Photo © Lexey Hall.
Wellington, FL – February 4, 2015 – Superheroes are taking front stage at the 2015 Great Charity Challenge presented by Fidelity Investments® (GCC). On Saturday, February 7, 2015, during the spectacular pro-am relay show jumping competition at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center in Wellington, Florida, 34 lucky charities will be competing for a share of $1.5 million dollars.
The public is in for a treat as this year’s participating riders will be wearing “masks and capes” to help Palm Beach County charities!
The GCC, founded in 2010 by Mark and Katherine Bellissimo of Equestrian Sport Productions and their daughter, Paige, has distributed more than $6.2 million from the equestrian community to over 100 nonprofits in Palm Beach County over the last five years. This year, more than 400 local charities applied for a chance to be one of the 34 lucky participants in the running for the top prize of $150,000 with a sliding scale of prize money to the minimum $15,000 amount that every participating charity will win.
Mark Bellissimo commented, “Our theme this year is SuperHeroes, which is directed at the riders who donate their time and their horses, equestrian families and businesses who contribute funds, our staff who donate their time, and most importantly the executive directors and volunteers of these charities whose passion and commitment to their causes elevates and enhances the community.”
Paige Bellissimo added, “The GCC is a unique event that allows us to raise awareness of the diverse charitable organizations throughout the community. One hundred percent of the funds are distributed to charities and put to work immediately. The event gives a ‘leg up’ to the many heroes that lead these deserving nonprofits. We are very grateful for our rider teams, sponsors and partners who support the effort.”
This year’s event features a family-friendly evening on February 7 which includes many dining options, shopping, a petting zoo, magicians, street performers, face painters, carousel rides, children’s fair, and more. Doors open at 6:00 p.m.
FREE GENERAL ADMISSION AND FREE OFFSITE PARKING (shuttles to the main grounds provided): 13421 Southshore Blvd. Wellington, FL 33414
For a full list of participating charities, sponsors and additional event information, please visit: www.greatcharitychallenge.com.
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