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Eric Lamaze highlight of the auction at the 10th Annual JustWorld International Gala

Tuesday, 22 January 2013

Eric Lamaze and Carlene Ziegler contributed to the auction. The night of the 10th Annual JustWorld International Gala was alive with mystery as the national and international equestrian communities came together for a brilliant masquerade at Belle Herbe Farm in Wellington. With over $420,000 raised for the nonprofit organization, the masquerade marks a momentous stride in JustWorld's history, not only as their most successful gala to date, but also the commemoration of 10 years.

It was the Artisan Farms Package that proved to be the highlight of the auction for two bidders. Pre-registered from Sweden, one woman stayed on the phone throughout the duration of the bidding to win a day at Artisan Farms and take a private riding lesson with the Olympic Gold Medalist Eric Lamaze. Although she was outbid by John Edwards and Matt Varney, Lamaze stepped forward and offered a private riding lesson for the second highest amount, going to the pre-registered international bidder--a dream come true. As a highlight of the silent auction, Nick Skelton donated his helmet from the 2012 London Olympic Games, a piece of history that had the bidders scribbling furiously for the chance to take home. 

Nick Skelton and Laura Kraut at the gala.Founded in 2003 by Jessica Newman, JustWorld International is a not-for-profit, humanitarian organization, which funds life-changing nutrition, health and hygiene, education, as well as leadership and cultural development programs for impoverished children in Cambodia, Honduras and Guatemala.  There are currently more than 500 Rider and Technical Official Ambassadors representing 40 different countries, whose efforts to support JustWorld's projects have raised in excess of $6 million to date.  For more information on JustWorld, please visit

Source: Press release from JustWorld International

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