Wellington, Fla. – Jan. 19, 2019 – The United States Equestrian Team (USET) Foundation is pleased to recognize the generous support of their Gold Medal Club (GMC) members. The GMC is the lifeblood of the USET Foundation, accounting for nearly 80 percent of individual contributions each year and is comprised of members who contribute a minimum of $1,000 or more annually. On Friday, Jan. 18, the USET Foundation hosted the Gold Medal Club Reception at the International Polo Club in Wellington, Florida, where GMC members who have made the USET Foundation a priority in their charitable giving for 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35 and 40 years were recognized.
GMC members have been a vital and essential source of support to U.S. equestrian teams. For the last 10 years, the following GMC members have continued to generously support the USET Foundation: Barker Welfare Foundation and Katrina Becker, Mr. and Mrs. James Cannavino, Michelle M. Liggett, Mr. and Mrs. David A. McArdle, Kathy Z. Putnam and Susan A. Schmidt.
Receiving the 15-year awards was Patricia Adikes-Hill, Joan and Bill Cvengros, Marsha F. Dammerman, Suzanne E. Mott Dansby, Karin W. Flint, Brendan and Wendy Furlong, Penny Howe Gallo, Wendy O’Brien, Joyce V. Phipps, Mr. and Mrs. Paul F. Rizza, Mr. and Mrs. Leslie H. Wexner and Mr. James R. Wolf.
The 20-year awards were presented next to Mr. and Mrs. Mario Deslauriers, Margaret H. Duprey, Mr. and Mrs. Jeremy M. Jacobs, Mr. and Mrs. Ernst Mahler, Jr., Philip Ernst Richter and Sarah Willeman, Mr. and Mrs. Howard B. Simpson and Anne C. Snyder.
For a remarkable 25 years, James and Elizabeth Bramsen, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Johnstone, Mrs. Charles H. Jones, Karen Lloyd and Stagg and Cheryl Newman have been members of the Gold Medal Club.
Receiving the USET Foundation’s 30-year awards were Mr. and Mrs. Richard H. Brown, Jacqueline B. Mars, Jacqueline L. Ohrstrom, Judy Richter, Mr. and Mrs. George R. Tauber and Mr. and Mrs. Pascal F. Tone.
Accepting the awards for 35 years were Mr. and Mrs. Ernest S. Bessette, Jr., the Mosaic Foundation and Peter Heydon and Mr. and Mrs. Alexander C. Ridland.
Lastly, the 40-year award, the most prestigious honor presented to a GMC member, was awarded to Frances B. Steinwedell.
The USET Foundation would not be able to achieve their mission to support the competition, training, coaching, travel and educational needs of America’s elite and developing international and high performance horses and athletes in partnership with US Equestrian without the generous support of each and every member of the Gold Medal Club. The USET Foundation extends their deepest gratitude for their steadfast loyalty and exceptional generosity.