Welcome to the 2019 GCC Application Process
You must read and fill out the entire online form below to be considered an entry of the Great Charity Challenge, presented by Fidelity Investments®
We recommend submitting applications through firefox web browser.
The Great Charity Challenge presented by Fidelity Investments® (GCC), was created in 2009 for the purpose of assisting not-for-profit organizations located in and serving Palm Beach County, FL. The GCC receives most of its contributions from the equestrian community in Wellington, Florida, more specifically through individuals, families, and corporations involved in the Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF). The annual distribution of this money occurs at the GCC competition held during the WEF. (2019 date: Saturday, February 2, 2019)
Each year, the GCC transforms the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center in Wellington, Florida into a field of dreams for more than 30 local charities eligible to receive money via the GCC fundraising effort through the application and selection process.
The GCC is an exciting Pro-Amateur show jumping event that features 30 teams of three riders ranging in age from 11 to 70. Each team is randomly assigned to a charity to compete for the prize money. The GCC, founded by Mark and Katherine Bellissimo of Equestrian Sport Productions, and their daughter Paige, has distributed more than $12.2 million
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. Additional grants are also randomly drawn on the night of the event (a total of 58 non-profit organizations benefited from the event in 2018). Staying true to its roots, a minimum of five nonprofits, out of the 30 participating, are guaranteed to be Wellington based.
Each team is generously sponsored by an equestrian family, with additional funds coming from corporate and individual donors. Equestrian Sport Productions, producers of the event, takes on all of the cost, including staff time and venue. Free General Admission is offered on the night of the event, which enables the whole community to join in the excitement.
APPLICATION AND SELECTION PROCESS
To qualify for the 2019 GCC, fully completed applications must be received by 5 PM on Thursday, November 15, 2018.
**Please note that applications MUST be submitted at once (there is no editing allowed after submission).
Applicants must demonstrate they are:
- a 501c3 not-for-profit
- serve residents and visitors of Palm Beach County
- have a presence in Palm Beach County (physical location)
- and will spend the money directly on service delivery.
**Please note that Equestrian Sport Productions reserves the right to donate excess funds to a charity or charities of its choice, including those with a nationwide presence.
Up to four organizations are pre-qualified to participate each year. Up to 20 additional charities will be randomly selected at the drawing of the charities at 6 PM on Saturday, December 1, 2018, at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (Wellington, FL). The remaining charities will be drawn in early January via different activations. Charities are ONLY REQUIRED to be present for the drawing of the charities at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center on Saturday, December 1, 2018, in order to be eligible for the additional drawing. Out of the pool of 30 charities, the review committee reserves the right to allow up to 6 charities based directly in Wellington, FL. Organizations eligible for the drawing will be pre-qualified by a review committee.
You must read and FULLY fill out the online form below to Enter the Great Charity Challenge, presented by Fidelity Investments®
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