21st Annual Pegasus Therapeutic Riding Easter Sunday Brunch – Mar. 27, 2016

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Although Bellatrix can’t have real horses in their dining room, life-sized horse cutouts adorned the corners of the main dining room and bar to support the 21st Annual Pegasus Therapeutic Riding Easter Sunday Brunch.

Approximately 125 turned out in their Sunday best, a few sporting Easter bonnets. Eggs and omelets made to order lined one side of the large entry, and carving stations lined the other side. The buffet included salads, chicken, fish and a lemon ravioli which sent many diners back for seconds and thirds.

Silent Auction items were on display in every room, including the bar, which housed Reggie’s Rack. All sales from Regina McGrath’s vintage clothes racks are donated back to this worthy cause. The horses of Pegasus Therapeutic Riding Academy provide much needed physical therapy for both horse and disabled rider.

Dan McGrath served as emcee. Chase Berke and Robin Montgomery were event chairs. Tricia Solomon Eppelheimer and her brother Michael Solomon filled in for their father, Pegasus Chairman of the Board Peter Solomon.

Attendees included Sherrie and Ron Auen and Catharine Reed of the Auen and Berger Foundations; Liz Vasek-Kane and the Donegan Burns Foundation, Sid Craig, Mimi Flint, Rhonda and Ray Smith, Karen Miles, Don Genhart, Lindi Biggi, DeAnn Lubell-Ames, Mona and Ed Sher, and Marilyn Hardee.

Board member Catharine Eklund Mares donated a vintage Judith Leiber bag valued at $40,000 for the Live Auction, and all 12 Pegasus horses were adopted for another year. The “adoption fees” pay for feed and vet bills, with each donor receiving a plaque with a photo of the adopted horse.

Pegasus’ next event is the annual Pets On Parade on July 9.

Pegasus Therapeutic Riding Academy
35-450B Pegasus Ct., Palm Desert, CA, 92211

Photography by Pat Krause


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