For A Cause


About Chicago Equestrians for a Cause

A dedicated group, promoting the equestrian sport and benefitting local and national charities.

Chicago Equestrians

Our Mission

The Mission of Chicago Equestrians for a Cause is to showcase high level equestrian events with the express purpose of raising funds for selected charitable institutions in the Chicago area.  We are pleased to announce that the 2013 Chicago Hunter Derby raised over $140,000 for our three beneficiaries. This year, with your help, we hope to make an even larger contribution to each of the charities:

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2014 Derby Raises Record Breaking Amount



The 2014 Chicago Hunter Derby raised almost $150,000 and the Chicago Equestrians for a Cause were thrilled to distribute the donations to Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital, University of Chicago Cancer Research Foundation and the USHJA Foundation at a luncheon in early December. Margaret Benjamin, President; Board of Trustees of the UCCRF & CEC Host Committee Chairwoman, Lauren Gorter, President; Founder’s Board of Lurie Children’s Hospital, Carl Weeden, President; Chicago Equestrians for a Cause & Director; USHJA Foundation Board, Stephanie Harris, Trustee; Medical Center Board at the U of C & Member; Founders’ Board of Lurie Children’s Hospital, Cynthia Chereskin, President; UCCRF Women’s Board, Diane Thomas, Member; UCCRF Women’s Board & CEC Host Committee, Sterling Berry, Secretary; Chicago Equestrians for a Cause  and Cassandra Lawton, Member; CEC Host Committee all came together to celebrate the most successful Derby to date!

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