Equestrian center owner Katherine Bellissimo has joined the board of Brooke USA, the American-based fundraising arm of the Brooke, the world’s largest international equine welfare charity.
Bellissimo was involved in a Brooke USA initiative earlier this year when she co-hosted and organised Nic Roldan’s Sunset Polo & White Party, which raised $120,000 for the Brooke.
“It is truly an honor to be included on the board of Brooke USA,” Bellissimo said. “I look forward to continuing to work to raise awareness of the organization, as well as the much needed funds.”
Katherine Bellissimo works in partnership with her husband, Mark Bellissimo, for the Wellington Equestrian Partners, the guiding entity for Palm Beach International Equestrian Center show grounds operations and development. She is a principal in the Tryon Equestrian Partners, which oversees the Tryon International Equestrian Center and Tryon Resort in Tryon, North Carolina, as well as the Colorado Equestrian Partners, which manages the Colorado Horse Park in Parker, Colorado. For all three venues, Katherine oversees all sponsorship, marketing, communications, retail operations and vendors.
In addition, the Bellissimo family owns The Chronicle of the Horse, one of the country’s oldest equestrian publications. Katherine is also the publisher of The Chronicle of the Horse Untacked, the award-winning bimonthly equestrian lifestyle publication.
The Bellissimo family, and the Wellington Equestrian Partners are also part of the Great Charity Challenge (GCC) initiative. The GCC celebrated its sixth year as one of the state’s largest charitable giveaways in a single day, and has donated more than $9.2 million to more than 197 Palm Beach County charities since its inception in 2010.
Brooke USA Chairman Dr David Jones said the Brooke’s five-year global strategy would reach a record five million equines within the next five years.
“Brooke USA will fund many of the programs within that strategy, so it is imperative that we introduce more Americans to our life-saving mission. We’re honored to welcome Katherine to our board and believe that her experience, expertise, and compassion will be instrumental in helping us reach our target.”
The Brooke is headquartered in London, England, and oversees a staff of about 1000 worldwide. Brooke USA is headquartered at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, and exists solely to support the overseas work of the Brooke through fundraising.