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, Malcom 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.
About the 2018 Event Beneficiaries
As the world’s largest nonprofit funder of Parkinson’s research, The Michael J. Fox Foundation is dedicated to accelerating a cure for Parkinson’s disease and improved therapies for those living with the condition today. The Foundation pursues its goals through an aggressively funded, highly targeted research program coupled with active global engagement of scientists, Parkinson’s patients, business leaders, clinical trial participants, donors and volunteers. In addition to funding more than $650 million in research to date, the Foundation has fundamentally altered the trajectory of progress toward a cure. Operating at the hub of worldwide Parkinson’s research, the Foundation forges groundbreaking collaborations with industry leaders, academic scientists and government research funders; increases the flow of participants into Parkinson’s disease clinical trials with its online tool, Fox Trial Finder; promotes Parkinson’s awareness through high-profile advocacy, events and outreach; and coordinates the grassroots involvement of thousands of Team Fox members around the world. For more information, visit michaeljfox.org.
The Alzheimer & Parkinson Association of Indian River County is a local, independent non-profit serving community residents with disorders affecting memory and movement. Programs providing support and education are delivered in Vero Beach as well as in satellite locations around the county. The Association is entirely supported through private donations, corporate and foundation grants, and local event fundraisers like the annual Walk To Remember held each November; no funding is received from government or national associations. Learn more about the Alzheimer & Parkinson Association of Indian River County at memoryandmotion.org.
Windsor (windsorflorida.com) is a private residential community spanning 425 acres of lush barrier island between the Indian River and the Atlantic Ocean in Vero Beach, Florida. Established in 1989 by Hilary and W. Galen Weston of Toronto, Canada, Windsor was designed by renowned town planners Andrés Duany and Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk in the New Urbanism style of residential living, one that offers public and community spaces framed by timeless architecture and landscape design that celebrates its tropical and unspoiled setting. Windsor is comprised of 350 homesites in various styles including village homes, cottages and country estates, all remarkable for their signature Anglo-Caribbean architecture and gracious living.
Windsor provides homeowners privacy and seclusion combined with the finest amenities, exemplary services and sporting activities. Members enjoy an 18-hole links-style golf course, Har-Tru tennis courts, an Equestrian Centre, full-sized polo field, over four miles of riding trails, a fully equipped Fitness Centre, and Gun Club. The Clubhouse, with interiors designed by Yabu Pushelberg, is a favorite gathering place much like the Beach Club which features private cabanas, its own restaurant, a pool-side Cabana Bar and 25-metre swimming pool. Windsor is also known for its art gallery featuring a revolving series of world-class exhibitions, and a Town Hall, which serves as a chapel and a venue for weddings, concerts and lectures.