Great Charity Challenge Supports Local Nonprofits

Amelia Burnside rides for the Achievement Centers for Children and Families.

The Great Charity Challenge, sponsored by Fidelity Investments, was held at Wellington International on Saturday, Feb. 3. This is the 15th year that the GCC has raised money for Palm Beach County nonprofits through a team jumping competition. A total of 34 teams of three riders each, dressed representing their favorite TV shows, competed over the jumping course hoping for the best time to raise money for the organizations they were riding for. More than $2 million was raised during the event, which saw several thousand spectators filling the stands to watch. A “pet parade” opened the competition, which also featured groups raising money for their local organizations. During the main event, riders David O’Brien, Lillian O’Brien and Stephanie Garrett took first place, winning $100,000 for Nat King Cole Generation Hope. Coming in second was the team for the Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition, winning $90,000. The team riding for the YWCA of Palm Beach County finished third and won $80,000. Learn more at www.greatcharitychallenge.com. SEE RELATED STORY HERE.

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