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Newman's Own Foundation To Host EQUUS Equestrian Idol

WESTPORT, CT - December 9, 2008 - The EQUUS Foundation is pleased to announce that The Newman's Own Foundation will host the upcoming EQUUS Equestrian Idol Musical Talent Show on Friday, February 6, 2009 in Wellington, Florida.

This will be the first year that the event will be held at the International Polo Club in its elegant Grand Marque Tent, but "casual" is the attire for this fun-filled evening starting at 6:00 p.m. which includes a reception, buffet dinner, and silent auction in addition to the talent show.

Returning performers, Heather Caristo, Hillary Dobbs, Patricia Griffith, Casey Hodges, Brian Lookabill, and Chad Watridge, and some newcomers, will demonstrate their musical prowess and have to withstand the scrutiny of the judges, living legend George H. Morris, Susie Schoellkopf, Mark Leone, and Mason Phelps, Jr. The event will also feature encore performances by the 2007 and 2008 Idols, Taylor Blauweiss and Ki-Juan Minors.

Individual seats for the Equestrian Idol event are $175 per person. Tables of eight are available as follows: Gold: $5,000, Silver: $2,500 and Bronze: $1,800. RSVP Online at http://www.equusfoundation.org, or by email to equusfoundation@aol.com, or by phone (203) 259-1550.

"We are very proud to be able to partner with The Newman's Own Foundation", said Jenny Belknap, EQUUS Foundation Chairman, "and pleased to honor the memory of Paul Newman by supporting his work in philanthropy. The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp, based in Connecticut, is a nonprofit residential summer camp where children with cancer and other life-threatening illnesses come each summer for an unforgettable experience, free of charge. The EQUUS Foundation awards a grant annually to the Hole in the Wall Gang Camp to help underwrite its horseback riding program.

The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp is one of 50 charities that received grants from The EQUUS Foundation in 2008. Over $300,000 were awarded to charities that use the horse to benefit the public, promote horse welfare, and elevate the equestrian sport, bringing the total to over $1.1 million since 2003. The grants were made possible almost entirely from event participation.



ABOUT THE EQUUS FOUNDATION, INC.

The EQUUS Foundation, Inc., established in August 2002, as a 501(c)(3) grant giving foundation, seeks to raise public awareness of the value of the horse in society through education and the award of grants to charities that use the horse to benefit the public, promote the health and welfare of horses, and elevate the equestrian sport as a whole.

The Foundation is governed by a Board of Directors, which is responsible for the selection of the grant recipients. The Board includes: Jenny Belknap, Chairman, Catherine Herman, Vice Chairman, David T. Goodwin, Secretary/Treasurer, Lynn Coakley, President, Pamela Allardice, Margaret Bondy, Flavia Callari, David Distler, Gray Fadden, Julie Frank, Richard Mitchell DVM, James Newhouse, Clea Newman Soderlund, George N. Venizelos, and Visse Wedell.

Thanks to the generosity of its donors, The EQUUS Foundation helps thousands of people and horses each year. Over $1.1 million in grants have been awarded since the first awards in 2003. Donations are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law.

For additional information on The EQUUS Foundation, Inc., visit the EQUUS website at http://www.equusfoundation.org, or contact The EQUUS Foundation, Inc., 168 Long Lots Road, Westport, CT 06880, telephone (203) 259-1550, email equusfoundation@aol.com.

 

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