows.

Lindalyn Adams

Lindalyn Adams

Di Johnston and Lili Kellogg

Di Johnston and Lili Kellogg

As Equest Women’s Auxiliary President Di Johnston and Luncheon Chair Kara Axley greeted guests like past Equest Luncheon chairs Angie Kadesky and Emilynn Wilson, honoree Lindalyn Adams made the rounds thanks to a super-duper, sit-down walker with spiffy cane.

Kara Axley and Angie Kadesky

Kara Axley and Angie Kadesky

Bill and Lezlie Noble

Bill and Lezlie Noble

Jimmy Choo boots

Jimmy Choo boots

Jimmy Choo boots

Jimmy Choo boots

Needing no assistance in getting around were Honorary Co-Chairs Lezlie and Bill Noble, who just strolled down from Bill’s headquarters and were joined by Equest CEO Lili Kellogg.

Of course, one of the highlights on the shelves were the Jimmy Choo boots. Why, they practically pay for themselves. Whether it’s Equest, Cattle Baron’s just honky-tonking around, couture boots are always the footwear du jour in these parts.

Equest Women’s Auxiliary Shopped And Partied Among The Luscious Lips And Fashions Of Alice And Olivia

Alice and Olivia lips

Alice and Olivia lips

With season in high throttle, a cluster of guests were filling Alice and Olivia on Tuesday, September 13. The draw and beneficiary was the Equest Women’s Auxiliary, which is holding its annual Equest Fashion Show chaired by Kara Axley. While no equine ambassadors were present, the mannequins were dressed to the max and the displays were filled with luscious lips. Fashion-loving and newly-engaged Fleming Longino was an early arrival to check out the goodies.

Kara Axley and

Kara Axley and Fleming Longino

Di Johnston and Kathy Fielder

Di Johnston and Kathy Fielder

Equest Board Member Kathy Fielder dropped by to check out a try-on in the dressing room, handed over her charge card and was off. Not bad. A percentage of the evening’s sales went to Equest.

When asked how the Equest Women’s Auxiliary Luncheon and Style Show on Tuesday, October 4, at Brook Hollow was going, Equest Women’s Auxiliary President Di Johnston reported that it was moving along smoothly. Once again the Jan Strimple-produced fashion show will feature highlights from Akris, Alice+Olivia, Carolina Herrera, Etro, Lela Rose, Market and St. John.

Unlike the cross-town Texas Trailblazer Luncheon being held smack-dab on the same day at the same time, Di suggested that it was an apple and oranges situation. One is an elegant and intimate fashion show and the other is a 1,000 plus award presentation with speaker. The fact is both groups are benefiting area families and that’s what matters.

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.”

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.

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 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.”

JUST IN: Equest Luncheon And Fashion Show Check Presentation Had An Oopsie

Equest Luncheon and Fashion Show Chair Emilynn Wilson and her crew including 2016 Auxiliary President Di Johnston and Kristina Whitcomb were thrilled to present a check for $221,200 to 2015 Equest Women’s Auxiliary President Beth Layton. The plan called for Beth then to hand it over to Equest’s Interim CEO Lili Kellogg.

It was all set to take place today in the Highland Park Village offices, and HPV head honcho Ray Washburne even left a meeting to join the presentation. Made sense, since HPV provided the glamorama fashions for the fundraiser.

But when the big, showy check arrived, there was a problem. The amount was wrong. There weren’t any sad faces, though. Seems that an additional $1,000 had come in just after the check had been produced. That’s why so many smiley faces appeared.

Di Johnston, Beth Layton, Ray Washburne, Emilynn Wilson, Lili Kellogg and Kristina Whitcomb

Di Johnston, Beth Layton, Ray Washburne, Emilynn Wilson, Lili Kellogg and Kristina Whitcomb

And, rest easy. Yes, the for-real, bank-accepted check had the right amount.

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.

MySweetCharity Opportunity: Equest Women’s Auxiliary

Beth Layton (File photo)

Beth Layton (File photo)

According to Equest Women’s Auxiliary President Beth Layton,

“Equest Women’s Auxiliary is not only a fund-raising organization to support Equest Therapeutic Horsemanship programming, but it is also a volunteer recruitment vehicle as well.

“The Auxiliary’s main fundraiser, the annual Luncheon and Style Show, slated for Tuesday, September 29, at Brook Hollow Golf Club offers many ways for individuals to support our great cause. Raffle ticket sales, luncheon set up and registration just a few of the roles that are important to the event’s success.

Jeff Byron (File photo)

Jeff Byron (File photo)

“We began our 2015 Auxiliary programming with a beautiful seated luncheon hosted by Equest board member/NM Downtown General Manager and VP Jeff Byron in The Zodiac at the NM flagship.

“Jeff explained to the Auxiliary volunteers, board members and luncheon committee that he is inspired not only by the ‘clients’ who are part of the therapeutic riding, but he is also moved by dedicated volunteers at the riding facility and the dedicated volunteers who work in the community to bring awareness and funding to Equest. That has set the tone for 2015.

“The Auxiliary’s mission is to provide all types of support, through voluntarism, to Equest on every level. We encourage anyone interested in horsemanship, therapy or just making use of your individual skills to become a part of Equest. The rewards of volunteering and becoming involved will be meaningful to everyone touched by this incredible program well beyond the annual luncheon.

“Visit equest.org to discover how you can join us.”

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.”

Equest Women’s Auxiliary Hands Over A $265,000 Check And Gets Good News In Return

The Equest Women’s Auxiliary Luncheon check presentation at Carolina Hererra turned out to be more than guests expected on Wednesday, November 19. No, the Equest mini-ambassadors Star and Tex were not present. But there was another surprise “a-hoof”… or, rather afoot.

Katherine Coker and Angie Kadesky

Katherine Coker and Angie Kadesky

Co-Chairs Katherine Coker and Angie Kadesky were like two peas in a pod. They looked adorable and thanked everyone associated with the Equest fundraiser. It was enough that they announced the check of $265,000 as being turned over to Equest, but then Equest CEO Patrick Bricker told the group that they hoped to get a few of the Equest horses to Texas Horse Park within a few weeks. He also said that thanks to meeting with neighboring communities, the proposed tollway that would have spelled a bronco of a problem for the Equest operation in Wylie had failed.

A check for $265,000 is presented to Equest

A check for $265,000 is presented to Equest

Then Patrick revealed that Equest fav Lili Kellogg had just been named Equest’s executive director for Texas Horse Park. Equest vets gasped in delight. Lili starts January 15.

Neiman Marcus Downtown Honors Equest Women’s Auxiliary With Lunch In The Legendary Zodiac Room

So exactly what do the ladies who lunch talk about? Well, the Neiman Marcus Downtown luncheon honoring the Equest Women’s Auxiliary on Tuesday, June 10, proved to be a perfect sampling.

At the back of the age-old Zodiac Room, where Helen Corbitt used to rule with a big spoon, little girls celebrated their birthdays with Princess cakes and flowerpot desserts and Bobby Short played for guests at Mr. Stanley’s 90th birthday party, a longer-than-long group of tables was set up nicely with white tablecloths, linen napkins with silver napkin rings, arrangements of red roses and menus lighter than baby chick’s feather.

Equest Women's Auxiliary table

Equest Women’s Auxiliary table

As a group of men in shirt sleeves ate at another table and a handful of women with daughters in shorts and workout garb ordered lunch at another area, ladies like Louise Griffeth, Ann Dyer, Emily Hargrove, Cara French, Elizabeth Gambrell, Juliette Coulter, Margaret Hancock and Anne Besser took their places.

Katherine Coker

Katherine Coker

NMDT General Manager/Vice President Jeff Byron made no secret that Equest held a special place in his life. Each Saturday he heads to Wylie to volunteer his services. He chuckled that his mom, who had attended the recent Triple Crown Gala, had a better understanding of her son’s Saturday ventures. According to Jeff, “She thought I was just trying to get out of lunch with her.”

Angie Kadesky

Angie Kadesky

Equest Women’s Auxiliary President Katherine Coker in thanking Jeff and addressing the group revealed that it was also Equest Luncheon Chair Angie Kadesky’s birthday. Angie simply smiled saying, “29 once again.”

Speaking of Katherine and surprises, it seems the week before she surprised her husband Key for their anniversary. Carefully, she had checked with his BBVA Compass management team and arranged a number of “faux” meetings on Friday.

That morning she woke him up at 3 a.m. for what he thought was a 6 a.m. meeting. Instead he discovered he was booked on a flight to Cabo with Katherine to celebrate.

But not all talk was about birthdays and anniversaries. At one end of the table a gent guest was surprised to discover the ladies just talked about “stuff.” For instance, how shirts with less than 5% spandex do not require dry cleaning; how hydrogen peroxide can remove determined stains, etc.

And you just thought fundraising ladies just solicited funding for their 501 (c) 3’s. Nope. They share hints like everyone else. Only they do it after raising loads of money for their nonprofits.

Equest Women’s Auxiliary Fashion Show Rides High In The Saddle With Awards, Clothes, Kids And A Noble Cause

Equest Women's Auxiliary fashion show

Equest Women’s Auxiliary fashion show

The Equest Women’s Auxiliary Luncheon and Fashion Show is not the show-iest. It’s not the highest money maker. It’s not the biggest. But still there’s a gentility and quality to it that has made it one of Dallas’ must-attend events.

Tex, Pam Perella and Claire Emanuelson

Tex, Pam Perella and Claire Emanuelson

This year’s Equest fundraiser proved that point with laser precision on Tuesday, October 8, at Brook Hollow.

As the Equest mini-ambassadors (Tex and Sugar) grazed in the grass outside in picture perfect weather, 400 guests including Neiman Marcus Downtown’s Jeff Byron, designer Jan Barboglio, Lindalyn Adams, loads of 10 Best Dressed (Nancys Carter and Rogers, Robyn Conlon, Claire Emanuelson, Lynn McBee, Kim Miller, Pam Perella, Lisa Troutt, Ellen Winspear, etc.) arrived.

Ann Dyer and Tiffany Divis

Ann Dyer and Tiffany Divis

Before the fashions from Highland Park Village (Lela Rose, Diane von Furstenberg, Leggiadro, Anne Fontaine, Stella McCartney/Kids, Escada, Trina Turk, Saint Laurent Paris and Carolina Herrera) were on the runway, Equest Women’s Auxiliary President Ann Dyer reported that the auxiliary had doubled its membership in the past year. After recognizing key people in the audience, Luncheon Chair Tiffany Divis and Underwriting Chair Jennifer Houser presented Honorary Chair Francie Moody-Dahlberg with a Tiffany blue box.

Francie Moody-Dahlberg

Francie Moody-Dahlberg

The mood changed to a heart-rending one when Tina Wentz described the importance of Equest in the life of her late son Jonathan, who died just a year ago. She told how each horse that had worked with Jonathan had impacted his all-too-short life.

A video was shown which further explained the effect of Equest on children in the program. A quote summed up the confidence and feeling instilled in program participants: “If a child can control a 1,000-pound animal, why can’t they go out and control their own lives?”

Louise Griffeth

Louise Griffeth

That was a hard act to follow, but jeweler/horse lover Bill Noble, who has recently been named president of the newly formed Equest Men’s Auxiliary, handled it with charm and humor. In addition to his and wife Lezlie’s both being raised on ranches, Bill scored major points saying, “Dallas is a city where women do all the work.” Being the consummate salesman, he then followed it up with a pitch for the ladies to have their husbands sign up for the men’s auxiliary. When he told the group about the upcoming Equest Men’s Auxiliary Golf Classic on November 3 and 4, Jocelyn White hollered out from the audience that women could play in the tournament, too.

Next up was Equest Women’s Auxiliary Founder Louise Griffeth, who presented her dear friend and Equest supporter Nancy Carter with the Community Service Award in another Tiffany blue box.

Key Coker Jr.

Key Coker Jr.

It was now time for the show, with the kid models upstaging all the pros once again. Pops in the audience who rearranged their schedules to see their model children included Key Coker. His son Key Jr. last year proved himself a real showman and he once again didn’t disappoint.

But a fashion show is more than showcasing the latest and hottest fashions of the upcoming season. It’s about raising money for the organization. Event producer Jan Strimple explained how she did it in this case: “We literally saved about $5,000 on lighting. We were able to focus existing overhead lights on the runway, plus use chandeliers. It’s all about saving money and making money for the charity.”

Jennifer And Doug Houser’s Turtle Creek Townhouse Glowed With Regal Gilding And A Stable Crowd For Equest Announcement

They’re not the horsey set that you find chasing the foxes or competing in the Olympic dressage category. Sure, they love good horseflesh, but it’s for a different reason entirely. It’s to help those seeking improvement. Whether it’s children struggling with cerebral palsy or vets adjusting to a life after service, Equest’s program of equine therapy has brought people from all walks of life together.

Fraser and Rhonda Marcus

Fraser and Rhonda Marcus

And a heck of lot of them (Louise Griffeth, Lynn McBee, Ellen Winspear, Di Johnston, Barbara Durham and Rhonda and Fraser Marcus) replaced their boots with heels and their jeans with pearls and suit jackets for a cocktail reception at Jennifer and Doug Houser’s Turtle Creek palazzo last Wednesday, July 10. The occasion was the formal announcement of the Equest Women’s Auxiliary Luncheon and Fashion Show’s honorary chair — Francie Moody-Dahlberg.

Before the announcement took place, guests got a chance to enjoy the surroundings that were fit for Russian royalty. And, they should be. After all, Jennifer’s ancestors were part of the Hapsburg Empire. On one wall was a 1902 photograph of Jennifer’s great-grandmother in a gold frame. Was it her wedding picture? No, it seems that great-grandmama, who was from Budapest, was competing in a beauty contest and came in second.

Gilded mirror over the fireplace mantle

Gilded mirror over the fireplace mantle

As for the furnishings, the antiques, like the Russian chairs and chandeliers, were from Paris and Leon and based on rooms in the Versailles palace.  As for the gold gilding, it was done by Sherry Hayslip’s brother, Allan.

Jocelyn White

Jocelyn White

Jocelyn White served as tour guide, while Jennifer did double-duty hosting. Doug was stuck in traffic returning from Fort Worth. Joce and husband Kim Seal, who has moved his desk of operation from Republic to Fidelity title company, spent time with the Housers when the two couples were on the same Mediterranean cruise last year.

Then it was time for the intro. To get attention, Jennifer rapped a knife on a glass and all eyes were directed toward fashion show Chair Tiffany Divis, who had no problem explaining Francie’s being tapped for the role.

Tiffany Divis, Jennifer Houser, Francie Moody-Dahlberg and Ann Dyer

Tiffany Divis, Jennifer Houser, Francie Moody-Dahlberg and Ann Dyer

As Equest Women’s Auxiliary President Ann Dyer looked on Equest CEO Patrick Bricker extolled the importance of the auxiliary to the 150-170 riders, who weekly participate in the program in Wylie. With the addition of the Texas Horse Park to Equest’s roster of locations, they’ll be able to help twice as many children and adults.

But growth demands additional funding, and that is why the Equest fashion show/luncheon on Tuesday, October 8, at Brook Hollow with Highland Park Village fashions is so very important.