Perspectives on Life and Art - My heart is feeling grateful and full. It never ceases to amaze me when a small group of passionate people band together and make big things happen. On Oct 19th, we had our Barn Bash. First of all, I would like to thank our Barn Bash Committee. Ariana Roman, Chris Baker, John D’Andrea, Kelly Ellis, Cari Weiss, and Davina Merkel spent months planning, asking, preparing, advertising, and hosting our 4th annual Barn Bash. It was held at the beautiful Chateau Bellevue in Austin, where a dinner of braised chicken, steak, green beans, and roasted potatoes was served. The chocolate mousse was to die for, and I am sorry if you missed it!
John welcomed everyone and invited everyone to eat while he shared his story, including how he needed to be at the Ranch if he ever wanted to see me! He shared how his understanding of equine therapy worked and his perspective on the practice was forever changed by volunteering with one of his favorite participants.
Our keynote speaker, Alexa Nichols, asked everyone to help us by bidding big on the auction items, but more importantly, she shared her story about her accident and how her perspective in life had changed since her accident, but she would not give up! And then she sang “Over the Rainbow”, and it was beautiful and sweet.
And then the auction began! Howard Chase donated his time and talent, as well as the golf packages, and made the night both fun and profitable! Over $17,000 in in-kind donations and over $18,000 in cash was raised! He ended the evening by “selling” shares for the purchase of a Big Ass Fan, raising an additional $6,000. This will be a game changer next summer- we will no longer have to cancel or reschedule lessons because of the heat! By the way, it’s not too late to buy shares to join the Big Ass Fan Club. Just go to paypal and pay a friend (firstname.lastname@example.org), make a note of how many shares that you would like to “purchase” at $50/share. Your name will go on a small plaque in the arena as a member of the “Big Ass Fan Club”!
I want to end by thanking all of our Barn Bash Sponsors! Blue Cross Blue Shield Texas, Kohls of Round Rock and Kohls of Kyle, BlueBonnet Electric, Jane MacElree, Sugar & Dude, Joy Hart Realty, Ruby Porter, Kathy McKee, Merlot Enterprises, Sonia Martinez, HEB, Lauren Mikols, Kane Consulting, Stacey Soule, Shar Barnette, and Joan Calman. We so appreciate your support! And thank you to all of our supporters that made in-kind donations! Amy’s Ice Cream, BreWingZ, Sea Island Shrimp House, El Fenix, Maudie’s Tex-Mex, Juiceland, Kick Butt Coffee Café, Pappas Restaurants, Chuy’s, Rosa’s Cafe, Fairmont Austin, Omni Dallas Hotel, Omni Austin Hotel Downtown, Historic Taos Inn, Margaritaville Resort Casino, Elite Island Resorts, Doggy Day Out, Panic Room, Round Rock Express, SeaWorld San Antonio, Ski Taos, Sonoma Canopy Tours, Baylor University Basketball, Dripping Springs Distillery, Edge Addicts, Greg Johnson and Lowe’s, Master Gohring’s Tai Chi & Kung Fu, Medieval Times, Morgan’s Wonderland, Paramount or Stateside Theatres, River Place, Lisa Foight, Ghost Paper Glass, Russell Korman Fine Jewelry, Sage Recovery, San Antonio Spurs Sports and Entertainment, Twin Creeks, Target, Speed Zone, Hahn family Wine, the Lagunitas Brewing Company, Ben E. Keith Company-Beverage Division, Real Ale, Brown Distributing Company, Lewis Wines, Tito’s Vodka, Greta Olivas, JULIE PELAEZ STUDIOS, James Pricer, Gina Butler, Carol Hagen of Lily4carol Elyse Greenberg, Dave Hagen, Shefali O’Hara, Benjamin Knox Gallery, Jennifer Aaron, Kevin & Tanya Wymer, Kathy McKee, Sherri Ray, Tina Broussard, and any that I may have missed, you rock! To all that attended, it was fun seeing you and I sure hope that you had a great time!