Tiffany & Co. of Palm Beach Gardens to Host Equestrian Idol to Benefit The EQUUS Foundation

Hillary Dobbs and Lou Dobbs at the 2010 Equestrian Idol event in Wellington, Florida.

WESTPORT, CT – December 19, 2010 – The EQUUS Foundation is pleased to welcome Tiffany & Co. Palm Beach Gardens as the Title Sponsor for its upcoming Equestrian Idol “All Stars” Musical Cabaret on Friday, February 4, 2011, in Wellington, Florida.

Founded in 1837 in New York City by Charles Lewis Tiffany, Tiffany & Co. has a rich heritage filled with celebrated events, artists and milestones that live on today in legendary style. Tiffany’s contributions have beautifully graced major events of the past two centuries.

“We participated in the 2010 event and are thrilled to become even more involved in 2011,” said Rebecca Brewer, Director of Tiffany & Co. Palm Beach Gardens. “The event is unique, fun, and raises funds to educate the public on the important role horses play in our everyday lives, not just in the competitive arena.”

Horses have been serving America for hundreds of years. Today, millions of people are involved with horses – recreationally, competitively, and therapeutically. Palm Beach County is no exception – competitively, the home of polo at the International Polo Club Palm Beach, show jumping at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center, and dressage at the Jim Brandon Equestrian Center. South Florida is also home to a number of therapeutic riding facilities like Vinceremos and horse rescue organizations like Pure Thoughts, both in Loxahatchee.

Casual chic will be the attire for this fun-filled evening, which will be the first event to be held in the “new” Grand Pavilion at the International Polo Club Palm Beach and will showcase cutting edge culinary catering trends and the latest in food styling of the new International Polo Club Catering Company.

The Idol event will feature a new format where the past Idol winners will pair up with contestants in a musical cabaret. Taylor Blauweiss, Ki-Juan Minors, Jen White Kane and Brian Lookabill are coming back to perform with Dianna Bricker, Hillary Dobbs, Casey Hodges and newcomers, Teaghan James and Robert Orthwein. The EQUUS Foundation is issuing an open call for three new performers. Anyone interested in performing should contact Lynn Coakley, The EQUUS Foundation, at (203) 259-1550 or via e-mail at equus@equusfoundation.org.

“We raise our funds for grant awards almost entirely from event participation. We are very grateful to Tiffany & Co. and our Honorary Committee for their support of our event,” said Patricia Keenan, Event Co-Chair with Catherine Herman. The Honorary Committee includes Dr. & Mrs. Vincent J. Abbatiello, Patricia Adikes-Hill, Bobbie Braun, Mr. & Mrs. Michael Carpenter, Flavia Callari, Mr. & Mrs. Lou Dobbs, Mr. & Mrs. William Dollard, Mr. & Mrs. Luis Escobar, Mr. & Mrs. Jerry Fadden, Mr. & Mrs. Jeff Hall, Kris Kampsen & Alexandra Solimine, Emily Kannenstine, Marylou D’Addario Kennedy & Sean Kennedy, Mr. & Mrs. Regis Lippert, Mr. &Mrs. Brandon Phillips, Dr. Denise Quirk, Kathryn Quirk, Esq., Mr. & Mrs. Kurt Soderlund, and Visse Wedell.

In order to raise funds, The EQUUS Foundation is seeking individuals and businesses throughout the equestrian and Palm Beach communities to assist with their gracious generosity. Donations are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law. Tables of eight are available as follows: Gold: $5,000, Silver: $3,200 and Bronze: $2,400. Individual seats are $150 per person.

For additional information on The EQUUS Foundation, Inc., visit the EQUUS website at www.equusfoundation.org or contact The EQUUS Foundation, Inc., 168 Long Lots Road, Westport, CT 06880, telephone (203) 259-1550, email to equus@equusfoundation.org.

About The EQUUS Foundation, Inc.
The EQUUS Foundation, Inc., established in August 2002, as a 501(c)(3) national charitable foundation, seeks to raise public awareness of the value of the horse in society through education and the awarding of grants to charities that use the horse to benefit the public, promote the health and welfare of horses, and elevate the equestrian sport as a whole.

The Foundation is governed by a Board of Directors, which is responsible for the selection of the grant recipients. The Board includes: Jenny Belknap Kees, Chairman; Catherine Herman, Vice Chairman; Jane FitzGerald, Secretary/Treasurer; Lynn Coakley, President; David Distler, David Goodwin, Patricia Keenan, Frank Madden, Richard Mitchell DVM, Clea Newman Soderlund, Susan Weber and Visse Wedell.

Thanks to the generosity of its donors, The EQUUS Foundation helps thousands of people and horses each year. Over $1.5 million in grants has been awarded since the first awards in 2003. Donations are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law.

Contact The EQUUS Foundation, Inc., at 168 Long Lots Road, Westport, CT 06880, Tele: (203) 259-1550, E-Mail: equus@equusfoundation.org, website: www.equusfoundation.org.

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