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Equestrians Hail the Return of Denim & Diamonds 2004

Wellington, Florida – June 10, 2003 – It’s b-a-c-k. So, equestrians, get ready to get down! Denim & Diamonds – THE GREATEST PARTY EVER-- is returning during next season’s Winter Equestrian Festival after a 4-year absence.

Chairmen Mason Phelps, Jr. and Beverly Lake Wilkes, motivated by the overwhelming demand within the equestrian community, have recently announced that the famous Denim & Diamonds Gala will be reborn on February 15, 2004 at The South Florida Fairgrounds in West Palm Beach. Denim & Diamonds, a visual kaleidoscope and entertainment wonderland, was last held in the year 2000. During its successful 6-year run, Denim & Diamonds raised over $1,000,000 for The United States Equestrian Team (”USET”). Phelps and Wilkes, after the 2000 extravaganza, decided to take a breather.

But now, with the upcoming 2004 Olympic Games in the offing, Phelps and Wilkes felt it was time for a Denim & Diamonds comeback. And time to support the USET in its Olympic aspirations.

“Denim & Diamonds: Back to the Future” will be the theme. Orchestrated by well-known Denim & Diamonds’ event-planner Bruce Sutka, The South Florida Fairgrounds in West Palm Beach will be transformed into a virtual recreation of former Olympic venues, with Athens 2004 the final destination. This will mean ethnically diverse cuisine, areas and entertainers. And, as in prior years, there will be a grand silent auction and a rider auction.

And the headlining acts? Well, Phelps and Wilkes are working with top agents to secure the best groups that will keep the expected 2,000 plus revelers “a-rockin’-and-a-rollin’” until the wee hours. The Village People look like a done deal.

Ticket prices will be $300 each, with VIP tables at $5,000, $10,000 and $25,000.


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