The annual twelve week event was held at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center, which is managed by Equestrian Sport Productions. The festival presented the Great Charity Challenge, which is an equestrian jumping competition that gave over $1.2 million to charities that participated this year. Teams that participated in the Great Charity Challenge are composed of one amateur rider, one junior rider and one Olympic rider, and then randomly paired with a charity to compete for prize money.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Palm Beach and Martin Counties placed seventh, winning a total of $37,500, presented by Mark Bellissimo, CEO of Equestrian Sport Productions.
About Big Brothers Big Sisters of Palm Beach and Martin Counties
BBBS provides children facing adversity aged 6-17 with volunteer mentors who serve as positive role models. Since 1986 the organization has provided mentors to children in Martin County and since July 2010 in Palm Beach County. Big Brothers Big Sisters of America (BBBSA) recognized the Martin County organization in 2007 as one of the 35 best performing agencies nationwide. BBBSA recognized CEO William P. Bee Jr. as “CEO of the Year- Small Agency Category” in 2007. South Florida Business Leader Magazine ranked BBBS in 2009 and again in 2010 as one of the top 100 South Florida small businesses. Visit www.mentorbig.org to learn more.