Letter: The Spirit Of Wellington

Wellington continually shows what a great village we have grown into, since our family first arrived here in 1977. To those in our community who were unable to attend the spectacular FTI Great Charity Challenge held last Saturday evening, you missed a unique event!

At this fantastic evening, over 34 Palm Beach County charities benefited from $1.5 million donated by sponsors of the equestrian community. Professional and amateur show jumpers participated gratis in team relays that determined the amount of money each charity received, with the top prize of $150,000 going to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Every charity went home at least $10,000 richer.

The event itself offered free admission and numerous fun-filled activities for the over 5,000 people who attended.

This would be a great time for the entire Wellington community and the Wellington Village Council to unite as one voice and publicly thank Katherine and Mark Bellissimo and their daughter, Paige (who dreamed up this concept), and all their participating sponsors for creating and implementing this outstanding charitable opportunity, which benefits thousands of people of all ages throughout Palm Beach County.

Let’s for a moment put aside the Hatfield and McCoy mentality dividing our great community and thank those who strive to make it a better one. Congratulations on a job well done!

Jay Manning


  1. As we are witnessing as a nation, so are we witnessing as a community, the inablity to compromise on issues that arise. Both sides want it ‘their way’.

    We’re tired, weary of the harrangue; locally and nationally. Like a successful marriage; no one entity should have their way. There must be compromise.

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