One of our favorite events of the year is coming up very soon on May 10th. It is the Iroquois Steeplechase. We have had the lovely pleasure of covering this event in the past and are happy to announce that this year we were able to attend the annual spring luncheon.
The Iroquois Steeplechase spring luncheon was held in the little theater of the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt on April 2nd. This was a wonderful opportunity for us to meet the chairs, committee, and this year’s child ambassador Michael Stanley.
I was honored to attend the luncheon with my photographer Seth Farmer. We were greeted with tables filled with items you would normally see at Steeplechase; beautiful hats, play horses for the kid’s stick race, bowties and t-shirts from Vineyards & Vines. After photos with press, the committee members made their way through the line for the catered meal from lunch sponsor Maggiano’s Little Italy. (It was quite delicious!) Guests took their seats and a few committee members began their speeches.
Those in attendance included The Iroquois Steeplechase Leadership. They are Dwight Hall, Albert Menefee, Libby Cheek, Jane Ann Whitson, GeorgeAnn Dingus, and Jennifer Streams. The luncheon co-chairs were Nahed Zehr & Mary France McCullar. Development for the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt are Luke Gregory and Dr. Meg Rush. (Dr. Rush was the 2013 Iroquois Steeplechase honorary co-chair.)
Those in attendance also included the 2014 featured painter Christopher Scott Huffman who had his painting, “Home Stretch” on display, and various committee leaders.
This beautiful luncheon really exposed and featured the real reason the Steeplechase was started in the beginning –to benefit the children’s hospital. After working for six years at Vanderbilt performing bone marrow and stem cell transplants, I had the opportunity to share a number of personal experiences with the children in the cancer wing of the hospital. They do amazing things for those children. For example, I saw first-hand how donations can help. On transplant day, the children received large ‘goodie bags’ filled with everything from crayons to dolls and trucks. It was a simple gesture but seemed to brighten the child’s experience during a rather dark time. Transplant days were never easy on the children or the families. Know that your donations help in more ways than one.
For more information, visit iroquoissteeplechase.org