FAR HILLS, NJ— Sunny skies and cool autumn breezes set the scene for The Pediatric Oncology Equestrian Carriage Driving Program's annual Human Spirit Award Luncheon. The event, which honored Candi Covino Aversenti, CEO of General Magnaplate Corporation and a two-time American Saddlebred World Champion, was held at the historic headquarters of the United States Equestrian Team (USET) Foundation in Gladstone, NJ, on Sunday, October 11. “This year’s event was a huge success,” said committee chair Paula Duva. “We are looking forward to seeing everybody again next year, and hope that those who were not able to join us this year will be able to do so in 2010!”
In attendance at the event was Six-time Olympic veteran dressage rider Robert Dover, who served as the afternoon’s Honorary Chair, as well as television star and fashion guru Carson Kressley. Cocktails and hors d'oeuvres were served in the grand rotunda of the historic USET barn at Hamilton Farm, followed by a silent auction.
Guests were able to bid on a variety of silent auction items ranging in value from $25.00 - $250,000.00. Among some of the crowd-pleasing items were a silk gown from designer Carmen Marc Valvo, as well as a new Maserati and pre-owned Ferrari sports car.
A traditional horn blowing presentation served to commence live driving demonstrations made by Louis Piancone and wife Teri, in their vintage 19th century coach. Youngsters involved in the Driving for Surviving program also showed off their skills by driving a miniature horse or pony through a personally designed routine. The outdoor program was followed by a sit-down luncheon in the elegant USET stables built by famed financier James Cox Brady in 1916.
sharingVillage would like to thank the sponsors who were involved in this year’s event. Lead sponsors of the event include Bill Vince Auto Group, Brendahl Farms, Carol G. Simon Cancer Center/Atlantic Health Care, Coughlin Duffy LLP, Eleanor and Bill Vince, Equestrian Aid Foundation, Fannie E. Rippel Foundation, General Magnaplate Corporation, Homestead Miniature Horse Farm, James and Paula Duva, Louis and Teri Piancone, Neiman Marcus, PNC Wealth Management, Ronald McDonald House Charities, Wide World of Cars-Ferrari and Maserati, USET Foundation, and WineLibrary.com.
sharingVillage would also like to thank Johnny Robb of the American Shetland Pony Club/American Miniature Horse Registry for donating a driving Shetland Pony to their program.
sharingVillage is a 501c3 not-for-profit New Jersey corporation dedicated to helping child and adult survivors of life threatening illness and their families by providing the tools needed to understand and cope with the challenges of living with illness. Driving for Surviving is a program designed for children who have been diagnosed with cancer or other life threatening illness. All services are provided free of charge.
Further information on tickets, sponsorships and the opportunity to donate ponies or miniature horses to the Driving for Surviving program is available on line at www.sharingVillage.org, by email at office@sharingVillage.org or by calling 908-234-0334.