USET Foundation Olympic Gala in Aiken to Benefit U.S. Eventing Team

Aiken, SC -- The United States Equestrian Team Foundation is pleased to announce that Phillip and Evie Dutton will be hosting their fourth annual Olympic Gala in Aiken, SC on Friday, March 16, 2012 at 7 pm at Bridle Creek, their winter training facility.

The night will bring the Aiken community together to enjoy a cocktails, a buffet, dancing, and a silent auction while supporting the U.S. Eventing High Performance programs with a portion of the proceeds going to the USET Foundation.

“We are very excited to be hosting the benefit again for the Eventing Team with the lead up to the London Olympics,” explained Evie. “It’s a great night out for the Aiken community and a lot of fun for everybody while supporting a great cause.”

The event features top event riders Phillip Dutton and Boyd Martin as the Celebrity Hosts. Starting at 7 pm, guests can enjoy the open bar and heavy hors d’oeuvres as they partake in the raffle and silent auction while also dancing to the music of Preston and Weston.

Some of this year’s silent auction items will include a carriage ride and picnic lunch for four in the Hitchcock Woods, donated by Jack Wetzel, a Hearth cooked dinner for six including wine at Jack Wetzel’s log cabin, a Charles Owen helmet, a Dutton-RZ saddle, two Bit of Britain Bridles and a gift certificate for consulting from Aiken interior design store, Nandina.

This benefit would not be possible without the vision and support of Bruce Duchossois, Jack Wetzel, Joan & Carl Hampf and Meybohm Realtors, Gala Committee Co-Chairs Bruce Duchossois, Evie Dutton, Annie Jones, Tracey Turner and Jack Wetzel, as well as the Gala Committee’s Amy Ruth Borun, Freddie Davis, Joan Hampf, Densey Juvonen, Fernanda Kellogg, Bonnie Stedt, Deirdre Stocker Vaillancourt, Heidi White, Sarah Wildasin and Gretchen Wintersteen have helped bring this incredible evening together.

To purchase tickets, please visit Meybohm Realtors Downtown at 142 Laurens Street N.W., or visit

The United States Equestrian Team Foundation ( is the non-profit organization that supports the competition, training, coaching, travel and educational needs of America’s elite and developing international, high-performance horses and athletes in partnership with the United States Equestrian Federation.

For more information on the USET Foundation, please call (908) 234-1251, or visit USET ONLINE at