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Wachovia Securities, LLC Signs on as Presenting Sponsor for the Fairfield County Hunt Club Show

WESTPORT, CT - June 1, 2008 - The EQUUS Foundation, Inc., is pleased to announce that Wachovia Securities, LLC, George N. Venizelos, Managing Director, will be the presenting sponsor of the $25,000 Grand Prix on Saturday, June 28, 2008, at the Fairfield County Hunt Club in Westport, Connecticut.

George N. Venizelos provides financial advisory, brokerage, asset management and other financial services. He is located at the firm's Morningside Drive location in Westport, Connecticut. Wachovia Securities, LLC combines the capabilities of a large national firm with a culture more akin to that of the regional firms from which it evolved. Central to that culture is a strong dedication to supporting the relationship of the Firm's Financial Advisors with their clients. Mr. Venizelos has been recognized as a Premier Advisor with Wachovia Securities, LLC.

Wachovia Securities, LLC is one of the nation's largest full service retail brokerage firms with $1.1 trillion in client assets, and provides financial advisory, brokerage, asset management and other financial services through more than 18,000 registered representatives in over 4,000 locations nationwide. Wachovia Securities, LLC is the trade name used by two separate, registered broker-dealers and non-bank affiliates of Wachovia Corporation, providing certain retail securities brokerage services: Wachovia Securities, LLC, member of NYSE/SIPC, and Wachovia Securities Financial Network LLC, member FINRA/SIPC. Assets, registered representatives and locations include Wachovia Securities, LLC and A.G. Edwards brokerage offices as well as selected Wachovia Bank financial centers. A.G. Edwards is a division of Wachovia Securities, LLC.

The Foundation is very grateful to Mr. Venizelos and Wachovia Securities, LLC for their continuing support of the horse show. This is the fourth year of their participation, and they have increased their level of participation each year. Mr. Venizelos, an EQUUS Foundation Board member, has been instrumental over the years in also bringing in additional corporate sponsors.

The Grand Prix is the final event of the five-day Fairfield County Hunt Club June Benefit Horse Show, June 24-28, 2008, and will feature some of the top riders in the country competing against the clock at racehorse speeds while navigating over formidable obstacles as high as five feet. The hunt club's field is transformed into a picturesque but very challenging course surrounded by "up close and personal" areas for spectators to share in the excitement.

For those who want to watch in a more formal and beautiful setting plus support the show's beneficiary, the EQUUS Foundation hosts its annual benefit luncheon during the Grand Prix, starting at 11:30 a.m. A $250 tax-deductible donation includes one luncheon seat. All class sponsorships also directly benefit The EQUUS Foundation, Inc., (http://www.equusfoundation.org), a 501 (c) 3 non-profit, grant-giving organization that seeks to raise public awareness of the value of the horse in society through education and grants to charities that use the horse to benefit the public, promote horse welfare or elevate the equestrian sport.

The Club's "AA-rated" five-day show, June 24-28, 2008, is open to the public with no admission fees and offers spectators the opportunity to experience the thrilling equestrian sport of show jumping as well as peruse the Paddock Boutiques featuring Adele's Equestrian Gifts, Bobbie Braun, Catch All, EQUUS Entries, Georgetown Stable Outfitters, M&F Antique Prints, Palm Classic Apparel, Ponymom Designs, and The Snappy Gator, as well as vendors: Agriventures Agway, Beval Saddlery, Chestnut Hill Saddlery, The Coffee Connection and Reflections Photography.

The show's generous individual and corporate sponsors will also be on hand to present awards to the winners of the 200 separate equestrian competitions. Corporate presenters in addition to Wachovia Securities, LLC and George N. Venizelos will include New Country Lexus of Westport, Newman's Own, Fairfield Equine Associates, The Coast Fox Combo (96.7 The Coast & 95.9 Fox Classic Fox), U.S. Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management, Coca-Cola North America, Hospital for Special Surgery, Lux Bond & Green Jewelers, Chopard, Tory's, Agriventures Agway, Family Care Visiting Nurse & Home Care Agency, LLC, Barbara C. Manion, O.D., and New York Sports Club.

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



EQUUS GRAND PRIX LUNCHEON - FAIRFIELD COUNTY JUNE BENEFIT HORSE SHOW

WHAT: The EQUUS Foundation Grand Prix Luncheon is held in conjunction with the $25,000 Grand Prix of the Fairfield County June Benefit Horse Show, the culminating event of the five-day horse show. Set under a pristine white Century tent overlooking the Club's polo field, luncheon guests enjoy a champagne reception, silent auction, and delicious buffet and have the opportunity to watch world class riders and horses navigating over the highest level obstacles at racehorse speeds.

WHERE: The Fairfield County Hunt Club, 174 Long Lots Road, Westport, CT 06880.

WHEN: Saturday, June 28, 2008.

HOURS: 11:30 a.m. to 3: 00 p.m.; Grand Prix starts at 1:30 p.m.

EVENT COMMITTEE: Co-Chairs: Catherine Herman of Westport and Claire Sussman of Southport; Executive Committee: Alison Ashman and Margaret Holzhacker of Fairfield, Margie Bondy of Wilton, Elaine Campbell, Lynn Coakley and Louise Keim of Westport, Priscilla Cornell of Greenwich, and Berkeley Soper of Southport.

CORPORATE & PRESENTING SPONSORS:

Winner's Circle Sponsors:

Wachovia Securities, LLC & George N. Venizelos, Presenting Sponsor, $25,000 Grand Prix

New Country Lexus of Westport, Official Car Sponsor, Exhibitor Barbecue Sponsor & Presenting Sponsor, Marshall & Sterling Adult Jumper Classic, Newman's Own, Presenting Sponsor, Amateur Owner/Junior Jumper High Division & Championship, Fairfield Equine Associates, Presenting Sponsor, First Year Green Working Hunter Division & Championship and The Coast Fox Combo (96.7 The Coast & 95.9 Fox Classic Fox), Official Radio Sponsor

Gold Medal Sponsors: U.S. Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management.

Silver Medal Sponsors: Coca-Cola North America, Hospital for Special Surgery, Lux Bond & Green Jewelers, Chopard, and Tory's LLP.

Bronze Medal Sponsors: Agriventures Agway, Barbara C. Manion, O.D., and New York Sports Club.

Grand Champion Sponsors: Family Care Visiting Nurse & Home Care Agency, LLC.

CONTACT: Lynn Coakley, President, The EQUUS Foundation, Inc., 168 Long Lots Road, Westport, CT 06880, telephone (203) 259-1550, Email equusfoundation@aol.com; Website: http://www.equusfoundation.org

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 who are responsible for the selection of the grant recipients. The Board includes: Jenny Belknap, Chairman, Lynn Coakley, President, Catherine Herman, Vice Chairman, David T. Goodwin, Secretary/Treasurer, Margaret Bondy, Flavia Callari, David Distler, Gray Fadden, Julie Frank, Leslie Howard, Richard Mitchell DVM, James Newhouse, Clea Newman Soderlund, Allan Shore, Jr., 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 $850,000 in grants have been awarded in five years, with $250,000 awarded in 2007.

Donations are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law. The EQUUS Foundation, Inc., is located at 168 Long Lots Road, Westport, CT 06880 - Tele: (203-259-1550 - equusfoundation@aol.com - http://www.equusfoundation.org



PHOTO CREDIT: Catherine Herman, Cassie Herman, George N. Venizelos, and Claire Sussman. Photo courtesy of The EQUUS Foundation.

 

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