April 29th 2017 Equest Gala: Field of Dreams

The article originally appeared on the Pepper Stewart Show on April 10, 2017.

Three Week Countdown to the 2017 Equest Gala: Field of Dreams

DALLAS, Texas – The final countdown begins for the much-anticipated 2017 Equest Gala ~ Field of Dreams. On April 29, Equest will transform the Texas Horse Park into an elegant soiree where supporters, clients, and therapy horses unite to celebrate the achievements of Equest’s 35-year history and to raise money so that Equest can continue its mission to improve lives through the human-horse connection for years to come.

The sumptuous southern chic fundraiser, produced by Katy Sky Group, is led by dream team Co-Chairs Kathy and Jeromy Fielder and Honorary Co-Chairs Lynn and Allan McBee. Southern hospitality will be at its finest starting with a ‘neigh’-borly welcome from the Equest Mini Ambassadors and followed by signature cocktails, Bourbon and Biscuits Bar, and a farm-to-table southern gourmet dinner. Special exhibitions will showcase the exemplary Equest programs and activities, and guests can tour the immaculate stalls and visit the horses to create their own human-horse connection. Jocelyn White of Designing Texas and Jody Dean, morning host of KLUV 98.7 FM, will take the main stage as emcees to introduce the endless entertainment. Boots required – either Western or English Equestrian in style – to dance the night away to the live music of The Ray Johnston Band and Cary Pierce.

The Equest Gala is one of the charity’s largest fundraisers, and donation opportunities will not disappoint. There will be a live auction with prized items such as vacation packages at Las Terrazas in Belize and at Meadowood Napa Resort. A unique Lock and Key drawing allows one lucky winner (limited to 250 entries) to win a $2,500 gift certificate from Neiman Marcus. Plus, a silent auction will feature numerous desired items including a Neighborhood Services Dinner and Wine Tasting for Eight, Joule Hotel stay including dinner at Americano and breakfast at CBD Provisions, a limited edition Sailor Jerry x Schott NYC Perfecto leather jacket, and much more!

Says Kathy Fielder, a rising star as a lifestyle expert, television personality, and accomplished designer and entrepreneur of the luxurious Isabella Collection bedding ensembles sold globally, “It has been an honor to co-chair the gala this year. I have had the opportunity to see the tireless work by staff members and volunteers to provide hope, healing – even dignity – to children and adults with a variety of challenges and needs through the human-horse connection. Equest is a place of dreams, and the Field of Dreams Gala celebrates all those successes.”

The Equest Gala is made possible by its numerous sponsors including Benchmark Bank, Bridget and Tom Black, Connie and Denny Carreker, CrossFirst Bank, Franchek Dressage, Frontier Communications, HCK2 Partners, Kathy Fielder, Mass Mutual Financial Group, My Sweet Charity, Neuberger/Berman, PaperCity Magazine, Republic National Distribution Company, My Sweet Charity, Susan Schwartz, Cynthia Thomas and Bert Headden, Thompson & Knight Foundation, Thisbe Grace, Veritex, and Westwood.

About Equest

Founded in 1981, Equest provides equine facilitated activities, therapies and counseling to children and adults with physical, cognitive, sensory, coping and learning disabilities and veterans with adjustment challenges. The services provided include physical and occupational therapy, equine facilitated counseling, therapeutic carriage driving, therapeutic horsemanship and competition. With the help of 45 therapy horses, 10 instructors, four therapists, two counselors, and 400 volunteers, lives are changed on a daily basis for more than 1,200 clients served annually. Equest was the first PATH International Premier Accredited Center in Texas and remains one of the largest in the country. Equest offers an engaging volunteer program that provides 40,000 hours of direct program service opportunities each year. Equest was named “2015 Non-Profit of the Year” by CNM Connect.

The 2017 Equest Gala, themed “Field of Dreams,” will be held on Saturday, April 29, starting at 7:00 p.m. at Equest at Texas Horse Park (811 Pemberton Hill Road, Dallas, TX 75217). Sponsorships and individual tickets at www.equest.org/gala. For more information, visit www.equest.org

CJ Bankhead