By all accounts the thirty-fourth annual Babies Heart Fund Gala was a huge success! The BHF Gala, held at The Pierre hotel, is an amazing event by any standard, and the Arabian Horses for Humanity was proud to debut Braveheart at this year’s celebration, where he was unveiled to over five hundred guests, all there to support a cause they are very passionate about—supporting pediatric cardiology research and transitional care programs for young adults. Braveheart, a gift to the Babies Heart Fund, will reside at the Columbia University Irving Medical Center where he will continue to raise awareness of not only pediatric cardiology research, but Arabian Horses as well.
But first there is the beginning to the story of Braveheart and the Gala! Brave Heart and all of his siblings were originally created by the world renowned equine sculptor Karen Kasper of Kentucky. Karen created the mold for the Arabian Horses for Humanity statues to start the program. Her work is highly sought after and she is well known for her work in the Thoroughbred and Hunter Jumper world as well as with Arabians. And Braveheart didn’t need a fairy godmother to dress in style thanks to the talents of international artist Romero Britto.
It is Britto that is responsible for creating Braveheart’s sunny, uplifting look, one that is at once unique and yet unquestionable identifiable as a “Britto Romer” work. Both Karen Kasper and Romero Britto donated their efforts to the program to create this beautiful statue.
The introduction of the Arabian Market and Development group and the Babies Heart Fund is thanks to Damien and Kelly LaPar, both of whom have donated a great deal of time to help the Braveheart project move forward. Damien is a pediatric heart surgeon at New York Presbyterian and Kelly and their daughters show Arabian horses.
But, that still leaves the nitty-gritty details of how Braveheart got to the Gala! As most guests arrive at the elegant front doors of the Pierre, discrete valets collect keys and vehicles are whisked away to one of the many magical, mythical (and hidden) parking garages while said guests anticipate a festive evening in a gorgeous setting. However Braveheart’s arrival was quite a different story. Braveheart has a pair of escorts, Mary and Pat Trowbridge and he hasn't pulled up in a limo, he’s arrived in a horse trailer! Valet parking just won’t do!