The Black Tie & Boots Ball, featuring cocktails, dinner, dancing and a live auction, will be held at Bryn Clovis, Brushwood Farm in Malvern.
The evening begins with cocktails and appetizers, including a specialty cocktail to toast Cinco de Mayo, which can be enjoyed on the lawn under centuries old oak trees, overlooking the rolling hills and paddocks filled with thoroughbreds owned by Betty Moran’s Brushwood Stable. Guests then move into the tent for dinner and dancing, during which the live auction will be called by Samuel T. Freeman & Co.
Eight fabulous items will be auctioned this year, beginning with a cruise for two on Holland America. A 10-day, overnight stay at the Top Ranch Riding Camp in the Poconos will appeal to the equestrian guests at the Ball. A VIP suite at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, including a ride on the Zamboni and a signed jersey will entice hockey fans. For the fashion conscious, there’s a limited edition Hermes bag and scarf.
For those who love Devon but can’t get enough of it, there’s the Devon Insider Package, which includes two passes and parking for the entire 11-day show, two grandstand seats for the Grand Prix on Thursday, May 31, a VIP suite party for 12 on Sunday, May 27 to watch the Carriage Pleasure Drive judged in the Dixon Oval, two seats on one of the four-in-hand coaches during an evening performance and two tickets for First Night at Devon on Wednesday, May 23 from 6 to 8pm, a reception and cocktails with art available for sale.
Another goody for the fashion conscious is a shopping spree at PerLei Boutique in Media. Brandywine Radio has donated two half-hour segments, hosted by one of the radio’s announcers, during which the purchaser can promote his business or any other item of his choosing. For the intrepid traveler, there are two unrestricted business class tickets on Lufthansa to any of its worldwide destinations.
Entertainment for this year’s ball is Sugarfoot Farm, featuring musicians George “GT” Corrigan and Jim Unger playing classic, danceable rock-and-roll. Catering is provided by Jimmy Duffy Catering, and tent entry décor is courtesy of Sunshine Landscapes.
Bryn Clovis is the thoroughbred breeding farm owned by Betty Moran, who has campaigned such champion race horses as Belmont Stakes winner Crème Fraiche, Aintree Grand National winner Papillon and I”m Sweets.
In 2004, Brushwood Stable bred Hard Spun, who, in the colors of Rick Porter of Wilmington, Del., went on to finish second in the Kentucky Derby, third in the Preakness and fourth in the Belmont Stakes.
The Black Tie & Boots Ball is sponsored by Pepsi Beverage Company with Wells Fargo as the presenting sponsor. Special thanks go to 1800 Tequila & Familia Camarena Tequila, SKYY Vodka and Tableleaf Wines.
For additional information, call the Country Fair office at 610.525.2533 or visit the website at www.devonhorseshow.org.