|Wellington, FL – March 20, 2013 – JustWorld International and Horseware Ireland joined together Sunday night to welcome guests to the Polo West Cantina for the first annual Horseware Ireland St. Patrick’s Day “Build a New School” Bash. The night was a true success, raising enough funds to build the new high school at the JustWorld International project site in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, as well as raising additional funds for educational supplies.
The St. Paddy’s Day Bash was a sell out event as guests donned their green and grabbed their “swag bags” to celebrate the Irish holiday in Wellington, while raising money for the project site in Cambodia. Horseware Ireland has been a sponsor of JustWorld International for over nine years, working alongside the organization and closely with JustWorld founder Jessica Newman. The founder of Horseware Ireland, Tom MacGuinness along with his daughter Lorraine MacGuinness, have traveled to the project site in Cambodia, making the Horseware Ireland St. Patrick’s Day “Build a New School” Bash an event that was close to the heart.
The MacGuinness family has worked diligently to see JustWorld International grow and expand as they continue to fulfill their mission of raising awareness for impoverished children, providing education, nutrition and medicine to the project sites. The event on Sunday, March 17, was nothing short of a success, exceeding expectations for all.
“I want to thank everybody who helped here tonight – all of the JustWorld organizers and supporters. We exceeded our goal – that means we have enough funds to build the first floor and the second floor of the high school where the kids who are graduating from the five-story junior school next September. I want to thank the JustWorld team, and especially The Rizvi Family and Peacock Ridge Farm for helping make tonight possible. I also wanted to thank everyone who attended our event on Sunday as each and every person has made an impact.” MacGuinness said.
JustWorld Ambassador and Professional Polo Player Brandon Phillips
Photo By: Legends Photography & Design – Ariel Grange
Green and white jerseys streaked down the sand arena as guests cheered on their favorite riders from the sidelines. As each chukker progressed, the anticipation grew as the Horseware Ireland and Peacock Ridge Farm teams fought for the night’s bragging rights in a lighthearted yet heated celebrity polo match.
MacGuinness sponsored the Horseware Ireland team comprised of professional and amateur polo players, as well as Irish show jumpers. The team consisted of 10-goal polo player Tommy Biddle and professional polo player Brandon Phillips, Irish show jumpers Cian O’Connor and Andrew Bourns, and of course Tom MacGuinness, as well as his son Tommy MacGuinness.
|Horseware Ireland Team: Tommy Biddle, Brandon Phillips, Andrew Bourns, Tom MacGuinness, Cian O’Connor and Tommy MacGuinness
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“This event benefits JustWorld, and everything they do is so amazing for the beneficiaries. As an Ambassador for JustWorld, this event was such a wonderful opportunity,” Brandon Phillips explained. “This is a good event, and you get to play polo for a great cause. There should be more events like this where you can bring the community together and celebrate such a fantastic cause. I think the event went great, the polo was fun, the Irish riders were a blast to play with and all in all, it went well. I would definitely do it again.”
The team faced off against Peacock Ridge Farm’s professional polo players Kris Kampsen and Andres Weisz, and had the help of Swedish show jumpers Daniel and Alexander Zetterman, and Irish show jumpers Kevin Babington and David Blake. It was Peacock Ridge Farm who came away with the win, and guests cheered on as trainer Mauricio Devrient popped the champagne in celebration of a great game. Irish show jumper David Blake was awarded with the Most Valuable Player award for his skill and accuracy during the arena polo match.
The night continued as guests took to the dance floor of the Polo West Cantina, partying to the musical beats of DJ Rey until the event came to an end shortly after 11 pm. The night was alive with celebration, promising that this event is one for the books, and the upcoming year’s calendar of social highlight events. The night would not have been made possible without the support and generosity of Title Sponsor Horseware Ireland, Host Sponsor Palm Beach Polo at Polo West and Polo West Cantina, Team Sponsor Peacock Ridge Farm, and Arena Polo Sponsor Palm Beach Polo.”I was thrilled to have the opportunity to sponsor a team for this event, my daughter Farah Rizvi is a JustWorld Ambassador, as well as part of Team Cambodia for JustWorld’s Team Challenge. This was an ideal sponsorship for me, because all the money raised here tonight is going to build a new school in Cambodia,” P.J. Rizvi of Peacock Ridge Farm explained. “I would definitely do this again. It is great for the community, and is such a wonderful cause. The level of commitment, even from the children, is fantastic. It’s a great community, I do dressage, my girls do hunters, my son does polo, so it’s great that everyone comes together and helps a great cause no matter what part of the community you are normally associated with.”
Founded in 2003 by Jessica Newman, JustWorld International is a not-for-profit, humanitarian organization, which funds life-changing nutrition, health and hygiene, education, as well as leadership and cultural development programs for impoverished children in Cambodia, Honduras and Guatemala. There are currently more than 500 Rider and Technical Official Ambassadors representing 40 different countries, whose efforts to support JustWorld’s projects have raised in excess of $6 million to date. For more information on JustWorld, please visit www.justworldinternational.org.
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Andrew Bourns, Cian O’Connor and David Blake race for control of the ball during the celebrity polo match, Blake was eventually named the MVP of the match, helping bring home the win for Peacock Ridge Farm during the Horseware Ireland “Build a School Bash” Bash benefiting JustWorld International. Photo By: Legends Photography & Design – Ariel Grange. These photographs may only be used in relation to this JustWorld International press release.