Jump For Charity
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Jump for Charity presented by Sea Shore Stables
This initiative, developed by Hampton Classic staff, is now in its second year. Once again, the expenses have been completely underwritten, enabling 100% of the monies collected by Jump for Charity to go to the winning charity.
Hampton Classic has paired 10 rider “captains” with 10 select charities that are near to the hearts of Hampton Classic staff members during a Facebook Live drawing. The remaining riders competing in the $86,000 Douglas Elliman Grand Prix Qualifier presented by LONGINES will be drawn randomly and assigned to charity teams on Thursday, August 31, so that every rider competing in the Qualifier will have an opportunity to compete on behalf of one of the select charities.
We will produce thirty baseball caps for each charity which will feature the Hampton Classic logo and the Charity name, and each hat will be signed by that charity’s captain rider. These hats, available for $100 per hat, may be pre-purchased on the Hampton Classic website or purchased onsite at the Hampton Classic ticket booth and show office, beginning Friday, July 14 and while supplies last. Pre-purchased hats may be picked up at the Classic beginning August 27, or you may choose to have the hat shipped to you in September. If all of the hats sell, a total of $30,000 will be raised, which will be awarded as follows: $1,000 to the third place charity, $2,000 to the second place charity, and the balance of monies raised to the winning charity. Note that the best finish for each charity team will count. Should two riders representing the same charity finish in the top three, only the highest finish will count, and the next placed rider’s charity will receive the second or third place contribution.
We’re excited that these riders have agreed to participate as team captains: Molly Ashe-Cawley, Georgina Bloomberg, Lucy and Mario Deslauriers, Ramior Quintana, Callan Solem, Shane Sweetnam, Danielle and Jimmy Torano, Catherine Tyree, McLain Ward, and Andrew Welles.
Here’s a brief description of each of the amazing charities we’ve selected to be part of the 2017 Jump for Charity. We encourage you to click through to each of their websites, and to follow them on their social media platforms, to learn more.
CTREE (TEAM ASHE CAWLEY)
The Center for Therapeutic Riding on the East End (CTREE) mission is to provide therapeutic riding lessons and equine assisted activities to children, young adults and veterans with cognitive, physical or emotional disabilities. The program is focused on individuals with special cognitive or learning needs including autism, ADD/ADHD, sensory issues, and developmental delays. Safety and well-being are the foundations of all CTREE lessons. www.ctreeny.org
Church Street School for Music and Art (TEAM SWEETNAM)
Church Street School for Music and Art is the only not-for-profit community school for the arts in Lower Manhattan. Located in Tribeca since 1990, the school is an arts center where students of all ages share art and music experiences together. Church Street School for Music and Art specializes in helping each individual find their unique creative voice and provides process-oriented art and music education. Their affordable programs serve a range of socially, culturally, and economically diverse communities. – www.churchstreetschool.org
Equestrian Aid Foundation (TEAM BLOOMBERG)
The Equestrian Aid Foundation assists people from all corners of the horse world who are coping with catastrophic injury or illness and financial crisis. When equestrians or equine professionals are seriously hurt or become ill, they can lose everything: jobs, homes, financial security, independence and dignity, quality of life, and often the ability to stay involved with the horses that they love. Families are affected. The future can be uncertain. Equestrian Aid has provided more than $2.7 million in needs-based grant support and a promise of hope since its inception 21 years ago. The Foundation supports breeders, farriers, grooms, riders, trainers and other members of the equestrian community who are facing life-changing or life-threatening health crises and need help to pay for basic living and rehabilitative expenses. – www.equestrianaidfoundation.org
The EQUUS Foundation is dedicated to improving the quality of life of America's horses, promoting jobs for horses in transition that keep them safe, working and loved, and providing mutually beneficial opportunities for horses to change peoples' lives with their unique ability to empower, teach and heal. The EQUUS Foundation works to support equine charities across America that are actively providing rescue, safe havens, homes, jobs, solutions, opportunities and sanctuary to America's at-risk horses. – www.equusfoundation.org
HEART Equine Ambulance (TEAM WELLES)
Humane Equine Aid & Rapid Transport (HEART) provides state-of-the-art emergency transportation services for horses that become ill or injured at equestrian competitions. The TLAER trained crew specializes in loading and transporting horses in need of urgent care in one of HEART’s equine ambulances. Each horse ambulance is specially designed and outfitted to facilitate safe and successful large animal emergency rescue and transport. www.equineambulance.com
New York Junior League (TEAM SOLEM)
The New York Junior League (NYJL) is an organization of women committed to promoting volunteerism, developing the potential of women, and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. The NYJL, seeks to strengthen the health and well-being of the children and families of the greater New York City area. Hands on community programs and advocacy efforts by the NYJL’s 2,800+ volunteer membership directly address critical challenges such as human trafficking, foster care, domestic violence, juvenile justice, teen self-esteem, and literacy, among others. www.nyjl.org
ReRun Thoroughbred Adoption (TEAM DESLAURIERS)
ReRun's mission is to rehabilitate, retrain, and find adoptive homes for Thoroughbred racehorses when their careers on the track are over. Rerun is one of the premier and oldest adoption programs in the country and is now celebrating its 20th year. With state of the art facilities and working with some of the best vets in the country, Rerun has a reputation for honesty, integrity and quality when placing horses. Assisting more than 100 horses per year, Rerun is the ultimate place to consider when retiring a horse or looking for a new equine partner. – www.rerunottb.com
Save our Seahorses (TEAM WARD)
Save our Seahorses is an initiative of Cornell Cooperative Extension’s Marine Program. Cornell Cooperative Extension’s Habitat Restoration Program has been working to protect and restore eelgrass for over 30 years. This makes the lined seahorse the perfect ambassador for the work that we do, because protecting seahorses and eelgrass goes hand-in-hand. Save Our Seahorses conducts research about our local seahorse populations, educates citizens through citizen science opportunities. Through this initiative, people have a chance to play an important role in understanding and protecting seahorses by conducting seining surveys, reporting sightings through snorkeling or SCUBA encounters, and helping to increase habitat for them through eelgrass restoration workshops and helping to install “Seahorse Hotels” made out of repurposed fishing gear. – www.seagrassli.org
Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation (TEAM TYREE)
The Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation was created by a band of local Southampton citizens when funding for a municipal shelter was eliminated due to budget cuts. The Shelter’s mission is to provide for the welfare of the ever growing number of homeless animals, and, in turn, to place them in permanent caring homes. Although primarily focused on rescuing homeless animals in the community of 22 towns, the Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation also rescues dogs from “kill shelters” from across the country. The Foundation provides a veterinary clinic for incoming medical evaluations, provides public spay and neuter services, micro-chipping, and inoculations. www.southamptonanimalshelter.com
Team Fox (TEAM QUINTANA)
Team Fox is the grassroots community fundraising program at The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research. Each year, thousands of Team Fox members worldwide turn their passions and interests into unique fundraising events and athletic feats. To date, their members have raised over $55 million for Parkinson's research. Team Fox member, Bret Parker, son of equestrian photographer James Parker, has been a regular participant in this important fundraising program. – www.michaeljfox.org