Uniting the Community at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center 2019 Great Charity Challenge, Presented by Fidelity Investments®

Oct 15, 2018 - 4:24 AM

Wellington, FL – Monday, October 15, 2018 –

With a strong belief that change happens through the power of communities, Palm Beach County charities will get a chance to inspire and expand their impacts this coming February.

For the past nine years, equestrians and their mounts have been uniting the local community at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center in Wellington, FL. These teams of riders have one goal in mind: to give Palm Beach County charities a chance to win up to $150,000.

The Great Charity Challenge, presented by Fidelity Investments® (GCC) is inviting all Palm Beach County-based charities to apply to participate in the event’s tenth edition, a pro-amateur relay show jumping competition.

Thirty of these randomly drawn charities will meet their randomly paired teams on Saturday February 2, 2019, to receive a share of the $1+ million dollar purse.

The application process will open at noon today, on October 15, 2018, and will remain active through 5:00 PM on November 15, 2018.  All non-profit organizations in Palm Beach County are invited to apply and try their luck!

The GCC, founded in 2010 by Mark and Katherine Bellissimo of Equestrian Sport Productions, and their daughter Paige, has distributed more than $12.2 million from the equestrian community to 230 non-profits in Palm Beach County. One hundred percent of the money raised gets distributed to local non-profits every year, with first place receiving $150,000 and all participating charities being guaranteed a minimum amount of $15,000.

2018 GCC winners
Top 3 teams of the 2018 GCC. 1st place: Education Foundation, 2nd place: Quantum House, 3rd place: StemHQ dba TechGarage


Over the last four years, the GCC brought team spirit to a new level by incorporating themes into this yearly celebration. With riders dressed up in costumes and horses adorned to match them, this year’s theme of “We are the World” will focus on promoting unity and celebrate the cultural differences in our community. An art contest involving all 12 Wellington public schools will showcase the different causes represented that evening, from fighting hunger, to education, etc.

Mark Bellissimo, managing partner of Wellington Equestrian Partners, commented, “This tenth year honors the diversity in our community.  With riders from all over the world, our organization showcases the benefit that comes from embracing each other’s differences and unity towards this greater good. This event is truly the legacy of the Winter Equestrian Festival and the sponsors involved. We can’t thank them enough for their support.”

Paige Bellissimo, who is actively involved in the community, added, “The GCC is a unique event that allows us to raise awareness of the diverse charitable organizations throughout the community. We hope that this year’s edition will unite all involved, from the sponsors and riders, to the nonprofits involved and the community at large! We are very grateful for those who support the effort.”

If you know of a deserving Palm Beach County-based charity, please have them visit https://gcc.coth.com/directory/Add/GCC+Applicants for full application details and information. Please note that the application process for the 2019 GCC is open from October 15, 2018, through November 15, 2018 (5:00 PM).

NEW THIS YEAR: We are excited to announce that the 2019 drawing of the charities will be done throughout Palm Beach County between Friday, November  30 and Sunday, December 9, 2018. The raffle drum will be traveling to meet city officials, corporate and team sponsors as well as the team at WPTV Channel 5, with drawings being posted live on Facebook.


Charity representatives cannot hide their joy when their name is drawn!


For the latest event information and application guidelines, please visit www.greatcharitychallenge.com and follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/greatcharitychallenge.


About Fidelity Investments®

Fidelity’s mission is to inspire better futures and deliver better outcomes for the customers and businesses we serve. With assets under administration of $7.3 trillion, including managed assets of $2.6 trillion as of August 30, 2018, we focus on meeting the unique needs of a diverse set of customers: helping more than 28 million people invest their own life savings, 23,000 businesses manage employee benefit programs, as well as providing more than 13,000 financial advisory firms with investment and technology solutions to invest their own clients’ money. Privately held for 70 years, Fidelity employs more than 40,000 associates who are focused on the long-term success of our customers. For more information about Fidelity Investments, visit https://www.fidelity.com/about.

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