It definitely was a “hot night for a cool cause” at our Equus Fire & Ice gala. Over 300 guests enjoyed the evening with dazzling entertainment, great food, a hugely successful live auction and giving pyramid and a dance floor that was full until well past 11pm. surpassed its fundraising goal.
Guests enjoyed delicious food and cocktails while browsing silent auction items before moving into the ballroom where the real action happened. The evening kicked off with a video featuring Mane Stream clients, riders, volunteers and staff sharing what Mane Stream means to them. Following the video, our auctioneer for the evening, Charles Antin, started our exciting live auction which featured great vacations and experiences.
Although the auction was exciting, the real highlight of the evening for everyone was getting to meet Reagan, a Mane Stream therapy client. Reagan’s mom Kristen shared how the Mane Stream therapists and the horses Reagan loves so much have helped her achieve giant milestones - helping her to walk more confidently and speak more clearly. With Reagan’s newly found voice, she repeatedly grabbed the microphone during her mother’s speech to thank all the attendees herself.
After hearing about Reagan’s journey, our extremely generous guests raised their paddles for Adam Friedland’s Helping Hands Pyramid. Named in honor of a long-time member of the Mane Stream family who passed away in 2016, the pyramid exceeded all expectations raising an astounding $210,000 for Mane Stream’s programs.
At the conclusion of the pyramid, guests were asked to step outside for a surprise. The festive fireworks display was the perfect finale to this extraordinary evening celebrating Mane Stream and the generous community who supports us. The party continued on the dance floor with Chris and his crew from LJDJs and their amazing combination baby grand piano and dj booth.
Thank you to everyone who helped make Fire & Ice an amazing event. It was both a financial success and a great party. The overwhelming support for Mane Stream ensures that our clients, riders, horses and volunteers will continue to have the resources necessary to keep our programs thriving in the futures.
INFERNO SPONSORS: Frazier Industrial Company, Kirk Kellogg & Emily Maillet, The Peninsula New York Hotel, Red Tail Farm
SCORCHER SPONSORS: Advance Realty, The Brucker Family, The Greifeld Family Foundation. Hal & Kathy Kamine, Steve & Karen Kaufhold, Paul Miller Auto Group, PMC Wireless
TRAIL BLAZER SPONSORS: Andrew & Susan Reale, Kevin & Betsy Sullivan
SIZZLER SPONSORS: American Linehaul, Michael & Stephanie Glickman, Midtown Direct Properties, Rejuv Center for Cosmetic Rejuvenation, Samantha Fund of the Community Foundation of New Jersey, Weichert Realtors, Wood's Greenhouses
Committee Co-Chairs: Laura Brucker,Sofia Cocoziello and Emily Maillet
Katy Allen, Krissy Binder, Kara Bossert, Lora Butler, Beliz Crook, Sherry Donovan, Dawn Drozjock, Elizabeth Durden, Jill Friedland, Heather Gallagher, Stephanie Glickman, Sarah Gore, Rachel Kalafer, Karen Kaufhold, Kelly Ketterson, Donna Marki, Nancy McCaffrey, Jazz Merton, Beth Mikosh, Priscilla Miller, Yvonne Previdi, Lashana Reale, Susan Reale, Jeanne Rogalin, Marianne Saladino, Kristen Sameth, Kimberly Turiansky, Beth Vartuli, Alexandra Weichert, Jennie Weil, Rael Welsh, and Renee Wood
Amy Barkman, Debi DeLorenzo, Kathy Dermody, Julie Doyle, Laura Edelson, Sam Gonzales, Nancy Grossweiler, Justin Hendrickson, Emily Seguine, Karen Vogt, Matt & Dara Woitkowki