Rockin’ Rio USET Gala Benefits Olympic Riders

By January 13, 2016

Patti Scialfa and Bruce Springsteen at the 2015 Longines Masters of Los Angeles.
(Photo: Eric Charbonneau / Rex USA)

Patti Scialfa and Bruce Springsteen serve as honorary chairpersons for the equestrian party of the season: the United States Equestrian Team Foundation’s Rocin’ Rio, a fundraiser for the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

The event, which takes place Friday, January 22, in Wellington, FL, will channel resources to for training and sending horses and riders to South American for the ultimate global sports competition.

“It’s going to be an incredible event and we are definitely expecting a sell out!,” USET Foundation Executive Director Bonnie Jenkins said. “The night will feature a fabulous live auction, a phenomenal band and, of course, Patti and Bruce as our honorary chairs want to make this event a record- setting fundraiser for our United States Equestrian Teams.”

Scialfa is a USET Foundation Trustee and she and husband Bruce Springsteen are frequently seen ringside at show jumping competitions watching their daughter Jessica compete at the highest levels of show jumping, representing the United States on Nations Cup teams internationally. “The family believes strongly in supporting the athletes and the United States’ goal to bring home medals,” Jenkins added.

“Helping this country’s equestrian athletes and supporting the United States Equestrian Teams has been a family affair for us,” Scialfa said. “We recognize the hard work and commitment it takes for riders to reach the pinnacle of the sport.”

For ticket or table inquiries, contact the USET Foundation’s Nancy Little at (908) 234-1251 or email

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