Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Nashville and Westchester Social Diary

North Icelandic Horse Club performing at The Dances with Horses II benefit.
WESTCHESTER, NY: On a recent Sunday afternoon, over 450 guests gathered at Coker Farm for The Dances with Horses II benefit, organized by the Westchester Horse Council’s (WHC) Board and led by President Debbie Shecter. The event benefited St. Mary’s Rehabilitation Center for Children, which lacks the equipment necessary for much of the complex medical care and rehabilitation work provided to patients suffering from life-threatening conditions. Through ticket sales and the silent auction, volunteers were able to raise $8,000 that will go directly to helping patients of the medical center.

Judy Richter, Coker Farm’s owner, donated her land for the benefit, which a few patients from the St. Mary’s Healthcare Rehabilitation Center for Children spent the afternoon enjoying. Attendees watched Westchester riders Kristen Tregar, Nicki Esdorn, Joe Calandra, Gail Nardozzi, Steve Shecter, Simone Gell and Lisa Pierson.
Coker Farm's Zebra
Event planner and President of Maplemint Enterprises, Inc., Alison Minton of Katonah, and her mother Barbara Minton, Board Member of WHC for over 20 years and current Treasurer, joined WHC President Debbie Shecter, Vice President Lawrence Mignone, Secretary Sue Baruc, Chairman John Baruc, Mary Jane Anderson, Nancy Himmelblau, Agnes Stangarone and Jose Boyer, MD in volunteering for the afternoon’s horse and rider exhibition, pony rides, face painting by Westchester resident Stephanie King, petting zoo and more.

Donors to the silent auction included: Steiner Sports, Bedford Poolscapes, luxury jewelry designer Adria de Haume, art expert Michel Cox Witmer, Scaglio’s Market Place, Willie Nick’s Restaurant, Leahy & Johnson Attorneys at Law, S.P.I. Books, ART Images, Cross River Pharmacy, Gardentales, Horse Connection, Lucia Restaurant, Scott’s Corner Market, True Value Bedford Hardware, Allison Weiss Brady, The Lady Barber Kathleen Giordano, Craig Danforth, Maplemint Enterprises, Inc., and landscaper Cheryl Thomsen, as well as Judith Ripka and Cartier. The auction continues online at the WHC web site ( due to the high number of items collected.
Westchester Horse Council's Nancy Himmelblau, John Baruc, Debbie Shecter, Jose Boyer, MD, Mary Jane Anderson, Barbara Minton, and Sue Baruc
Barbara Minton and Alison Minton
Face painter Stephanie King and Jessica Drozd
Agnes Stangarone with Katie Mosca and Annie
Coker Farm owner Judy Richter and Kristen Tregar
Lawrence Mignone and Jose Boyer, MD
Dino Rivera, Alison Minton, and Michel Cox Witmer
Bedford Fire Department members Dave Wollin, Jason Siemers, Maryann Newman, and Linda Cady
NASHVILLE, TN: Nashville’s annual Ballet Ball was held this year at Loews Vanderbilt Plaza. The evening was a tour-de-force combination of dinner and dancing with more than 400 guests indulging in a delicious meal and enjoying the perfection of Nashville Ballet dancers Rachel Ellis and Christopher Mohnani giving a sneak-peek of the then upcoming performance; Swan Lake.

This annual social event is the primary vehicle for raising funds for Nashville Ballet to create new ballets, enhance production of sets and costumes, generate growth in the Learning Curves Outreach program, and to increase number of public performances through out the Middle Tennessee area. The 2007 Ballet Ball posted record setting revenues which will assist Nashville Ballet to reach a greater level of community outreach and performances in the next year.

One of the highlights of the evening was the presentation of the prestigious Vasterling Award to Ronnie Scott. Mr. Scott has served on the Board of Directors for over 20 years, and has been a major contributor to Nashville Ballet. Ballet Ball co-chairs, Anita Baltimore and Elizabeth Greer honored Mr. Scott’s passion and support of Nashville Ballet with the giving of a bronze statue. The bronze statue of Nashville Ballet dancer, Christine Rennie was commissioned by nationally renowned artist Alan LeQuire, and is one of two statues represented in the collection.

Founded in 1981 as a civic dance company, Nashville Ballet became Middle Tennessee’s only professional ballet company in 1986 and is now the second largest performing-arts organization in the Middle Tennessee. Nashville Ballet presents a varied repertoire of classical pieces and contemporary works by noted choreographers, as well as original works by Artistic Director Paul Vasterling, which are performed worldwide. Through performances and education/outreach programs, Nashville Ballet reaches more than 40,000 adults and children annually.
Ted and Arlyn Cherney, Anne Shepherd, and Vance Little
Don and Anita Baltimore (co-chair) with Lynn and Elizabeth Greer (co-chair)
Ron and Brenda Corbin
Mr. and Mrs. Greer
John and Nancy Cheadle
Jay and Donna Richards with Lucie and Lucius Carroll
Lee and Emily Noel with Cathy and Howard McClure
Shirley Harvey and Alfred Fiandaca
Alfred Fiandaca and June Bogle
Laura and Jeb Gerhardt
Elizabeth Greer, Clare Tucker, and Anita Baltimore
Frances and Eugene Lotochinski
Donnie and Elizabeth Nichols with Ellen Martin and Gerry Nadeau
Donna Richards, Nashville Ballet Artistic Director Paul Vasterling, and Jamie Beckwith
Chuck and Representative Marsha Blackburn
Cathy and Howard McClure
Elaina and Ronnie Scott

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