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The Hampton Classic is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization with a two-fold mission:
1) to put on a world-class horse show.
2) to support other charities in our community.
Since 1977, the Hampton Classic has made annual financial contributions totaling almost two million dollars to its official community partner, Southampton Hospital. In addition, the Classic provides onsite booth space for Hospital staff to interact with the public, as well as two VIP tables that the Hospital can use to thank current and cultivate new supporters. All Southampton Hospital employees are admitted for free.
The Classic supports many other local non-profit organizations and equestrian related charities. Following is a summary of the Hampton Classic’s charitable activities, beyond its own 501(c)3 status and its annual financial donation and in-kind support to Southampton Hospital.
• Jump for Charity is a new charity initiative the Hampton Classic is launching in 2016. The program, underwritten jointly by Hampton Classic staff and program sponsor Noelle Floyd.com pairs 10 riders with 10 select charities. Each rider will autograph 30 hats, which will be sold for $100 each. If all hats sell, a total of $30,000 will be raised, and awarded to the charity paired with the rider with the best finish in the Friday $75,000 Douglas Elliman Grand Prix Qualifier. The ten participating riders and charities are:
Team McLain Ward – Caring Hearts for Canines
Team Georgina Bloomberg – Southampton Hospital Tick-Borne Disease Resource Center
Team Margie Engle – Equine Emergency Rescue and Relief
Team Peter Leone – ASPCA Equine Fund
Team Todd Minikus – New York Junior League
Team Molly Ashe Cawley – JustWorld International
Team Danielle & Jimmy Torano – Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation
Team Richie Moloney – Fighting Chance
Team Shane Sweetnam – EB Research Partnership & the Butterfly Fund
Team Callan Solem – HEART Equine Ambulance
- Hampton Classic makes an annual financial contribution to Southampton Hospital. In its 40+ year relationship with the hospital, the show has contributed more than $2M to the hospital. The Hampton Classic also gives the hospital boutique space to interact with the community, VIP tables to entertain top donors and other stake holders, onsite signage, program advertisements, the opportunity for the Hospital President to make remarks from the Grand Prix field on Opening Day, and complimentary entry for all Southampton Hospital employees.
- Adoption & Animal Welfare Day has been in place for 10 years. It includes 6-8 dog and cat shelters and horse rescue organizations. These organizations are given a platform to raise awareness and funds for their individual organization, and most importantly, they’re given an opportunity to find forever homes for their animals in need. Dozens of animals are adopted as a direct result of Adoption & Animal Welfare Day each year.
- JustWorld International is a charity that helps children in third world countries. JWI staffs the Hampton Classic information booth, and in exchange, they’re able to host fundraising activities. A JustWorld jump is utilized throughout the show, providing additional visibility, and providing a donation to JustWorld for each time the jump is successfully cleared (underwritten by a Hampton Classic sponsor).
- Beginning in 2011, the Hampton Classic partnered with the Sag Harbor Food Pantry to collect non-perishable food items. People who come to the show on Tuesday and Wednesday with three or more items to donate will get their entire car-load in for free.
- Since 2006, the Hampton Classic has been hosting the Long Island Horse Show Series for Riders with Disabilities (LIHSSRD) Finals. The establishment of this finals competition enabled the LIHSSRD organization to found the entire series, which has become a fixture on the calendars of disabled individuals throughout Long Island.
- The Hampton Classic leases property at the corner of Montauk Highway and Lockwood Avenue that it sublets, at no cost, to the Bridgehampton Union Free School District. This lease began in Spring 2016. The property is used by the school to expand its gardening program and tie into other educational programs regarding agriculture, farming, and related micro business opportunities.
- Other non-profit organizations that do smaller partnerships at the Classic, providing program ads, on-site visibility, discounted sponsorships, and other support include: Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation, Guild Hall, EQUUS Foundation, HEART Equine Ambulance, The Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research & Preservation, SOFO Museum, Stony Brook Medical, Turtle Rescue of the Hamptons, Bridgehampton Childcare Center, and Long Island Professional Horsemen’s Association.
- In 2016, the Hampton Classic added a charitable program “Jump for Charity” featuring 10 select charities. These charities were matched with 10 select riders, who signed baseball caps customized for their “team.” The caps were sold, and 100% of the monies raised went to the charity paired with the rider who had the best finish in the Grand Prix Qualifier. This program will continue in 2017. The costs of producing the caps were underwritten by Hampton Classic staff and the program’s media partner, NoelleFloyd.com.
- In recognition of the “backup” ambulance support Bridge Hampton Fire Department provides, the Hampton Classic donates $5,000 to the Department each year.
- In addition to these more active partnerships, the Classic gives away VIP ticket packages (good Tuesday – Saturday) to charity auctions, valued at $2,500 per package, and a gift package of a general admission pass for the week, a poster, and a program, valued at $150, for charity raffles. Additionally, the Hampton Classic donates one Chalet Table, valued at $17,500 to a charity auction. Hampton Classic typically donates more than 125 raffle and auction packages annually.
These donations, combined with east end charity involvement and overall economic impact estimates, show the Hampton Classic to be an event of significant economic impact on our local community, thus extending its importance as a leading charity fundraising and sporting event.