Charities Invited To Apply For 2020 Great Charity Challenge At PBIEC

Participating nonprofits receive their checks at the 2019 GCC. Photo by Lois Spatz

With a growing national and global sense that partnerships are at the core of progress and impact, the Great Charity Challenge, presented by Fidelity Investments, will once again sharpen the focus on the power of united communities this coming February at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center in Wellington.

For the past 10 years, equestrians and their mounts have been uniting to support those who work tirelessly to better serve Palm Beach County, benefiting hundreds of nonprofits. These teams of riders have one goal in mind: to give local charities a chance to win up to $150,000.

Having distributed $13.5 million to more than 240 Palm Beach County nonprofit organizations to date, the exciting event hinges on the generous support of the equestrian community and local business partners. Through an open application process, the GCC encourages all Palm Beach County-based charities to apply to participate in the event’s 2020 edition through Friday, Nov. 15.

The fortunate selectees will meet their randomly paired equestrian teams on Saturday, Feb. 1 to receive a share of the $1-million-plus purse. The winning team’s nonprofit will receive $150,000, while all pre-selected participants are guaranteed a minimum grant of $15,000.

The application process opened at noon on Tuesday, Oct. 15 and will remain active through 5 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 15 via All nonprofit organizations in Palm Beach County are invited to apply and try their luck.

Founded in 2010 by Paige Bellissimo and Equestrian Sport Productions, the GCC has maintained its values of professionalism by being “impact-driven.” Transparency guarantees impartiality with its public lottery-style selection process and that all of the money raised gets distributed to local nonprofits.

Over the last five years, the relay-style show jumping competition has brought team spirit to a new level by incorporating themes into each yearly celebration. With riders dressed up in costumes and horses adorned to match them, this year’s theme of “Broadway Musicals” will pay recognition to the wisdom commonly found in these productions.

If you know of a deserving Palm Beach County-based charity, have them visit for full application details and information.

The GCC competition during the 2020 Winter Equestrian Festival at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center will offer free general admission on Saturday, Feb. 1 starting at 6 p.m.

For the latest event information, application process and sponsorship opportunities, visit and follow the event on Facebook and Instagram @greatcharitychallenge.