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Horses for Huntington's fundraiser event coming to Effingham
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Enter the private world of an equestrian estate located near I-95 in Effingham County for coastal Georgia’s inaugural “Equestrian Affaire” combining the thrill of horsemanship with elegant outdoor fine dining on Oct. 28.  You’ll step back in time as your personal escort, a collegiate equestrian from Georgia Southern University, shows you to the field-and-forest themed tent holding your reserved linen-covered table.

In this storybook setting of pastures bordered with the beauty of autumn’s colorful foliage, you’ll partake of dishes from five food stations (representing the “five parts of the world” the major horse breeds originate) as prepared by some of the regions best chefs (such as Robert Wood from George’s at Tybee, and Paul Ganem of Johnny Ganem’s) and overseen by caterer extraordinaire, Chef Nick Mueller. The repast will begin and end with a collegiate touch as culinary students from Ogeechee Technical College serve “five” mini-breads and students from Savannah Technical College present “five” small-bite desserts. To whet your appetite, champagne from around the world will be served. There will be a fun-food station for children.

A personal horse expo will be held for guests throughout the day with ongoing demonstrations of horse care and horsemanship. The afternoon show will begin with a parade of horses to be followed by demonstrations of various disciplines: therapeutic riding, stationary roping, carriage, hunt, jump, dressage and more. Coordinated by Cheryl Toby a veteran Horse Expo presenter, James Cooler of Bluffton (known for “Equine Communication Without Boundaries”), and Eleanor Ellis from Evermore Farms.

There will be a silent auction and donations from the community are being accepted. Sample items: Isaac Mock, the Michelangelo of the South, has donated a  $5,000 sculpture commission, and a chef has donated an in-home catered dinner.

Alison Walmsley of Southeastern Orthopedic Center, and Timothy Walmsley of Hunter, Maclean, Exley & Dunn, will be the LHDG’s distinguished honorees for 2007 at the event.

Only 100 open tickets will be sold at $100 per adult. With adult purchase, a limited number of children’s tickets, 12 and under, will be sold at $5 each. Sponsorship tables are available, but limited. Ads may be purchased for the handout program to show support for the local HD group and/or to congratulate our honorees.

To request tickets/sponsorships/ads call Cindy at 754-1854 or Joann at (912) 598-0880.

HD is a life-changing disease that affects families through the generations. If your parent has HD you have a 50-50 chance of inheriting the disease. Symptoms usually appear in mid-life (30-50), but 10 percent are children. A few hundred in coastal South Carolina and Georgia may have the disease, with potentially thousands at risk. More than one generation may suffer at once.

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