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Emergency Giving Guide to Highlight Non-Profits on the Frontlines of COVID-19

Wellington, FL – April 6, 2020 – To join the fight against Coronavirus, COVID-19, and support the local community, the Great Charity Challenge presented by Fidelity Investments® (GCC), a Wellington-based show jumping competition that blends equestrian sports and philanthropy, has created a Palm Beach County Emergency Giving Guide featuring 83 local organizations that are currently assisting the most vulnerable populations.

The evolution of the Coronavirus, COVID-19, globally, nationally, and locally has affected each of us in ways we couldn’t have previously imagined.

As mentioned by West Palm Beach Mayor Keith A. James: “The economic effects of COVID-19 are catastrophic. Therefore, we must do what we can to support our citizens, including our most vulnerable.”

Recognizing that these unprecedented times call for an unprecedented approach to community support, the GCC realized it is crucial to connect donors and supporters with non-profit organizations who are providing critical support during the COVID-19 epidemic.

From child welfare, emergency educational support, homelessness support, medical support and more, donors and supporters can easily view what organizations are doing, the challenges they are facing and see what their immediate needs are.

“Our hope is for individuals to utilize this tool to better understand emerging need and see how they can create the biggest impact in their communities,” commented event Co-founder Paige Bellissimo. “Many of us want to help and are overwhelmed as to where to start; this guide is a local roadmap.”

Having worked with over 255 Palm Beach County non-profit organizations, distributing $14.8 million locally over the last 11 years, the GCC has seen how charities create lasting change and impact.

“We were in a unique position,” adds Executive Director Anne Caroline Valtin. “In partnership with Bank of America, we perform rigorous due diligence on organizations that apply to participate in our annual event. Through this process, we strive to identify organizations that will create the most influential impact locally.”

In order to get this Emergency Giving Guide out in a timely fashion, all but a few entries who are marked with an asterisk as well as an accompanying note have been reviewed through the GCC’s earlier efforts, in association with the event’s 2020 edition, held on Saturday, February 1, 2020, at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center. This is done to promote transparency, but in no way should it be a seen as a red flag; due diligence is encouraged on behalf of potential donors.

In an effort to make this Emergency Giving Guide as user friendly and functional as possible, donors and supporters have two distinct ways to search for non-profits organizations:

Option 1: The Alphabetical Index by Organizations. If you are looking for a particular organization, this is a great avenue to quickly locate them in this Guide.

Option 2: The Alphabetical Index by Categories. Non-profits are proving to be nimble and are quickly reacting to the needs they are seeing in our community.

These categories therefore directly reflect the work that they are currently doing (rather than what they were doing up until the COVID-19 crisis).

We felt it was important to reflect their current efforts as they are “boots on the ground,” faced with the most pressing needs and have a greater understanding of the vulnerabilities of the people they serve.

You are invited to access the report by clicking here.

For additional information about the GCC, please visit www.greatcharitychallenge.com.

How $1.3 Million Will Be Put to Work Following the Great Charity Challenge

Wellington, FL – March 8, 2020 – Forty-nine Palm Beach County non-profits are putting their collective $1.3 million dollars in donations to use following their participation in Palm Beach International Equestrian Center’s 11th Annual Great Charity Challenge presented by Fidelity Investments® (GCC) held on February 1, 2020.

The GCC has become a highlight of the 12-week Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF), organized by Equestrian Sport Productions, and has distributed $14.8 million to 256 local organizations since its founding in 2010.

With reports compiled, highlighting how each benefitting non-profit organization plans to further their mission with the use of their earnings, the final numbers are in: 202,806 lives will be directly impacted following this year’s event. This is made possible, thanks to the contributions of 69 sponsors, donors, and partners.

“Non-profit organizations have an ‘optimized way’ of stretching the impact of a dollar,” comments Mark Bellissimo. “We are inspired to see their intended fund use reports and the number of lives that will benefit from their efforts.”

With grants ranging from $1,000 to $150,000, funding will assist with everything from providing financial stability to guarantee that the ones most at risk will not be left behind, to expanding existing programs and launching new ones in the community, as well as bridging the funding gap between government grants and fundraising.

“We are very grateful for the generous support of our donors,” adds event Co-founder Paige Bellissimo. “This event is a true team effort; we couldn’t do it without their vision, leadership, and belief that change happens at the local level. Many of them have been with us for many years, highlighting their genuine belief in giving back to the local community.”

To view the full intended fund use report, please visit: https://bit.ly/3awxsXN.

Here are a few examples of the funds at work:

For Vita Nova’s Drop-in center, “the Spot”, the $100,000 in funding received through the Great Charity Challenge will provide Intake and Assessment services for 200 homeless and disconnected youth. In addition, youth will be connected to medical and wellness services, education opportunities, including access to our on-site GED program, and case managers who partner with youth to establish and achieve goals related to employment and reduce homelessness.

Step by Step Foundation received $30,000; this directly reflects 5,000 backpacks, pencils, rulers, glue sticks, etc. to be distributed to Palm Beach County based children, plus personal hygiene products and basic necessities for vulnerable individuals, all in partnership with local non-profits.

For Back to Basics, the math is simple. $25,000 equates to at least 2,500 new school uniforms, all of which will enable children to go to school with dignity and be ready to learn. The funds received will enable them to grow their Uniform Program and extend their reach to eight additional middle schools with children that are living at or below poverty level.

Urban Youth Impact was one of five non-profit organizations who benefited from the generosity of the Ziegler Family Foundation, receiving a $10,000 grant. Funding will assist them in empowering 200 inner city youth through their programs, such as through “ReFrame”, a job training program for youth age 15 to 22 years old.

For HomeSafe, the lucky recipient of a Social Media Advertising Grant valued up to $18,000 presented by Great Charity Challenge partner and local digital agency Achieve, the next six months will be spent developing new campaigns to help further their important mission of protecting victims of child abuse and domestic violence, as well as reach new supporters in the community.

The GCC encourages non-profits to take a sustainable approach by awarding unrestricted funding, giving non-profits the ability to choose exactly how the grant will be best utilized to align with their long-term strategy. Donations are released upon a thorough review of their intended fund use plans; complementary quarterly reports will also update donors and the community at large of the progress/achievements being made locally.

“This strategy fully aligns with our 2020-2030 vision,” commented GCC Executive Director Anne Caroline Valtin. “Over the last ten years, we have witnessed first-hand that change happens at the local level. Our commitment for the decade to come is to further promote capacity building, enabling, and bolstering invaluable partnerships as well as concentrating on amplifying the event’s impact.”

All benefiting organizations will be reporting their progress quarterly for the upcoming calendar year. For the latest news and event information, 2021 application process, and sponsorship opportunities, please visit www.greatcharitychallenge.com.

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Challenge Choreographers and Music Makers Log 100s of Volunteer Hours

Six riders and their horses enter the arena in flamboyant costumes or more traditional dressage attire; pink is the predominant color. The 12 athletes line up in close formation and the music begins.

It’s the Challenge of the Americas (COTA) and, this year, five teams of Grand Prix riders and their well-trained horses will go head-to-head in precisely choreographed team quadrilles set to themed music — all to raise funds for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation through Play for P.I.N.K.

The colorfully festive event involves hundreds of volunteer hours and key to the event’s success are the quadrille teams whose riders, coaches, choreographers, music creators, grooms and support staff donate their expertise and time to help COTA achieve its goal to find a cure for breast cancer in our lifetime. Read more about the choreographers and music makers and how they make the magic happen here.

VIP tickets to the Challenge of the Americas Gala are available now. You can see more information about what a Gold, Silver, or Bronze table patronage includes as well as the benefits of becoming a Partner for Pink at challengeoftheamericas.com. You may purchase your VIP tickets, including individual seats, here. VIP seating with dinner and dancing begin at 6:00 p.m.

General Admission tickets will be available at the gate on the night of the event. Gates will open at 5:00 p.m. for General Admission seating. Tickets are $20 per adult and children 12 and under are FREE. Food and beverage will be available for purchase at the venue.

You can be assured that 100% of the proceeds earned from the Challenge of the Americas goes to help fund breast cancer research via Play for P.I.N.K. and the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Play for P.I.N.K. helps turn play into serious support. To speed advances in breast cancer detection, treatment, and survivorship, Play for P.I.N.K. (Prevention, Immediate diagnosis, New technology, Knowledge) supports thousands of volunteers nationwide as they raise funds for research through sporting and lifestyle events. Their efforts raise $4.9 million annually — and 100% goes to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

Over $1 Million Distributed to Local Non-Profit Organizations at Great Charity Challenge

Jessica Mendoza and Flashback VDS. Photo © Sportfot.

Wellington, FL – February 1, 2020 – Palm Beach County cheered as equestrians and their mounts, representing local non-profit organizations, competed for a share of more than $1 million in prize money at the Great Charity Challenge presented by Fidelity Investments® (GCC) on Saturday, February 1. Held at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC), the GCC has become a highlight of the 12-week Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) and has distributed over $15.8 million to 256 local organizations in 11 years.

The winning team of riders, Jessica Mendoza riding Flashback VDS, Caroline Mewhinney aboard Ballerine de Revel, and first time GCC participant Ana Sofia Rodriguez on Carolina du Toultia Z, sponsored by team sponsor Van Kampen Foundation and corporate sponsor CGM Farms, came in the ring to the music of the Broadway musical “Chicago” and finished with a time of 94.912 seconds. Their strategy and teamwork paid off for Spirit of Giving Network, a local non-profit organization that creates alliances with nonprofit organizations by sharing resources and providing education to strengthen local communities through a variety of causes. They earned the top prize of $150,000. The sliding scale for the balance of the proceeds, down to 24th place, won a minimum of $15,000, ensuring that everyone was a winner.

“The Spirit of Giving is a collaborative non-profit, and we have 72 other non-profit members underneath us that benefit families and children, but we have a lot of variety too,” said Executive Director Lindy Harvey. “So, not only is this helping us, it’s helping 72 other members and thousands of local children. It’s a very big win for us.”

Kent Farrington and Creedance Soar to Stunning Victory in Marshall & Sterling/Great American Insurance Group Grand Prix

U.S. Olympic team silver medalist Kent Farrington and Creedance did what they do best by galloping full tilt to win the $214,000 Marshall & Sterling / Great American Insurance Group Grand Prix CSI4* in the Global Ring at Equestrian Village (home to the Adequan® Global Dressage Festival) on Saturday, February 1, 2020.

From a starting field of 39 horses, 11 advanced to the tie-breaking jump-off set by Brazilian course designer Anderson Lima. After pocketing a grand prix win earlier in the season, Mexico’s Santiago Lambre was poised for a repeat before Farrington and Creedance charged into the ring. Farrington utilized the 13-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding’s exceptional speed to steal the lead by just under half of a second.

“Creedance is an exceptional horse; he’s naturally so fast and such a winner,” said Farrington of his mount (Lord Z x Notaris). “He’s unbelievably careful and at the same time very brave. He delivered like he usually does, and I was very proud of him today.

“I try to show him where he likes and not overuse him in places where I don’t think he needs to jump,” continued Farrington on how he manages Creedance’s schedule together with co-owner R.C.G. Farm. “I try every winter when I’m here to pick a few weeks where he comes out. The caliber of horses here is very high, and that’s why I think you saw such a strong result from a lot of people today.”

Augusta Iwasaki Sweeps Champion and Reserve in the Small Junior Hunter 15 and Under Division

The Small Junior Hunter 15 and Under division came to a close on Saturday in the Rost Ring with Augusta Iwasaki riding Heaven’s Dream to the championship. Iwasaki catch rode two horses in the division, but Heaven’s Dream came out on top.

Iwasaki and Heaven’s Dream won two classes on the second day of the division, and also received a second in the under saddle along with fifth and sixth places to rise to the top.

“He’s always game and does whatever is asked of him,” Iwasaki said of Heaven’s Dream, a 10-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding by Arko III.

Iwasaki rode Heaven’s Dream, or “Dreamy”, for owner Isabella Griffin of Hampton Cove, AL. Dreamy was recently imported during the indoors season, so he is still fairly new to showing in the United States. “He’s really beginning to put everything together in the ring,” Iwasaki described. “He is just a cool horse and also really nice to ride.”

For full results, please visit www.PBIEC.com.

Community Unites for the 11th Annual Great Charity Challenge

©LS Photos.

Wellington, FL – January 28, 2020 – This coming Saturday evening, the Palm Beach County community will once again unite during the annual Great Charity Challenge, presented by Fidelity Investments® (GCC). Held at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC), the GCC has become a highlight of the 12-week Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) and has distributed over $13.5 million to more than 240 local organizations in ten years.

Determined to feature the power of united communities, the GCC is an exciting show jumping event that blends equestrian sports and philanthropy, bringing hope to over 40 Palm Beach County charities every year. Founded by father/daughter team Mark and Paige Bellissimo, the 11th annual event will distribute an additional $1+ million to Palm Beach County non-profits. The event redistributes 100% of donations received, making all contributions fully tax deductible thanks to Equestrian Sport Productions’ generosity of covering all costs associated with holding the GCC.

“I think a really important aspect of this event is that it brings key players together to support the local community,” comments event co-founder Mark Bellissimo. “Year after year, we are inspired by seeing change in our own backyard. There are countless charities within Palm Beach County that work tirelessly to do just that; we are grateful to our amazing donors who give them access to additional funding, empowering them to do what they do best.”

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.

With February 1, 2020 marking National Freedom Day, PBIEC and the GCC will also be joining forces with all 12 Wellington public schools. The proposed initiative was made available for students in first through 12th grades, being given a 48”x60” blank canvas and asked to demonstrate what opportunities freedom offers while incorporating recycled materials, encouraging them to turn everyday trash into creative treasures. The “Art Gallery” will be open to the public and each school’s art department is guaranteed a minimum of a $1,000 donation for participating.

The GCC competition will offer free general admission and will be held Saturday evening, February 1, 2020, at 6:00 PM at the PBIEC, during WEF’s “Saturday Night Lights.” Free parking will be located at 13500 South Shore Blvd., Wellington, FL 33414, home to the Adequan® Global Dressage Festival show grounds.

For the latest event information, application process, and sponsorship opportunities, please visit www.greatcharitychallenge.com.

BioStar US Sponsored Quadrille Team to Perform Exhibition at Challenge of the Americas

Tigger Montague coaching Lisa Lewis and Allison Kavey of the BioStar US Quadrille Team.

Wellington, Fla. – Jan. 20, 2020 – BioStar US, maker of top quality whole food supplements for horses and dogs, is excited to announce its very own Quadrille Team set to compete in this year’s Challenge of the Americas (COTA) in Wellington, Florida. For 16 years, Challenge of the Americas has been bringing the equestrian community together to fight against breast cancer in one fun, competitive event and gala to benefit the Breast Cancer Research Foundation and Play for P.I.N.K.

“BioStar believes in supporting causes and organizations who seek to unite us, not divide us,” said Tigger Montague, founder of BioStar US. “The Challenge of the Americas is important both for its mission of funding breast cancer research and also for its ability to bring all of us in the equine community together.”

The renowned event features a musical Grand Prix Quadrille Dressage Team Challenge with the teams vying for the judges’ top marks of their choreographed routine. This year, BioStar’s team coached by Montague includes riders Lauren Chumley, Becky Cowden, Lisa Lewis, Sarah Schmitt, and BioStar sponsored riders Allison Kavey, Jim Koford (technical advisor and rider), and reserve rider Liz Austin. The team will dance to a musical routine, choreographed by Montague, in coordinating costumes to compete for the top honors of the night, bringing awareness and support to the event’s beneficiaries. The team’s practices are now underway as they prepare for the event, hoping to claim the first place prize for the second year in a row.

Set to take place Friday, March 6, at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival, the Challenge will also host a gala immediately following the evening’s competition that will include a gourmet dinner and an awards presentation for the top teams. Carrying on the festivities long after the show is complete, the gala will give guests, riders, and judges the opportunity to mingle and raise more funds for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation and Play for P.I.N.K.

Be sure to secure your tickets to the season’s most exciting charitable event and support Team BioStar US in the Quadrille competition.

To learn more about the 2020 Challenge of the Americas, please click here.

Take Me to Tokyo Gala Raises $1.5M to Publicly Launch “Raising the Bar” Campaign

Patti Scialfa and Bruce Springsteen. Photo by Jump Media.

Wellington, FL – The United States Equestrian Team (USET) Foundation publicly launched its $40 million “Raising the Bar” campaign on Friday, January 17, at the organization’s Take Me to Tokyo gala at Deeridge Farm in Wellington, FL.

With more than 500 guests in attendance, the gala event, featuring chairs Bruce Springsteen and Patti Scialfa and hosted by honorary chairmen Lou and Joan Jacobs, raised more than $1.5 million to support U.S. equestrian athletes and the U.S. Equestrian Teams headed to the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Those funds help put the USET Foundation one step closer to the non-profit’s $40 million “Raising the Bar” campaign goal, and, thanks to the generous support of committed donors, it was announced on Friday night that that goal is now less than $9 million away.

Since 2017, the “Raising the Bar” campaign has privately raised more than $31 million that will allow the USET Foundation to ensure that U.S. equestrian athletes and teams have the financial resources needed to be competitive around the world.

“The USET is the not-for-profit entity that funds our teams in all international disciplines – the engine that enables our teams to represent us around the world,” said USET Foundation President James McNerney in Friday evening’s opening remarks. “The funds support our High Performance programs, including our senior teams – for their travel, logistics, coaches, veterinarians.

“We also support developing teams and our emerging level athletes – the [USEF] Talent Search, for example, and the North American Youth Championships,” continued McNerney. “As you can imagine, this is an ambitious agenda, and it requires hard work and significant funding. It takes a committed community to keep us at the top of the sport and ensure we have a pipeline of talent to stay there.”

Each and every campaign donor is critical to the campaign’s success. Included among the lead donors, whose gifts have and will continue to make a lasting impact, are:

  • Abigail Wexner who funded the Wexner Olympic Endowment
  • Fritz and Claudine Kundrun who funded the Development Dressage Program
  • Jane Forbes Clark for the establishment of the Clark Endowment Fund
  • Jacqueline B. Mars for the establishment of the Giltedge Endowment
  • Paul and Wendy Raether for the Raether Show Jumping Endowment

Springsteen and Scialfa were also among those instrumental in making a lasting impact in the success of the Take Me to Tokyo gala, thanks to their live auction donations of a Springsteen-signed Harley Davidson motorcycle and a signed FENDER guitar. Springsteen took the stage to help auction off the items, and, with Springsteen inciting higher bids by offering to start singing if the value reached a certain point, the two items raised more than $300,000 – enough for Springsteen to take over the stage and bring the full-house crowd to its feet and onto the dance floor.

Now, following the event and the “Raising the Bar” campaign’s public kick-off, the USET Foundation looks to others to help reach the final fundraising goal.

“In this public phase, we will need everyone’s help to reach our $40 million goal this year,” said McNerney. “We have a big year ahead with the [FEI] World Cup Finals in [the United States], and the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Tokyo. The money raised through this campaign will help fund development through senior programs, not only this year, but also into the next quadrennial.”

The USET Foundation is a non-profit organization that supports the competition, training, coaching, travel, and educational needs of America’s elite and developing international, high performance horses and athletes in partnership with the United States Equestrian Federation. To learn more and to support the Raising the Bar campaign, please visit www.uset.org.

Danny & Ron’s Rescue Gives Back to Wellington Community with Animeals on Wheels Donation

Danny Robertshaw, Executive Director of Meals on Wheels Pam Calzadilla, Executive Director of Danny & Ron’s Rescue Nukhet Hendricks, and Ron Danta.

Wellington, Fla. – Dec. 27, 2019 – At the conclusion of an immensely successful year for Danny & Ron’s Rescue, founders Danny Robertshaw and Ron Danta are pleased to have the opportunity to give back to their local community just in time for the holiday season. This year donating $10,000 to Animeals on Wheels, an extension of Meals on Wheels of the Palm Beaches, Inc., the rescue is excited to help animals get the nutrition and veterinary care they need.

“The seniors who are served by our Animeals program often face decisions that no one should have to make,” said Pam Calzadilla, Executive Director of Meals on Wheels of the Palm Beaches. “They are making the choice between affording food, medical care/prescriptions, or feeding their beloved pet. We are so grateful to Danny & Ron’s Rescue helping to make sure they don’t have to make that choice.

“We see them sharing their meals or buying pet food instead of much needed prescriptions,” she continued. “The peace of mind afforded our seniors that comes with a regular supply of food and even necessary veterinarian care for their four-legged family members is immeasurable. Thank you, Danny and Ron, for your generosity.”

A non-profit organization designed to enhance the lives of the homebound in the local community, Meals on Wheels of the Palm Beaches provides nutritious mid-day meals to those who are unable to prepare their own or live alone. Meals on Wheels functions independently of government funding, relying on volunteers and donations from local residents, corporate partners, and foundations.

“Starting now during the holiday season, loneliness, stress, and financial worries are abounding. We hope to keep pets in the homes they love with the people who love them,” said Robertshaw.

Robertshaw and Danta are happy to donate back to those in need following the outpouring of support they have received since the release of their feature documentary, “Life in the Doghouse,” on Netflix and other platforms this year. Receiving support from viewers all around the world, Danny & Ron’s Rescue has had the opportunity to spread the word about their mission and expand the ways in which they help dogs in need like they never have before.

“Danny and I realize that far too often, a pet is the only source of love and comfort for seniors.  We want to work with Meals on Wheels to ensure that their clients do not worry about the cost of keeping their animals with them,” explained Danta.

The money donated to Animeals on Wheels will provide food and veterinary care to seniors in need with animals. Offering freshly prepared, nutritious meals five days a week to participating residents in the county, the program is vital to many in the community.

“As the newly appointed executive director and a new community member of the Palm Beaches, I am beyond thrilled that my first directive is to help seniors and their pets of my new community,” said Nukhet Hendricks.

The donation from Danny & Ron’s Rescue will also assist with the often times substantial veterinary costs associated with caring for pets young and old. The Animeals program is available for clients enrolled in Meals on Wheels of the Palm Beaches, and has been faithfully serving the local community since 2010. For more information about Meal on Wheels of the Palm Beaches or to make a donation, please visit their website here.

For more information, please visit the Danny & Ron’s Rescue website at www.dannyronsrescue.org or email info@dannyronsrescue.org.

Celebrate the Gift of Giving at Olympia, The London International Horse Show

Olympia, The London International Horse Show is renowned for hosting the world’s largest equestrian Christmas party, celebrated by top equestrian athletes and fans alike. Unbeknownst to many, the organisers also work behind the scenes closely with charities to provide a unique gift to disadvantaged children and adults through the Charity Box Scheme.

Over the course of the Show, which takes place from 16-22 December, more than 20 hospitality boxes will be dedicated to a variety of different charities, giving more than 400 individuals a chance to witness the world’s greatest equestrian stars in action and celebrate the festive period in style.

Charities who have previously been involved in this much valued initiative include The Carers Trust, which provides support for young and adult carers, The Golden Lion Children’s Trust, which aims to provide happiness to children with special needs and disadvantaged young people, as well as numerous Riding for the Disabled groups and many more.

The Charity Box Scheme allows up to 18 guests, selected by the chosen charity, to attend the Show. Guests can enjoy the breath-taking action and soak up the amazing Christmas atmosphere, whilst making the most of the fantastic hospitality, which includes a light meal and refreshments. Each guest also takes home an Olympia programme, cap, and rosettes as mementos of their special day out and may even be treated by a visit to the box from the Shetland Pony foal. This fluffy visitor, the official mascot of the Saracen Horse Feeds Shetland Pony Grand National, tries to make an appearance in all the charity boxes, providing guests with a unique hands-on experience, something which has proved particularly popular.

The scheme, which is now in its 25th year is currently looking for new sponsors of the Olympia Charity Boxes, so it can continue to help those in need. Charity Boxes cost £595 + VAT (£714) to sponsor and can be sponsored by an individual, group of individuals, charitable trust, or company. Each sponsor can choose his or her own charity to benefit from the box or select from one of Olympia’s regular charities. Sponsors receives two Gallery badges, so they can come and enjoy Olympia for the day, as well as visit their selected charities in their boxes.

If you would like to get involved with the Olympia Charity Box Scheme, and provide the chance for disadvantaged children and adults to have a truly magical Christmas day out, then please contact Frances Cass on 01753 847900 or hospitality@hpower.co.uk.

To purchase tickets for Olympia, please visit www.olympiahorseshow.com or telephone the box office on 0871 230 5580.

For more information, please contact:
Gayle Jenkins / gjenkins@revolutionworld.com / +44 (0)203 176 0355

Book Release of Mercury & Sirius

Just because we are different doesn’t mean we can’t be friends. We just need to care about each other. That is the magical message of real-life best friends Mercury and Sirius, a miniature therapy horse and his canine companion.

Therapy horse Mercury works with Gentle Carousel Miniature Therapy Horses, one of the largest equine therapy programs in the world. The therapy horses were called in to comfort survivors and first responders of the mass shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT, the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, SC, and the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, FL. They helped the tornado survivors of Moore, OK, victims of the fires in Gatlinburg, TN, families in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, and they visit thousands of patients in children’s and veterans’ hospitals across the country each year.  A multiple award winning, 501(c)(3), the charity is celebrating over 20 years of service and brings love to more than 25,000 adults and children a year.

The therapy horses also “bring books to life” for thousands of children each year inside schools, libraries, mentoring programs, at literacy events, and at education resource centers in high crime neighborhoods. Gentle Carousel’s literacy program has a special focus on at-risk readers.

The heartwarming friendship between Mercury and Sirius has been featured in national magazines and on television programs. Now they have a beautiful children’s book scheduled for release on November 15, 2019.  Mercury & Sirius is currently available for pre-order on Amazon (Prime), Barnes and Noble, and other top booksellers.

Gentle Carousel Miniature Therapy Horses