The Acclaimed Windsor Charity Polo Cup Announces its Beneficiaries

The acclaimed Windsor Charity Polo Cup has named The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research as its national beneficiary and the Alzheimer & Parkinson Association of Indian River County as its local beneficiary of the fourth installment of the biennial match. Proceeds from the February 2018 event will be donated equally to both charities to support individuals and their families who are living with Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diagnosis and to help fund research to find a cure. Windsor co-founder The Hon. Hilary M. Weston and Salvatore Ferragamo will again serve as Honorary Co-Chairs for the 2018 event.

“Members at Windsor are looking forward to building on the momentum of the 2016 Windsor Charity Polo Cup as our community’s premier sporting event and the Windsor Charitable Foundation’s flagship fundraiser,” said Betsy Hanley, President of Windsor. “We are excited to partner with the outstanding teams at both organizations and to make a meaningful contribution in support of their efforts.”

The Windsor Charity Polo Cup is recognized as the signature high-goal charity polo match of the season and the 2016 event featured an exciting roster of top-level international players, including former Captain of the English national team Luke Tomlinson, and Magoo Laprida, Malcolm Borwick, Augustin Merlos, Julio Arellano, Ruki Baillieu along with Salvatore Ferragamo and TV personality John Walsh. Last year, the Windsor Charity Polo Cup raised $250,000 for Alzheimer’s charities at the local and national level.

The Michael J. Fox Foundation has funded more than $650 million to accelerate a cure for Parkinson’s disease since its inception in 2000. And they do so with a dedication to efficiency: 89 cents of every dollar spent goes directly to research grants and initiatives to advance scientific breakthroughs. “We are proud to be recognized as the 2018 Windsor Charity Polo Cup national beneficiary and are committed to maximizing the generous support of this engaged community,” said Deborah W. Brooks, Michael J. Fox Foundation co-founder and Executive Vice Chairman. “There is currently no cure, and this event will help drive new and improved therapies for the estimated five million people living with Parkinson’s worldwide.”

“We are honored that Windsor has chosen our organization to be a recipient of the 2018 Charity Polo Cup,” said Peggy Cunningham, Executive Director of the Alzheimer & Parkinson Association of Indian River County.  “The funds received will be wisely invested in local programs that serve thousands of community residents grappling with memory and/or motion disorders and related neurodegenerative diseases, as well as their caregivers and loved ones.” The Alzheimer & Parkinson Association of Indian River County is a local, independent non-profit serving community residents with disorders affecting memory and movement.

Since its establishment in 1989, Windsor has enjoyed an enviable reputation as a community that demonstrates clear and committed support for a variety of nonprofit organizations, both nationally and locally. Over the years, many deserving charities have benefited from proceeds raised at Windsor charity polo matches, including The Prince’s Charities (charitable foundation of HRH The Prince of Wales), The Breast Cancer Research Foundation, The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, The Rett Syndrome Research Trust, The Humane Society of Vero Beach and Indian River County, Saint Edward’s Financial Aid Fund and Indian River County School District’s summer literacy program.

More information will be forthcoming on plans for the 2018 Windsor Charity Polo Cup, which will take place on Saturday, February 17, 2018.

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