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Welcome to the 2018 GCC Application Process

You must read and fill out the online form below to Enter the Great Charity Challenge, presented by Fidelity Investments®

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 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. (2018 date: Saturday, February 3, 2018)

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 34 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 charity paired with the winning team receives $150,000, with a sliding scale to the 34th placed team receiving $15,000. Additional grants are also randomly drawn on the night of the event(50 non-profit organizations total benefited from the event in 2016). Over the first 8 years, over 220 charities have participated and benefited from the event. To date, GCC has distributed over $10.7 million in Palm Beach County.

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 2018 GCC, fully completed applications must be received by 5 PM on WEDNESDAY November 15, 2017.

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, 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 that benefit nationwide equestrian charities).

Up to four organizations are pre-qualified to participate each year. 24 additional charities will be randomly selected at the drawing of the charities at 6 PM on Saturday, December 2, 2017, 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 2, 2017 in order to be eligible for the additional drawing. Out of the pool of 34 charities, the review committee reserves the right to allow up to 7 charities based directly in Wellington, FL. Organizations eligible for the drawing will be pre-qualified by a review committee.

You must read and completely fill out the online form below to Enter the Great Charity Challenge, presented by Fidelity Investments®

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