The Great Charity Challenge
The Great Charity Challenge presented by Fidelity Investments® (GCC) was founded by Mark Bellissimo and his daughter Paige in 2010 as a way for the equestrian community to give back to Palm Beach County.
In the last seven years, the GCC has distributed over to $9.2 million to 200 Palm Beach County Charities.
The 2017 event will be held during the 4th week of the Winter Equestrian Festival on Saturday, February 4, 2017 at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center.
From imagination to animation, this family-friendly night will offer free general admission and will feature Starsky, the event mascot. Equestrians will compete on behalf of 34 randomly drawn charities, while dressed as their favorite animated characters. At stake: a share of the $1.5 million dollar purse. All spectators are invited to attend dressed in their favorite costumes as well.
Gates will open at 6:00pm with the first horse on course at 6:30pm.
Free off-site parking is located at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival facility across the street at 13500 South Shore Blvd., with a free shuttle over to the PBIEC grounds. On-site parking at PBIEC is $20 per carload. Valet is $30.
The Great Charity Challenge is a relay style equestrian jumping competition with teams consisting of two junior/amateur riders combined with one Olympic or world-class rider. The 34 rider teams are randomly paired with 34 charities that serve Palm Beach County. Some features of the GCC Event:
- 100% of all proceeds go straight to benefit charities
- The winning team of riders will be awarded $150,000 for its charity
- Every charity selected will win a guaranteed minimum of $15,000
- Not a selected charity for the Challenge, don’t panic. Additional to the selected 34 teams, we hold random drawings and award grants to deserving charities.
The application process to participate in the 2017 GCC is open from October 15 through November 15, 2016. Every charity selected to compete in the Great Charity Challenge is guaranteed to win a donation to support their cause. All participating charities are required to utilize 75% of their funds in Palm Beach County, so these donations directly impact the community. To view the complete list of charities and donations received since the beginning of the Challenge, please visit the event website: www.greatcharitychallenge.com.
Equestrian Sport Productions, which produces the event, wishes to thank all the generous individuals, families and corporate sponsors who donate to what has become Palm Beach County’s single largest charitable event.
For more event information, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org