Miami, FL - April 11, 2014 - The gates to Sun Life Stadium opened to usher in nearly 6,000 spectators last Saturday for the 42nd Gene Mische American Invitational, presented by G & C Farm. The event raised more than $15,000 for JustWorld, with all proceeds benefiting their mission of raising funds within the global equestrian community to help provide education, nutrition, healthcare and vocational training programs to children in impoverished communities around the world.
"We have had a relationship with JustWorld International for a long time," Matt Morrissey of Stadium Jumping said. "They are our official charity partner at all of our events, and we are thrilled to be able to help them pursue their mission of helping impoverished children around the world. Gene Mische, who was such a crucial part of the American Invitational, helped Jessica [Newman] when the organization was still young. It has been a wonderful relationship, and they always go above and beyond to help make our events a success."
As each spectator entered the stadium, the JustWorld team was on hand at the Information Booth, where they sold programs and answered all questions about the American Invitational. JustWorld earned a percentage of the proceeds from the program sales, and for every ticket purchased with the promo code JUSTWORLD they raised an additional $10. The JustWorld volunteers stood out in their co-branded apparel designed and sponsored by PoloGear®. The co-branded shirts are beautifully designed with sublimated graphics and the purple and blue colors for which JustWorld is known. The shirts are currently available here.
Just before the jump-off, JustWorld volunteers walked onto the field with Miami Dolphins legends Bob Griese and Nat Moore. Onlookers sat on the edge of their seats as the stadium-wide benefit drawing was announced. Pablo Barrios was the first name pulled, winning the Miami Dolphins Sidelines Club Package. The package featured four Ford Sidelines Club Passes and Lower Level Seats. Two lucky winners won a meet and greet with legendary Miami Dolphins quarterback, Bob Griese, also taking home his autographed throwback jersey and a signed NFL football.
Founded in 2003 by Jessica Newman, JustWorld International is a not-for-profit, humanitarian organization, which funds life-changing nutrition, health and hygiene, education, as well as leadership and cultural development programs for impoverished children in Cambodia, Honduras and Guatemala. There are currently more than 500 Rider and Technical Official Ambassadors representing 40 different countries, whose efforts to support JustWorld's projects have raised in excess of $6.5 million to date. For more information on JustWorld, please visit www.justworldinternational.org.