WELLINGTON, Fla. – March 4, 2019 – Brooke USA is proud to announce the inaugural Crystal Awards, presented to outstanding champions of the organization who have gone above and beyond in support of its mission to significantly improve the welfare of working horses, donkeys, mules and the people they serve in the developing world. Brooke USA bestows the honor to Claudine and Fritz Kundrun, Margaret Hamilton Duprey and Katherine Kaneb Bellissimo. South Florida PBS (WPBT2 and WXEL), will honor the recipients of the Brooke USA Crystal Awards in 30-second announcements that will air on South Florida Public Television during prime-time through March 22, the date of Brooke USA's Sunset Polo™& White Party at The Wanderers Club. Dolores Sukhdeo, the President and CEO of South Florida PBS will present the awards at the event.
Fritz and Claudine Kundrun are animal lovers and supporters of the sport of dressage. Having spent time living in Pakistan, Fritz Kundrun has seen the plight of working equines firsthand and with his wife Claudine, has made it a priority to help. They devote their time, talent and treasure toward advancing Brooke USA’s goal of improving the welfare of working horses, donkeys and mules and have been supporters of the organization since its founding. The Kundruns are Patrons of the Dorothy Brooke Society, which honors the passion and determination of Brooke’s founder, Dorothy Brooke. This giving society recognizes Brooke USA’s philanthropic leaders.
Margaret Hamilton Duprey is Brooke USA's Founding Ambassador and has been involved in the equestrian world all of her life. Her Cherry Knoll Farm is a household name in high-performance dressage and show jumping circles. Duprey was instrumental in helping Brooke USA complete the Women 4 Donkeys campaign that targeted improving the lives of donkeys and the livelihood of their women owners in Kenya. Thanks to a generous matching gift with the Kundruns, $200,000 was raised for the campaign. She continues to support the mission of the organization and serves on Brooke USA’s Sunset Polo™ & White Party honorary committee.
Katherine Kaneb Bellissimo is a member of Brooke USA’s board of directors and the founder and honorary chair of Brooke USA’s Sunset Polo™ & White Party, the organization’s signature fundraiser. The fourth annual event will be held Friday, March 22, at 5:30-11 p.m. at The Wanderers Club in Wellington, Florida. Bellissimo is a devoted campaigner for working equines and the people who depend on them in the poorest parts of the world.
“We are grateful for the time, effort and support Fritz and Claudine, Margaret and Katherine have invested in Brooke USA,” said Brooke USA Executive Director Emily Dulin. “They are truly advocates for working equines and we are so proud to know and work with them. We are very pleased to honor them with the first-ever Crystal Awards.”
The efforts of these remarkable people help make a difference alleviating the suffering of some of the 100 million equines working in the developing world to support the livelihoods of 600 million people.
ABOUT BROOKE USA
Brooke USA’s mission is to significantly improve the welfare of horses, donkeys and mules and the people they serve throughout Asia, Africa, the Middle East and Latin America by raising funds and responsibly directing them to the areas of greatest need. Through the programs funded, Brooke USA helps equine owners, service providers and governments in the developing world to implement scientifically proven, practical, sustainable and culturally relevant solutions to enormous animal welfare challenges.
Most of the programs funded by Brooke USA are directed by Brooke, the world’s largest international equine charity and the leading experts on working equines around the globe.
ABOUT BROOKE USA'S SUNSET POLO™ & WHITE PARTY
The organization's signature event, Brooke USA's Sunset Polo™ & White Party, will be held Friday, March 22, at 5:30-11 p.m. at The Wanderers Club in Wellington, Florida. The not-to-be-missed event sets an idyllic scene with white cabanas overlooking the tournament-sized polo field and festive lit pool. As the sun sets the exhibition polo match begins, followed by a gourmet meal and celebrity entertainment.
With over 1,000 people in attendance each year, Brooke USA’s Sunset Polo™ & White Party events have raised $1.2 million to benefit Brooke USA, directly improving the welfare of working horses, donkeys and mules and the people they serve.
Go to BrookeUSA.org for more information.
What: Brooke USA’s Sunset Polo™ & White Party
· Sunset Polo Match
· Touch of Orange Dinner, featuring Gourmet Action Stations & Celebrity Chef Ingrid Hoffmann
· VIP Cabanas featuring bottle service and delectable appetizers
· Luxury Silent and Live Auctions
· Poolside White Party
· International artist, Josee Nadeau, live painting
· Live Entertainment
· DJ Adam Lipson
· Miniature Horses Star & Huck
And much more …
When: Friday, March 22, 2019, 5:30- 11 p.m. EDT
Where: The Wanderers Club 1900 Aero Drive, Wellington, Florida, 33414
Why: To significantly improve the lives of working horses, donkeys and mules and the people they serve in developing nations.
Includes access to the Brooke USA’s Sunset Polo™ & White Party and buffet dinner.
$100, At the Door: $125
Children: $50 – Includes dinner and soft drinks
VIP Cabanas, VIP Tables and VIP Bundle:
$3,000 - $7,500
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