About the Great Charity Challenge presented by Fidelity Investments®

 

The Great Charity Challenge presented by Fidelity Investments® (GCC) is an excellent opportunity for the equestrian world to give back to the community.

The GCC started in 2010, generating over $400,000 for 24 local charities. Today, the event has grown to 34 local charities competing for over $1.5 million each year.

 

To date, the Great Charity Challenge has distributed over to
$9.2 million to 197 Palm Beach County Charities.

 

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The Bellissimo Family: Paige, Katherine, Mark and Nicole. Founders of the Great Charity Challenge

 

To view a full list of charities and donations received since the beginning of the Challenge, please click here.

Click here to see the 2016 GCC highlight video

 

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The winning team of representatives from George Snow Scholarship Fund with Commissioner Shelley Vana, Councilman John McGovern, Councilwoman Anne Gerwig, riders Lindsay Tomeu, Kaely Tomeu, and Shane Sweetnam, team sponsors Lisa Lourie & Preston, Mark Bellissimo, and Commissioner Melissa McKinlay.

 

The application process

All Palm Beach County 501c3 organizations are invited to apply each year, starting on October 15 through November 15.

To qualify, your organization must submit an application during that time frame that demonstrates it is a 501c3 not-for profit, serves residents and visitors of Palm Beach County, has a presence in Palm Beach County, and will spend the money directly on service delivery.

Once the application process is completed, all applicants are subject to a thorough vetting process.  The drawing of the charities is held at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center in early December.

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Drawing of the charities: a lottery style random drawing.

 

 

How Charities Compete

The GCC 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 37 charities that serve Palm Beach County.

  • 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. In addition to the selected 34 teams, we hold random drawings and award grants to deserving charities who applied to participate in that year’s Great Charity Challenge.
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Rider Aiden Killeen during the 2016 GCC

 

Impact on the Community

In its first 7 years, the Great Charity Challenge presented by Fidelity Investments® distributed over $9.2 million to 197 Palm Beach County Charities.

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.

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Emotional moment for charity representatives during the 2016 GCC

 

To view a full list of charities and donations received since the beginning of the Challenge, please click here.

To view a video of how Palm Beach County charities have benefited from the event, please click here.

The 2016 GCC turned the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center into a field of dreams, where fairy tale characters joined in to support local Palm Beach County non-profit organizations. Please click on the photo below to view the event album:
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To view the 2016 GCC fund use report, please click here.   This report will show you first hand how the 2016 edition’s $1.6 million has benefited the community at large.

If you would like to inquire about applying for the GCC or have any questions/comments, please contact: acv@greatcharitychallenge.com

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