Great Charity Challenge set for Saturday night

The Great Charity Challenge will be surpassing the $10 million mark in money raised for local nonprofits after they 2017 event on Saturday.

Each of the more than 30 charities will be paired with riders and they will get a portion of the about $1.5 million based on their finish in the competition.

The event is in its eighth year, and it was started by Wellington Equestrian Partners CEO Mark Bellissimo and his daughter Paige. Sponsors donate money for the teams, and the charities are randomly selected after an application process.

The event will get started at 6 p.m. Saturday night, and this year’s theme will be fairy tale characters.

A member of the Habilitation Center for the Handicapped's team competes in the  7th Annual Great Charity Challenge at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center Saturday, February 6, 2016. Contestants dressed up as their favorite fairy tale characters. The Challenge was founded by Mark Bellissimo and his daughter Paige in 2010 as a way for the equestrian community to give back to Palm Beach County. Since then, the GCC has distributed over $7.5 million to more than 150 charities. (Bruce R. Bennett / The Palm Beach Post)

A member of the Habilitation Center for the Handicapped’s team competes in the 7th Annual Great Charity Challenge at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center Saturday, February 6, 2016. Contestants dressed up as their favorite fairy tale characters. The Challenge was founded by Mark Bellissimo and his daughter Paige in 2010 as a way for the equestrian community to give back to Palm Beach County. Since then, the GCC has distributed over $7.5 million to more than 150 charities. (Bruce R. Bennett / The Palm Beach Post)