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USET Foundation Gala Brings in Funds for Olympic Athletes

US Equestrian Team Press Release

Gladstone, NJ — The U.S. Equestrian Team (USET) Foundation raised significant funds at its successful Gala, “Our Big Fat Greek Olympic Send-Off,” held on July 17 at the Hamilton Farm Golf Club in Gladstone, NJ. Sponsored by Paul Miller, Inc., the event featured an evening of dinner and celebration and the formal announcement of the United States’ Eventing team for the Athens Olympic Games.

“The gala was a tremendous success; everyone enjoyed the Mediterranean food, the music and the Greek ambiance,” said Maureen Pethick, Development Manager of the USET Foundation. “The excitement of announcing the Olympic Eventing team made the event extra special and the fact that we raised over $70,000 to support our equestrian athletes is something that should give everyone a good feeling.”

The gala was chaired by Donna Marki and Lindsay Harms. On hand as official members of the United States’ Olympic Eventing team were Darren Chiacchia, Kim Severson, Julie Burns Richards, Amy Tryon, and John Williams. Replacement riders Will Faudree, David O’Connor, Jan Thompson and Heidi White were also in attendance at the send-off gala. Peapack-Gladstone Bank sponsored the appearance by the Olympic Eventing athletes.

The gala atmosphere was filled with the spirit of Greece; Greek music filled the air, Greek food covered the tables and Greek statues decorated the room. The Greek statues and décor were sponsored by Anthony Feo and Fred Root of Houndstooth Ltd. People came dressed in everything from togas, of no less than 600-thread count, to black tie attire and enjoyed a toast to the Team with a shot of ouzo. Those in attendance also had the opportunity to participate in a silent auction that generated a large portion of the funds raised by the USET Foundation for our country’s equestrian athletes.

“The USET Foundation owes a debt of gratitude to Donna Marki and Lindsay Harms for all their hard work in making this fundraiser such a success,” Pethick said. “Their efforts, and those of their committee and many others, have helped provide our athletes with the financial support needed to help them on their way to medal-winning performances at the Games.”

The USET Foundation supports the competition, training, coaching, travel and educational needs of America’s elite and developing International High Performance horses and athletes in partnership with the U.S. Equestrian Federation.