Polo luncheon to salute veterans, assist ECAD

Steven and Leora Levy, joined here by their four-legged friends, will be honored at the polo event.

Steven and Leora Levy, joined here by their four-legged friends, will be honored at the polo event.

A salute to America’s heroes is the theme of Educated Canines Assisting with Disabilities’ (ECAD) Second Annual Polo Luncheon at the Greenwich Polo Club on Sunday, Sept. 7.

Veterans from all of America’s conflicts, starting with World War II, will be in attendance for an event featuring lunch, cocktails, polo and puppies. Included in this group are graduates of ECAD’s Project HEAL Program accompanied by their service dogs. ECAD co-founders Dale and Lu Picard started the Project HEAL Program in 2009 specifically to educate and place service dogs with veterans of the armed services.

Being honored this year for their philanthropy and support of the military are Greenwich residents Leora and Steven Levy. They will be presented with the Pay It Forward award, named in honor of Gordon Raymond James, a Vietnam veteran and a lover of dogs.

Prior to the seated luncheon, which will be catered by Aux Delices, guests may cuddle with three-month-old Labradors who will soon be service dogs in training and, unique to this event, guests will have the opportunity to build a service dog one piece at a time by purchasing such puzzle pieces such as a nose, ear, heart, paw. Two good-sized puzzles have been specially designed by ECAD.

Silent auction items include stunning earrings from Betteridge Jewelers, a black truffle dinner in a private home, and a gift certificate for six at NYC’s Estela Restaurant.

Throughout the afternoon, guests will be entertained by the USO Singers and Vali entertainment. Special guest Erica Nicole, nominated for Best Country Female Artist by the 2014 Nashville Independent Music Awards, will perform the national anthem at the start of the polo match.

ECAD is a non-profit organization that educates and places service dogs so that people with disabilities, both visible and invisible, may lead lives with more independence and mobility. All proceeds from the polo luncheon will go toward ECAD’s programs.

The event opens at 11:30 with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, lunch is at 1:30, with the match starting at 3. Tickets are $200 per person.

For more information, visit Ecad1.org or call 914-693-0600, ext. 1950.

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