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Black Tie and Boots Ball Benefits Devon Horse Show and Country Fair Foundation

May 11, 2012 By: janwest Category: General

Among guests at the Black & Boots Ball May 5 to raise funds for the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair were from left to right: Vince Liuzzi, regional president of Wells Fargo Bank; Maria Trafton, vice president of Well Fargo; Wade McDevitt, president of Devon Horse Show and Country Fair and his wife Wendy; Mr. & Mrs. Samuel T. Freeman of the company that conducted an auction that raised $16,000. (Photo by Benda Carpenter).

MALVERN, Pa.—An enthusiastic crowd of 235 enjoyed cocktails, dinner, a live auction and dancing to the band Sugarfoot Farm during the Black Tie and Boots Ball at Bryn Clovis, Brushwood Farm in Malvern on Saturday, May 5.

The Ball benefits the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair, and the live auction alone raised over $16,000.

Wells Fargo is the Presenting Sponsor of Devon, and its signature stagecoach was situated on the lawn adjacent to the brightly lit and decorated tent, with many of the guests taking advantage of that to have their pictures taken standing beside it.

Following cocktails and hors d’oeuvres enjoyed on the lawn overlooking the hills and paddocks holding thoroughbreds owned by Betty Moran’s Brushwood Stable, guests moved into the tent for the live auction called by Samuel T. Freeman & Co.

Guests at the Devon Horse Show & Country Fair's fund-raising Black Tie and Boots Ball at Bryn Clovis at Brushwood Farm in Malvern on May 5 included, from left, Brushwood owner Betty Moran; Leonard King, chairman of the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair; Mimi Killian, chairman of the Black Tie Ball and Mrs. Killian's husband Kevin. (Photo by Brenda Carpenter)

Two unrestricted business class tickets on Lufthansa to any of its European destinations was the sales topper and brought the top bid of $4,500.

The cruise for two on HollandAmerica, donated by Cruisin and Main Line Vacations, was auctioned for $2,300.

The Flyers package, which included a VIP suite at theWellsFargoCenterinPhiladelphia, a ride on the Zamboni and a signed jersey, donated by Wells Fargo, was sold for $1,600.

Mrs. Albert F. (Debbie) Martin, chairman of the Devon Horse Show Country Fair, at the Black Tie & Boots Ball held May 5 in Malvern, Pa., for the benefit of the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair, with her daughter Kate, a Devon Horse Show and Country Fair volunteer. (Photo by Brenda Carpenter)

Mrs. Moran and George Corrigan, Sr. led off the dancing to the band that features Corrigan’s son, “GT” and Jim Unger. The guests obviously loved the music as the dance floor was crowded all evening and still full when the party ended at 11 p.m., the hour mandated by village ordinance.

Dinner was catered by Jimmy Duffy Catering, and the tent décor was courtesy of Sunshine Lanscapes. In addition to the presenting sponsor Wells Fargo and Lufthansa, Pepsi Bottling and Penn Distributors also sponsored the Black Tie and Boots Ball.

The Devon Horse Show and Country Fair, which benefitsBrynMawrHospital, runs 11 days, from May 24 to June 3.

Tickets may be ordered by phone at, 610-688-2554, or online at www.devonhorseshow.org.  General admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under and seniors 65 and over. Reserved grandstand tickets are available ranging from $12 to $55 depending on the performance.