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.’”

Patrick Walsh Has Come Home With Tales To Share At The Inaugural Equest Men’s Auxiliary Golf Classic

Patrick M. Walsh

Patrick M. Walsh*

Hometown son Patrick M. Walsh retired from his job on March 1, 2012. You probably wouldn’t have guessed his career pick having been raised in very land-locked Dallas. But after graduating with honors from Jesuit College Preparatory, he headed to the U.S. Naval Academy, where he picked up a Bachelor of Science degree. That wasn’t enough for him, though. Nope. He headed to Tufts University, where he graduated first in his class, earning a Master of Arts degree in law and diplomacy. To top that off he enrolled in the doctorate program, receiving a PhD.

With all that education under his belt, he rose through the ranks of the “U.S. Navy, achieving the rank of four-star admiral and commander of the US Pacific Fleet” from 2009 to 2011. When the Japanese earthquake, tsunami and nuclear power plant struck in 2011, he headed up the U.S. military’s humanitarian response. But don’t go thinking he was just a boardroom strategist. During Operation Desert Storm he was a fighter pilot and a “member of the Blue Angels aerial acrobatics team.”

His reputation impressed various U.S. presidents including President Barack Obama, who appointed him “to inspect and investigate the prisoners being held at Guantanamo Bay.”

Let’s just say that his accomplishments were countless and impressive.

After retiring, he returned to Dallas. But he hasn’t been making a dent in the family couch watching TV with his wife Andy Kaye. In fact, he’s probably rarely home thanks to his various speaking engagements. One of those will be at the Inaugural Equest Men’s Auxiliary Golf Classic on Monday, September 9, at Las Colinas Country Club benefiting Equest Therapeutic Horsemanship. No, Pat won’t be talking on the fairway. He’ll be the keynote speaker at the Sunday, September 8th “Pairings Dinner” in the Las Colinas Country Club ballroom.

So, why have a former military man speak at an equine-type event? Because one of Equest’s programs is the Hooves for Heroes program, which helps vets “to improve overall wellness and better position them for a successful civilian transition.”

Hooves for Heroes*

Hooves for Heroes*

In addition to having Congressman Sam Johnson and Congressman Pete Sessions as honorary co-chairs of the tournament festivities, vets will also be honored at this first-time event for the newly established Equest Men’s Auxiliary.

* Photos provided by Equest Therapeutic Horsemanship