Fourth Annual White, White West Party Makes Strides for Horses Healing Hearts

Chairwoman Jennifer Williams and Mike Egan
Chairwoman Jennifer Williams and Mike Egan

Wellington, FL - February 26, 2015 - A bit of country came to the Wellington social scene Friday night, February 20, 2015. The International Polo Club Palm Beach (IPC) transformed for an evening of elegant country glamor as guests supported local non-profit organization Horses Healing Hearts (HHH) at the fourth annual White, White West Party. The event returned bigger and better than ever, raising an unprecedented amount of funds to exceed their fundraising goals in an effort to continue growing their abilities to serve the surrounding community of children affected by families of substance abuse.

Spurs jangled and cowboy boots stomped as the dance floor filled, with over 300 guests, making their way into the Pavilion at IPC. Guests were dressed in their best west, with accents of white adorning their outfits as they represented the true meaning of "white, white west." They entered into a bidding frenzy over the silent auction items, while enjoying drinks and a delicious spread of prepared by the International Polo Club Palm Beach Catering and donated by Gordon Food Service.

The hot ticket items for the silent auction included Mother's Day Brunch at the Mar-a-Lago Club, golf at the Breakers, a dressage lesson with Marco Bernal, a lesson with Olympic show jumper Lisa Jacquin, polo lessons with Jeff Blake and Sugar Erskine, an African Safari, jewelry, clothing, spa packages and one-of-a-kind equestrian art.

Bling rings were visible throughout the room, lighting up as guests took over the dance floor to the musical styling of La Linea. Their vocals, music and attitude engaged the crowd, complementing the atmosphere with a lively night filled with laughs and smiles.

Founder of Horses Healing Hearts, Lizabeth Olszewski, enjoys dancing with guests to La Linea.
Founder of Horses Healing Hearts, Lizabeth Olszewski, enjoys dancing with guests to La Linea.

After the wonderful dinner and dessert, Founder of Horses Healing Hearts, Lizabeth Olszewski took the stage. A wave of silence washed over the crowd as she introduced Tiffany Vanhille, a 16-year-old member of HHH who has benefited from the non-profit organization for over four years. VanHille had the courage to stand in front of the crowd and tell her story, saying:

"When I first started going to HHH, I didn't think I really needed the skills they were teaching me-I thought my life would be perfect. My mom was three years sober, and my dad stopped yelling at me all the time, but little did I know that two years later, my mom would relapse and it would destroy my whole world. HHH helped me cope with my mom's substance problems when I couldn't deal with the emotional trauma. HHH has taught me so many things that would not be available to me otherwise. I don't know where I would be without Horses Healing Hearts. I am so incredibly thankful to Miss Liz for having the vision to make this happen."

The crowd was quiet and filled with emotion as supporters and newcomers learned the meaning of this unique equine experiential learning program. Emcee, Tim Byrd, took the microphone and introduced HHH's all-new inspirational video, which was shown on screens throughout the room for people to view, giving guests an even deeper insight into the local charity's good deeds. Board Member Daniel Hartwell led a live plea for scholarships for HHH, where an additional $5,000 was raised for the children of the local non-profit.

 Kathleen Hayden and Tiffany VanHille
Kathleen Hayden and Tiffany VanHille

Byrd introduced the legendary Tony Coppola, the voice of polo and the owner of The Tackeria, to act as auctioneer for the HHH Live Auction. Cowboy hats tipped to the local charity, as guests kept the bidding competitive on a number of fabulous items. The highlight of the night was the Steed Training: Cow Horse Experience. The package entered into a heated battle between two bidders, and ended with Rick Steed, founder of Steed Training, offering both parties the chance to experience a day of cutting, reining and herding cattle, doubling the amount raised for HHH with their generous donation.

White, White West Committee Members- Martha Medina, Randy Grimes, Mary Rosoff, Libby Zivick, Jane Springer, Chairwoman Jennifer Williams, Founder of HHH Lizabeth Olszewski, Susan Lundin, Maria Bernal, Ted Strelec, Ivonne Flamand, Karina Brez and Claudette Connors
White, White West Committee Members- Martha Medina, Randy Grimes, Mary Rosoff, Libby Zivick, Jane Springer, Chairwoman Jennifer Williams, Founder of HHH Lizabeth Olszewski, Susan Lundin, Maria Bernal, Ted Strelec, Ivonne Flamand, Karina Brez and Claudette Connors

The event would not have been possible without the hard work of the White, White West Fundraising Committee: Chairwoman Jennifer Williams, Maria Bernal, Karina Brez, Martha Medina, Ivonne Flamand, Randy Grimes, Daniel Hartwell, Susan Lundin, Mary Rosoff, Jane Springer, Ted Strelec, Claudette Connors and Libby Zivick. Horses Healing Hearts would also like to thank their 2015 Silver Sponsor, the Davis-McCullough Foundation and their Rhinestone Sponsor, Marianne Orndorff.

"I could not express enough gratitude for the support of our sponsors and the hard work of our Fundraising Committee and Board of Directors! The night was a true success from the food to the guests!" Olszewski exclaimed. "This year we expanded our awareness, our funds and aligned ourselves with important connections that will benefit HHH for years to come."

The 2015 White, White West Party, benefiting Horses Healing Hearts saw old-fashioned values, warmed hearts and brought a little white and western to the Wellington community. Guests traveled from as far south as Miami to as far north as Orlando to participate in the momentous night.

Steed Training: Susan Shelly, Tom and Suzanne DiRocco, Trevor Steed, Toni and Rick Steed
Steed Training: Susan Shelly, Tom and Suzanne DiRocco, Trevor Steed, Toni and Rick Steed

As the largest fundraiser of the year for HHH, all proceeds raised through ticket sales, auction items and donations directly benefit the children. HHH, a 501(c)3 charitable organization, is the only program in the nation using horses to help the specific demographic of children of alcoholics and addicts. Through the human and horse relationship, the children in the program are taught about responsibility and confidence.  

The money and awareness raised during the Fourth Annual White, White West Party helps accommodate the children who are currently on the wait list, allowing HHH to have more funds for the needed resources to continue pursuing their mission to provide an inspirational prevention education program that helps children of alcoholics and addicts build self-esteem and confidence by working with horses through equine experiential learning.

Horses Healing Hearts is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization dedicated to bettering the lives of children of alcoholics and substance abuse through equine experiential learning. To learn more about Horses Healing Hearts or how you can help with donations of money or time, log onto www.HHHUSA.org, e-mail Liz Olszewski at liz@hhhusa.org or call (561) 713-6133.




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