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Germantown Charity Horse Show Royal Ball

Royal Ball Revelry

Story by Bill Bannister | Photos by Don Perry

More than 500 guests were present at the beautiful Woodland Hills Ballroom for an elegant evening of royal revelry at the 2017 Germantown Charity Horse Show Royal Ball. The festivities began with a cocktail hour complimented by a table of scrumptious hors d’oeuvres laid out on fine linen. Delicious snacks included an assortment of gourmet cheeses along with hummus and veggies and a mouth-watering spinach dip.

After mingling, partygoers took their seats at the banquet tables for the welcome by special celebrity emcee Mike Montana of the Mike and Mandy morning show, and the presentation of the 25 princesses, followed by the coronation of Queen Virginia Elizabeth Barron. It was an historic occasion because Queen Virginia also happens to be the granddaughter of Mrs. Mary Liz Foster and the late Sonny Foster, who was one of the founders of the Germantown Charity Horseshow back in 1947.

Chairman of this year’s ball was Mary Aubrey Stafford, Princess Chairman was Nancy France, and the 2017 committee consisted of Cameron Kawell, Robyn Rudisill, and Ali Slott. Also on hand were President Virginia Walker, Vice President Bill Dudley, Secretary Lynda Smith, Treasurer Bill McGaughey, Executive Director Robert C. Lanier, Immediate Past President Jimmy Chancellor, and Directors at Large Brooke Ballenger, Audrey Landrum, and Mary Livesay.

Guests were invited to wear “Black Tie, Red if you have it”, to set the festive tone of this year’s ball. Germantown Vice Mayor Mary Anne Gibson was among the dignitaries present. After an elegant dinner, partygoers danced until half past eleven o’clock to the sounds of Jeremy Shrader and The Quintessentials.

The 2017 Germantown Charity Horse Show Royal Ball was sponsored by Outback Steakhouse, Conway Services Heating and Cooling, Audrey Landrum and Linda Sparks, Chancellor and Son, Chris and Dan Richards, FedEx Corporation, Pegasus of Germantown, R&R Plumbing and Mechanical Contractors, Sunrise Pontiac Buick GMC Truck, and the family of Harold Deford Walker Jr. Queen Virginia’s tiara was contributed by DeAngelis Jewelers, and the Queen’s Gift was contributed by King Furs and Fine Jewelry.

The Germantown Charity Horse Show is one of the Mid-South’s oldest and biggest charity events, attracting participants and visitors from all over the world. This year’s benefiting charity is The Exchange Club Family Center. Begun in 1984 to help prevent child abuse, The Exchange Club’s Mission is to break the cycle of child abuse and neglect by replacing abusive and violent behavior with effective parenting skills. The 69th annual Germantown Charity Horse Show will be held June 6 - 10 at the Germantown Charity Horse Show Grounds in Germantown.

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