2018 Windsor Charity Polo Cup Raises $280,000 for Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s Care and Research
On Saturday, February 17, 2018 Windsor co-founder the Hon. Hilary M. Weston and Salvatore Ferragamo co-hosted the 2018 Windsor Charity Polo Cup to support families who are struggling with an Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diagnosis to help fund research to find a cure. Windsor donated a total of $280,000 in proceeds between beneficiaries, The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research and the Alzheimer & Parkinson Association of Indian River County. Windsor is proud to announce that this year’s Charity Polo Cup raised the highest amount of charitable dollars and had the largest attendance since the event’s conception in 2012.
“Everyone here at Windsor is truly proud of the success of the event and the funds we were able to raise for these two very worthy causes,” said Betsy Hanley, president of Windsor. “We want to thank our Members, the local community and our sponsors for their overwhelming support and generosity.”
A world-class roster of international players participated in the match directed by Windsor’s director of equestrian operations, Max Secunda. New to the biennial event was international polo player and model, Ignacio “Nacho” Figueras. More than 2,000 people attended the event from around the world including Windsor Members and their visiting family and friends, local area residents, seasonal visitors, and polo enthusiasts from nearby Palm Beach.
In addition to an outstanding polo match, which is recognized as the premier high-goal charity polo match of the season in Vero Beach, the day also included a themed tailgate competition judged by J.McLaughlin. Additional festivities included a Windsor junior team demonstration, a Porsche concourse, a Specialty Retail Village, a rousing half-time performance by Vero Beach Pipe & Drums, a luxury raffle, and gourmet concession stands. Steve Weagle, chief meteorologist for the Palm Beach NBC affiliate WPTV, and a regular supporter of the biennial charity event, served as the luncheon’s emcee for the third time.
“Nearly one million Americans live with Parkinson’s disease and yet millions more family members and friends are touched by the ripple effect of a diagnosis with no current cure,” said Deborah W. Brooks, co-founder and executive vice chairman of The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research. “The generous support from friends like Windsor allows the Foundation to do more in our urgent pursuit to find a cure for Parkinson’s disease and close our doors.”
“We are so grateful for the continued support that the Windsor community provides to the hundreds of individuals and families who benefit from the services provided by the Alzheimer & Parkinson Association of Indian River County. This amazing gift ensures our organization is able to continue serving the community residents in combatting these disorders through support groups, movement classes and education programs,” said Peggy Cunningham, executive director of the Alzheimer & Parkinson Association of Indian River County.
The 2018 Windsor Charity Polo Cup was supported by national and local sponsors including CBRE Group, Inc., PNC Bank, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, Audi of Melbourne, Château d’Esclans, Falasiri Oriental Rugs, Stick & Ball, J.McLaughlin, Casa Dragones, Laurent-Perrier, Maria Canale, Ingersoll-Rand, Sysco, Equestrian Living and Vero Beach Magazine, among others.
A commemorative video of the event can be found at the following link: https://youtu.be/4B-Xpb9SbNs
About the 2018 Event Beneficiaries
The Alzheimer & Parkinson Association of Indian River County is a local, independent non-profit serving community residents with disorders affecting memory and movement. Programs providing support and education are delivered at the Center for Memory and Motion in Vero Beach, as well as in Sebastian, Gifford, and satellite locations around the county. In 2014, program attendance exceeded 11,000. County residents are offered support groups, a social program for those with dementia which provides respite to their caregivers, movement classes, Project Lifesaver (search/rescue device for wanderers), Virtual Dementia Tours™, free memory screening, educational conferences and private support sessions. Education is also offered to Indian River County first responders, law enforcement and professional caregivers. The Association is entirely supported through private donations, foundations and fundraisers; no funding is received from government or national associations. Learn more about the Alzheimer & Parkinson Association of Indian River County at alzpark.org.
As the world’s largest nonprofit funder of Parkinson’s research, The Michael J. Fox Foundation is dedicated to accelerating a cure for Parkinson’s disease and improved therapies for those living with the condition today. The Foundation pursues its goals through an aggressively funded, highly targeted research program coupled with active global engagement of scientists, Parkinson’s patients, business leaders, clinical trial participants, donors, and volunteers. In addition to funding more than $800 million in research to date, the Foundation has fundamentally altered the trajectory of progress toward a cure. Operating at the hub of worldwide Parkinson’s research, the Foundation forges groundbreaking collaborations with industry leaders, academic scientists and government research funders; increases the flow of participants into Parkinson’s disease clinical trials with its online tool, Fox Trial Finder; promotes Parkinson’s awareness through high-profile advocacy, events and outreach; and coordinates the grassroots involvement of thousands of Team Fox members around the world. For more information, visit michaeljfox.org.
Windsor (WindsorFlorida.com) is a private residential community spanning 425 acres of lush barrier island between the Indian River and the Atlantic Ocean in Vero Beach, Florida. Established in 1989 by Hilary and W. Galen Weston of Toronto, Canada, Windsor was designed by renowned town planners Andrés Duany and Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk in the New Urbanism style of residential living, one that offers public and community spaces framed by timeless architecture and landscape design that celebrates its tropical and unspoiled setting. Windsor is comprised of 350 homesites in various styles including village homes, cottages and country estates, all remarkable for their signature Anglo-Caribbean architecture and gracious living.
Windsor provides homeowners privacy and seclusion combined with the finest amenities, exemplary services and sporting activities. Members enjoy an 18-hole links-style golf course, Har-Tru tennis courts, an Equestrian Centre, full-sized polo field, over four miles of riding trails, a fully equipped Fitness Centre, and Gun Club. The Clubhouse, with interiors designed by Yabu Pushelberg, is a favorite gathering place much like the Beach Club which features private cabanas, its own restaurant, a pool-side Cabana Bar and 25-metre swimming pool. Windsor is also known for its art gallery featuring a revolving series of world-class exhibitions, and a Town Hall, which serves as a chapel and a venue for weddings, concerts and lectures.
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