King Ferry Winery Owner Sponsors PhelpsSports Challenge Gala, Battles Her Breast Cancer, and Helps Bring Awareness to Cause
WELLINGTON, FL – January 23, 2007 – The PhelpsSports.com Challenge of the Americas Presented by Collecting Gaits Farm is pleased to welcome King Ferry™ Winery, owned by Tacie and Peter Saltonstall, as the official wine sponsor of the gala dinner/dance that follows the competition. The PhelpsSports Challenge, a fundraiser for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, features Grand Prix team dressage musical freestyles and is scheduled for Saturday evening, March 10, 2007, at International Polo Club Palm Beach in Wellington, Florida.
“We are absolutely thrilled to have this world-class winery sponsor the wines for the PhelpsSports Challenge Gala,” said Mary Ross, the event’s founder and co-chairman. “Tacie approached me with this generous offer and is so enthusiastic about the event and the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. When she shared with me her own personal situation with cancer, and her love for dressage, it became obvious that this is truly a sponsorship from the heart with special meaning for both the event and for Tacie and her family. I am thankful to King Ferry Winery and the Saltonstalls for their wonderful support.”
Tacie Saltonstall is 53 years old, the mother of three children, an active dressage competitor, and a woman currently fighting her own personal battle with breast cancer. She trains with Pam Goodrich, who has been a performer in the PhelpsSports Challenge for the past three years, and it was through her that Saltonstall became aware of the event and attended last year. In September 2006, Saltonstall was diagnosed with breast cancer and began treatment in October. She has undergone two operations, is undergoing an eight-series chemotherapy treatment, and will undergo six weeks of radiation treatment. Saltonstall is now Stage 2/Grade 2, and cheerfully states, “I can beat this!”
Saltonstall has been a supporter of Ithaca Breast Cancer Alliance near her home for many years, and is now gratified to find a way to help the Breast Cancer Research Foundation through the PhelpsSports Challenge sponsorship.
King Ferry™ Winery, located near Ithaca, New York, was founded by the Saltonstalls in 1984. The winery produces 14 varieties of award-winning Treleaven™ Wines, including Chardonnay, Merlot, Pinot Noir, and Cabernet Franc, made from grapes that are hand-tended and hand-picked on the Saltonstalls’ 27-acre vineyard. King Ferry Winery concentrates on quality rather than quantity, and produces only 10,000 cases of very complex and full-flavored wines each year. For the PhelpsSports Challenge Gala, King Ferry Winery has generously donated 20 cases of their Treleaven Merlot and 20 cases of Treleaven Main Chardonnay.
“I was at the show last year to watch and it is so fabulous,” Saltonstall enthused. “And I just thought, the more we can support this, the more research is done, the better. The biggest thing I’ve learned is how drugs are changing, how everything is changing since 10 years ago. So, if this event can help get cancer research promoted, if we can get more people to come to this event, and we can have more money come in that can go to research, then God bless them! The Challenge brings together everybody in a cause to really promote awareness and get some money together for breast cancer. It’s just everybody opening their wallets and their minds to this disease. I never realized how many people have it.”
Saltonstall emphasized that awareness is key in fighting cancer, as she can attest from her own experience. “I was a little overdue [for her annual mammogram] and in the summer I found a lump. I thought, it’s going to go away. It didn’t and now I’m in this thing,” Saltonstall reports, referring to the intense treatment she is undergoing. “That’s the biggest thing – awareness to go get the mammograms. Do that because if you catch it early, it’s no big deal. It’s a big deal that you have to have the operations, but it’s not a big deal if it doesn’t get in the lymph nodes. They can just take it out, do a lumpectomy and five days of radiation and you’re out. That’s the cool thing. But for me, I had to do eight chemos. I get a month off and then I have six weeks of radiation.”
Saltonstall has been in Wellington since the first week of January to receive her treatment, which has enabled her to also devote time to her dressage riding. She’s been training with Goodrich for four years (and also trains with Jane Ashley of Vermont) and previously attended what she calls “grown-up dressage camp” in Wellington during the last three weeks of January, February and March when the winery is slow. This year, she will stay in Wellington continuously to April. “Since I’m doing chemo right next door to Wellington, I can stay down here and my staff overnights important bookwork to me for the winery,” Saltonstall explained. “It’s going to be great because I’m going to go out my first time in Prix St. Georges at the end of March. I’m really excited.” Saltonstall’s mount is Altengold, known affectionately by his barn name ‘Bennie’. “I have so much fun!” Saltonstall said. “Bennie is just the most wonderful guy. He’s my ‘turn the world off and focus on something else’.”
Saltonstall also credits her family – husband Peter, daughters Courtney 25, and Hattie, 22, and son Leverett, 18 – with helping her keep a positive attitude. “I have the most awesome husband,” she says. “My family is just my rock.”
Saltonstall noted that she became “bald as a cucumber” after the chemotherapy, but that condition has become a ‘look’ for the Saltonstall household. “At the end of October my husband and my son shaved their heads. My son looked in the mirror and said, ‘Wow! I look younger!’ I said to him, ‘You look like a skinhead! Someone’s going to arrest you. Have a little hair!’ My husband looked in the mirror and screamed, ‘Oh, my God! I have no hair!’ He looks sexy and he’s keeping it off!” she laughed.
Hattie Saltonstall, a fashion student at Savannah College of Art and Design (and a member of the school’s Equestrian Team trained by Coach Andrew Lustig) is developing an idea for raising funds for breast cancer research through one of her fashion designs.
Saltonstall also pointed out that her staff at King Ferry Winery have been essential in keeping the business going as she undergoes treatment. “Harvest is so grueling. That’s why getting breast cancer in October is just the worst possible thing because you have to deal with all the grapes coming in from the vineyards. My husband was pulling 90-hour weeks. It’s just brutal,” she shared. Because she was taking chemotherapy medications, Saltonstall was only able to work during the mornings and was instructed to limit her time with groups of people. “The medicines make you very tired,” she said. “I have a fabulous staff. They’ve just taken over for me.”
With a strong support system in place, Saltonstall remains in good spirits and notes how important it is to stay positive, saying, “That’s the key. I was incredibly scared in the beginning. ”
She is also thankful that her hobby, dressage, led her to finding out about the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, an organization that has been very helpful to her. “It’s just fabulous,” Saltonstall said. “And the doctors in Florida are incredible. I feel I’m in great hands. I’m going to beat this son-of-a-gun!”
King Ferry™ Winery Joins the Growing List of “PhelpsSports Challenge” Sponsors
As the official wine sponsor of the PhelpsSports.com Challenge Gala, King Ferry Winery joins the list of generous sponsors, including:
Collecting Gaits Farm
United States Dressage Federation
Play for P.I.N.K. (Prevention, Immediate Diagnosis, New Technology, Knowledge
UBS Financial Services Inc.
International Polo Club Palm Beach
Palm Beach Equine
Red Barn Feed & Supply
Cunningham & Cunningham Livestock, Inc.
Fidelity Federal Bank & Trust
King Ferry Winery
PhelpsSports.com Challenge of the Americas Presented by Collecting Gaits Farm
SCHEDULE OF FESTIVITIES
Patrons and Sponsors
Cocktails and Hors D'oeuvres
Sponsored by Fidelity Federal Bank & Trust
6:15 p.m. The PhelpsSports.com Challenge of the Americas
Team High Jump, Pas de Deux, Quadrilles
Patrons and Sponsors
Dinner and Dancing
Gold Table Patron: $6,500
Premier seating for 10 at the PhelpsSports.com Challenge of the Americas and The Challenge Gala; Patron table signage; Gold Level acknowledgement in invitations, event programs and on promotional posters displayed throughout the Wellington community.
Silver Table Patron: $4,000
Prominent seating for 10 at the PhelpsSports.com Challenge of the Americas and The Challenge Gala; Patron acknowledgement in the event programs and on promotional posters displayed throughout the Wellington community.
Bronze Table Patron: $2,500
VIP seating for 10 at the PhelpsSports.com Challenge of the Americas and The Challenge Gala.
Individual Patron: $250
VIP seating at the PhelpsSports.com Challenge of the Americas and The Challenge Gala.
Patron and Sponsor seating will be served cocktails and hors d'oeuvres during Challenge competition sponsored by Fidelity Federal Bank & Trust.
General Admission Tickets:
General Admission seating for the competition will be available at the gate for $20 per ticket.
TICKETS AND INFORMATON
For tickets, table reservations, and information about the 2007 PhelpsSports.com Challenge of the Americas presented by Collecting Gaits Farm, visit http://www.challengeoftheamericas.com
. For detailed information and sponsorship opportunities, contact
Mary Ross at 561-852-2591.
PHOTO CAPTION: Tacie and Peter Saltonstall amid wine barrels at their King Ferry™ Winery, sporting matching ‘coifs’ after her chemotherapy.
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