Wellington, FL – October 16, 2019 – With a growing national and global sense that partnerships are at the core of progress and impact, the Great Charity Challenge (GCC), presented by Fidelity Investments®, will once again sharpen the focus on the power of united communities this coming February.
For the past ten years, equestrians and their mounts have been uniting to support those that work tirelessly to better serve Palm Beach County, benefiting hundreds of non-profits at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center in Wellington, FL. These teams of riders have one goal in mind: to give local charities a chance to win up to $150,000.
Having distributed $13.5 million to over 240 Palm Beach County non-profit organizations to date, the exciting event hinges on the generous support of the equestrian community and local business partners. Through an open application process, the GCC encourages all Palm Beach County-based charities to apply to participate in the event’s eleventh edition through Friday, November 15, 2019.
Fortunate selectees will meet their randomly paired equestrian teams on Saturday February 1, 2020 to receive a share of the $1+million dollar purse. The winning team’s non-profit will receive $150,000 while all pre-selected participants are guaranteed a minimum grant of $15,000.
The application process is now open, and will remain active through 5:00 PM on Friday, November 15, 2019 via www.greatcharitychallenge.com.
All non-profit organizations in Palm Beach County are invited to apply and try their luck!
Founded in 2010 by Paige Bellissimo and Equestrian Sport Productions, the GCC has maintained its values of professionalism by being “impact-driven.” Transparency guarantees impartiality with its public lottery style selection process and that one hundred percent of the money raised gets distributed to local non-profits.
Over the last five years, the relay-style show jumping competition has brought team spirit to a new level by incorporating themes into each yearly celebration. With riders dressed up in costumes and horses adorned to match them, this year’s theme of “Broadway Musicals” will pay recognition to the wisdom commonly found in these plays. From “You can change the world if you change your mind” (Kinky Boots), “Even the darkest night will end and the sun will rise!” (Les Misérables) and “If you stand for nothing, Burr, what will you fall for?” (Hamilton), all who attend the event will leave inspired to foster the change they wish to see in their own backyards.
If you know of a deserving Palm Beach County-based charity, please have them visit www.greatcharitychallenge.com for full application details and information. Please note that the application process for the 2020 GCC is exclusively open from October 15 through November 15, 2019 (5:00 PM). To view how funding from the 2019 event impacted the community, we invite you to click here.
The GCC competition during the 2020 Winter Equestrian Festival at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center will offer free General Admission and will be held Saturday evening, February 1, 2020 at 6:00 PM. Free parking will be located at 13500 South Shore Blvd., Wellington, FL 33414, home to the Adequan Global Dressage Festival show grounds.