A Great Time at Great Lakes


JustWorld International hosted a successful Cheers for Change Benefit Concert in partnership with the Great Lakes Equestrian Festival, creating an inspiring atmosphere for supporters to gather together for an amazing cause.

JustWorld International launched Cheers for Change, a grassroots fundraising initiative to unite JustWorld’s supporters to help fund education and nutrition programs for children at JustWorld’s partner projects around the world. The goal of Cheers for Change is to take the stuffiness out of typical fundraising events and create an inspiring atmosphere for supporters to gather their network together to give back to children in need. The Great Lakes Equestrian Festival (GLEF) was JustWorld’s first horse show partner to host a JustWorld Cheers for Change event during Week IV of their circuit in 2016 and was delighted to host a 2017 Cheers for Change fundraiser.

On Friday, July 21, 2017, the Great Lakes Equestrian Festival invited the horse show participants as well as the local community to raise awareness and funds for JustWorld’s programs, all while having fun at a benefit concert. Northern Michigan native Paul Livingston, who has been a soulful performing solo artist and a frontman for several area bands over the past ten years, performed for the attendees.


Other family fun activities included a balloon artist, a pie eating contest, a bounce house, and delicious food and drinks. In lieu of admission, guests were encouraged to make a donation to JustWorld. All funds raised during the night benefited JustWorld’s education projects in Cambodia, Guatemala, and Honduras. Ambassador Lilly Nace gave an inspiring speech during the night, explaining her involvement as an Ambassador and shared her purpose for giving back to these programs.


JustWorld continued to spread awareness of their programs and unite equestrians for a cause throughout the weekend. They hosted a fun activity to get children at the horse show involved called “JustWorld Rocks!” Participants joined JustWorld at the JustWorld booth to decorate a JustWorld rock and hide it around the show, with information directing the discoverers back to JustWorld’s site and social media, where they could learn more about JustWorld’s partner projects and how to get involved.


JustWorld also organized a JustWorld Horseless Horse during the WTCM Family Fun Day. JustWorld’s signature Horseless Horse Show is an event which allows kids to gallop over a course of miniature jumps and test their skills like the top riders. The WTCM Family Fun Day also featured a bounce house, balloon artist, and WTCM emcee.

JustWorld would like to give a special thanks to The Great Lakes Equestrian Festival for their unwavering support. Let’s continue to cheers to the change we can make together.

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