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Sissy Demaria

NEW YORK, N.Y. (Aug. 16, 2016) – Elite Grand Prix Riders Georgina Bloomberg and Jimmy Torano are saddling up with Douglas Elliman Real Estate and One River Point to benefit a trio of equestrian-oriented nonprofits at the 2016 Hampton Classic Horse Show, one of the largest outdoor horse shows in the United States which runs Aug. 28 – Sept. 4 in Bridgehampton, N.Y.

On Thursday, Sept. 1, the pair of leading show jumping riders will join more than 150 well-shod guests at the Douglas Elliman Chalet for a private seated luncheon in support of Give a Buck for Special Equestrians, GallopNYC and The Rider’s Closet – a nonprofit trifecta which shares the joys of horses and horsemanship with special needs and under-served horseback riders in their respective communities.

“Elliman has worked very closely with the equestrian community for many years and, as a firm, we believe it is essential to give back and to support the communities where we work and live. We are so honored to support these unique charities which are making great strides to help improve the lives of those facing some of life’s most difficult challenges,” says Dottie Herman, President & CEO of Douglas Elliman. 

Having been an integral participant of the Grand Prix tour for more than 25 years, Jimmy Torano is a noted trainer, horse show judge and sports commentator who serves as a brand ambassador and board member of Give a Buck for Special Equestrians. Founded in 2013, the nonprofit is an all-volunteer organization inspired by “horsepower” that heals minds, bodies and spirits. The charity provides financial support to therapeutic horseback riding facilities throughout Florida, Georgia and North Carolina, while also supporting GallopNYC in New York, a charity offering therapeutic horsemanship programs to children and adults with disabilities.  GallopNYC currently serves 350 riders a week and operates riding programs at five main locations, two of which will now be permanent full-time stables in Queens. 

The Rider’s Closet, founded by Georgina Bloomberg, is a clothing exchange program that makes important gear more accessible to therapeutic riding programs, pony clubs, intercollegiate riding programs and individual riders in need. The Rider’s Closet accepts gently used show clothes and riding gear, then donates the items to anyone who requests them in the U.S.  

Douglas Elliman is not just a leader in real estate, but a long time champion of several important causes. Elliman has long history in supporting the arts, women’s health related causes, and empowering women in business. Past charitable efforts include being a supporter of the American Heart Association, the Tilles Center for Performing Arts, the Southampton Hospital, the Katz Institute for Women’s Health and Katz Women’s Hospital, LIJ Medical Center, The New York Restoration Project and the Every Woman Matters Walk: A Walk for Women and their Families. 

“KAR Properties is dedicated to investing in nonprofit organizations that seek to have an impact on animal welfare and environmental wellness locally and nationally.
We are especially dedicated to contributing to the arts and animal related causes, motivated by their power to connect and heal through a shared universal language - whether a fledgling art museum, an equestrian organization serving special needs riders, or a foundation that promotes equality, social justice and economic opportunity in South America,” said Shahab S. Karmely, KAR Properties Founder and CEO. 

“Winston Churchill eloquently said, ‘There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man.’ We are honored that Douglas Elliman and One River Point are championing our shared cause by hosting this important fundraiser,” said Sissy DeMaria, President of HW+KD Public Relations and Founder of Give a Buck for Special Equestrians.