Today, Jan. 26, 2013, 32 charities will compete in the 2013 FTI Consulting Great Charity Challenge at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center in Wellington, FL. This year it is expected that a distribution of over $1 million in prizes will be won by competing charity teams. The Wellington Parent Teacher Association/Parent Teacher Organization (PTO/PTA) has been chosen as part of the FTI Great City Charity Challenge for a chance to win a portion of $50,000. Fan voting is open until today to vote for the Wellington PTA/PTO Group. (See FTI Consulting Great Charity Challenge website).
To date, the FTI Consulting Great Charity Challenge started in 2010, generating over $400,000 for 24 local charities. The event has grown to 32 local charities competing for a combined $1 million each. To date, the FTI Consulting Great Charity Challenge has distributed close to $2.7 million to over 55 Palm Beach County Charities. This year’s event will be held today during the third week of the Winter Equestrian Festival at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center. Gates open at 6 p.m. with the first horse on course at 7 p.m. General admission is FREE for this event.
Last year, 11 Wellington area schools split the grand prize of $150,000 of which the Wellington PTO/PTA provided support to the schools in the area through numerous programs which serve the school’s pupils, parents, and staff. Community events, field trips, in-school enrichment programs, school supplies and much more are some of the activities provided with the Wellington PTO/PTA support.
A Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) is a formal organization that consists of parents, teachers and school staff. The organization's goals may vary from organization to organization, but essentially the goals include volunteerism of parents, encouragement of teachers and students, community involvement, and welfare of students and families. It is similar to a Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) or Parent-Teacher-Student Association (PTSA).
REF: PBCSD (Press Release) Public Affairs Office. January 2013.