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Kit Webster holds the reins while Harford Family House board members Rose Satz, Jewell Thompson, Carol Taylor and Kristin Klein pose with Copenhagen.

Horses for the Homeless gala raises more than $100K

About 250 people gathered recently at The Water’s Edge Event Center in Belcamp for Harford Family House’s annual Horses for the Homeless Gala. This was the premiere of what will be an annual event for the nonprofit, made even more important and meaningful during its 25th anniversary year. The fundraiser raised $100,000 after expenses and not including event sponsorships, which is a record for any HFH event. Event proceeds, combined with the money raised at its Family Fun Day meant that HFH was able to achieve its 25th anniversary goal of raising $250,000. These funds will support HFH’s work as the largest provider of emergency and transitional housing for homeless families in Harford County.

Horses for the Homeless was celebrated in the style of Maryland’s Preakness Stakes, with many guests wearing Preakness-inspired apparel, such as hats and sundresses for the ladies and suits with boldly colored ties and shirts for the gentlemen. Notable attendees included: Steve Smeltzer and Deborah McCollum of Jones Junction; Steve and Sandi Linkous of Harford Mutual Insurance and Merle Norman Salon and Spa; Matt and Carol Rehak of Harford Financial Group;  Lance Hersh and Tina Wade of Saxon’s Diamond Centers; Mary Chance, Director of Administration of Harford County; Richard and Dawn Huffman of Celebree Learning Centers; Dr. Mary Teddy Wray of Laurel Bush Dentistry; Dr. Jeffrey Horowitz; Pam Klahr, CEO of the Harford County Chamber of Commerce; Harford County Council members Chad Shrodes and Dion Guthrie; and Sheriff Jesse Bane.

Lance Hersh, owner of Saxon’s Diamond Centers and XO by Saxon’s, is pictured with fiancée Tina Wade.

Lance Hersh, owner of Saxon’s Diamond Centers and XO by Saxon’s, is pictured with fiancée Tina Wade.

Cecelia Helmstetter, of United Way of Central Maryland, and Susan Stover, of Aberdeen Proving Ground Federal Credit Union, attend the gala.

Cecelia Helmstetter, of United Way of Central Maryland, and Susan Stover, of Aberdeen Proving Ground Federal Credit Union, attend the gala.