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Wheatleigh, a five-star resort in the Berkshire mountains in Massachusetts, is being offered as an auction item.

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Challenge of the Americas Auction Offers Quality Items to Support Breast Cancer Research

Written by: Annan Hepner
Client: Challenge of the Americas
Release Date: 2016-02-25

Wellington, FL – February 25, 2016 – Relying on the generosity of dedicated donors, the silent and live auction at the Challenge of the Americas (COTA) help raise significant funds for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation through their partner Play for P.I.N.K. (Preventing, Immediate Diagnosis, New Technology, Knowledge). Cathy Tarantini is leading the charge for the silent auction, now in its second year and featuring an impressive selection of top-of-the-line items. An array of auction items at different pricing levels means there is something for everyone to enjoy while joining the fight against breast cancer.

“There are a number of different people who contribute, from upper level trainers who offer lessons to those who donate physical items like a four-wheeler,” Tarantini said. “We have beautiful local artwork from Marika Mlinar and Ivana Mlinar and we have five paintings that are inspired by different breeds of Spanish horses by Peter Muller Peter who had recent exhibits in the Palm Beach area. There are a lot of fun activities to bid on, such as trail riding through the Everglades, sailing in Biscayne Bay, skydiving, and more!”

The silent auction items will be displayed for bidding at the International Polo Club (IPC) Palm Beach after the equestrian entertainment, and the Challenge organizers hope the silent auction will continue to draw a crowd of generous donors. A brief live auction follows while attendees are enjoying dessert prior to dancing.

“Each year we are trying to do a little bit more and raise more money,” Tarantini said. “The event has grown to incredible proportions in support of such a wonderful cause.”

There are many quality additions to this year's auction and Tarantini is also bringing back some of the most popular offerings from last year.

“Last year one of the items that got a great deal of financial support for the event was Tami Hoag’s donation,” Tarantini said. “Tami is a New York Times bestseller mystery writer, but also happens to be an avid equestrian. Similarly to last year we are auctioning off a character spot in her next book."

Marcy Zeltzer, a member of the silent auction committee, facilitated the donation of a week's stay at a lovely beach house in Key West. The house offers two bedrooms and two bathrooms along with a pool and is located within walking distance of the beach. Another destination getaway auction item is a weekend at the Wheatleigh, a stunning five-star resort in the Berkshire mountains in Massachusetts.

“In the 1800s and early 1900s the elite from Boston and New York built their Berkshire cottages with ballrooms and 25 rooms,” Tarantini said. “Now turned into a beautiful hotel, the property backs up to Tanglewood, where the Boston Symphony Orchestra plays in the summer.”

Those interested in lending a hand to support breast cancer research are encouraged to continue to donate items by contacting Cathy Tarantini at (518) 424-9660 or

Fast Facts: 2016 Challenge of the Americas

When: Friday, March 11, 2016
5:30 p.m.     VIP Cocktails and hors d'oeuvres
6:00 p.m.     Opening ceremonies
6:10 p.m.     Challenge of the Americas Competition
7:30 p.m.     Award Presentation
7:45 p.m.     The Challenge Gala: Dinner and Dancing
International Polo Club Palm Beach
3667 120th Avenue South
Wellington, FL 33414

Ticket Information:
Mary Ross
561-433-0988 Challenge of the Americas website

Ticket Prices:
VIP Tables of 10: price includes competition and gala dinner and dancing         
Gold Patron: $6,500 per table
Silver Patron: $4,500 per table
Bronze Patron: $2,500 per table
Partners for Pink: $1,500 special sponsorship package that includes two VIP tickets along with advertising and media promotion
Individual seating: $250 per person
General admission seating: $20 per person at the gate
General admission is free for children 12 and under

Media Contact:
Phelps Media Group
Annan Hepner
(561) 753-3389



The Challenge of the Americas Beneficiary:
The Breast Cancer Research Foundation through their partner Play for P.I.N.K.
Play for P.I.N.K. website:
BCRF website:

International Polo Club Palm Beach
Purina Animal Nutrition
The Seley Parker Group of Merrill Lynch
Havensafe Farm
Cherry Knoll Farm
Cunningham & Cunningham
Back on Track
Diamante Farms Dressage

Partners for Pink:  
The Tackeria
Weiss Family Chiropractic Center  
Laura King Hypnosis  
Flamingo Clay Studio
Suzanne Dansby of Dancing Horse Farm  
Wellington Classic Dressage
Tree Free Wood LLC
Oak Meadows Farm
Serenity Insurance Agency
Betsy Lindsay, Inc
JetStream Ground Services, Inc
Horsepower Team of BHHS Florida Reality  


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