Equest Gala Co-Chairs Annie And Teal Griffeth’s Love Story Is The Stuff That Arabian Nights Are Made Of

This story originally appeared in MySweetCharity on November 9, 2018.

Sometimes a friend’s setting you up on a date works… sometimes it doesn’t. In the case of Annie and Teal Griffeth, it worked big time and Equest is one of the beneficiaries.

Backstory: Before Teal shipped out to Afghanistan, a friend introduced him to an artist friend — Annie — who had attended high school with the buddy in Hawaii. Over the next seven years, Teal served as a Green Beret and Annie’s reputation as an artist crossed the waters with showings in Europe and Japan, as well as in the States. They continued to keep in contact and the bonding grew.

Upon Teal’s return three years ago, Annie and Teal got hitched. Since then they have split their professional time — Teal has been a commercial broker at Lincoln Harris Properties and Annie has continued her professional work that includes corporate clients like Greystar, Tri-Star Development Partners LLC, Sherwood Construction Inc., and Cape Crossing Resort and Marina in Cocoa Beach, as well as volunteering as a teacher at Jubilee Park and Lakewood Elementary.

Now, how does this marriage benefit Equest? Simple. Teal’s mom is Louise Griffeth, founder of the Equest Women’s Auxiliary.

Word has just arrived that “AnnTeal” will be co-chairing the 2019 Equest gala — Arabian Nights Gala — on Saturday, March 23, Sixty Five Hundred.

In addition to the seated dinner, the live and silent auctions, DJ Lucy Wrubel and an after-dinner performance by the Taylor Pace Orchestra, there will be the inaugural presentation of the Citation Awards. Named after thoroughbred legend Citation, the award will be presented to a person, who has “demonstrated this same spirit of excellence in support of Equest.”

According to Annie, “This will be Equest’s 38th fundraising gala, and we believe it is going to top all others. We are working with a dream team of committee members, volunteers, and staff. It is our wish to raise the most funds, and I don’t think we will need a genie in a lamp to make that happen. We will see magic through the Dallas community’s generosity and philanthropic heart.”

Of course, sponsorship has its advantages and in this case the opportunities start at $2,500 as a category sponsor and $5,000 for a table of ten. While patron tickets ($500 each) that include priority seating and two raffle tickets are available now, general tickets ($250 each) will be available if space allows starting Friday, February 1. Tickets and sponsorships are available here!

CJ Bankhead