Hundreds turn out for annual polo event

Summergrove Farm in Folsom was the host site for the 18th annual Junior League of Greater Covington’s Harvest Club Polo on Oct. 19.

In addition to the exciting polo matches by the New Orleans Polo Club and the Parade of Breeds from local horse farms, patrons were treated to fabulous food and special beverages from more than 30 regional restaurants and vendors. The event also featured live entertainment by the New Orleans Rhythm and Blues Company.

Following the polo matches, live and silent auctions and a $5,000 Gucci raffle, presented by Lee Michaels Fine Jewelry, kept the guests entertained. The VIP Lounge tent featured live viewing for the Saints game. The annual Pretty Woman Hat Contest was won by Michelle Davis, of Mandeville, whose purple hat was definitely the star of the show.

More than 1,500 guests joined chairwomen Bailey Morse and Caroline Devereaux on the greens of the farm. The Polo Classic is the organization’s primary fundraiser, with funds used to support St. Tammany community projects such as Read for the Record, Career Closet, Project Prom, Kids in the Kitchen, Girls’ Health Day and Spring Stomp Run. In addition, the group supports the local Habitat for Humanity Women’s Build program, the New Heights Equestrian Therapeutic Riding Center and the Children’s Museum of St. Tammany, which is still in development.

For information on the Junior League of Greater Covington, visit www.jlgc.net.

Frame of Mind raises funds for NAMI

The St. Tammany Art Association partnered with the National Alliance of Mental Illness St. Tammany to present the Frame of Mind art exhibition and gala recently.

Guests were greeted by the soft music of Jerry Hess, and the brilliant, colorful artwork displayed on the walls was the creation of client artists living with mental illness.

NAMI’s goal for the event was to highlight the artists’ work, and to raise public awareness of mental illness through support groups and educational programs. Proceeds from the sales of the artwork will be given back to clients, with ticket sales, sponsorships and auction proceeds benefitting NAMI.

The back studio featured auction items, with the center showroom serving food and beverages. Intriguing art filled the studio, including sculptures and three-dimensional works. Bidding was fierce on many of the items, including floral-themed art and landscapes.

Tracy Moseley serves as the project coordinator for NAMI, and Nicholas Richard is the executive director. For information on NAMI, visit namisttammany.org or call (985) 626-6538.