Originally published on January 22, 2016 by Jump Media


Wellington, Florida – Equis Boutique was presented with the humanitarian “Leg Up” Award at the 13th Annual JustWorld International Gala, presented by Wellington Masters, held Friday, January 16, at Belle Herbe Farm in Wellington, FL.

Equis Boutique’s own Cesar Hirsch, who is a JustWorld Technical Official Ambassador, Elena Couttenye and Irma Rubesa accepted the award, which is given each year to individuals and organizations who go above and beyond to spread the core values of JustWorld International and have demonstrated admirable efforts in giving children in impoverished communities a “leg up” to a brighter future.

Cesar Hirsch, Elena Couttenye and Irma Rubesa of Equis Boutique accept the “Leg Up” Award at the 2016 JustWorld International Gala. Photo by Snap Photography

Cesar Hirsch, Elena Couttenye and Irma Rubesa of Equis Boutique accept the “Leg Up” Award at the 2016 JustWorld International Gala.
Photo by Snap Photography

Equis Boutique is a mobile and online luxury shopping experience for the discerning equestrian and an official merchandise partner of JustWorld International. The partnership allows JustWorld supporters to have direct access to branded merchandise, and also advances their efforts as 100% of the profits generated are donated back into the organization.

“We are so honored to even be involved with what JustWorld International does around the world, and to win this award is truly special,” said Hirsch. “To stand on the same stage with the 13 other recipients was humbling, but also confirmed that businesses, organizations and individuals within the horse sport industry have the opportunity and the ability to affect positive change all over the world.”

“Equis has become a key member of the JustWorld team by assuming the role of official merchandise partner and carrying JustWorld International products,” said Jessica Newman, Executive Director of JustWorld International. “Cesar Hirsch has been a long-time supporter of JustWorld International as a Technical Official Ambassador and his support has helped JustWorld to reach new levels. Under Cesar and Elena’s leadership, all Equis Boutique employees embody the JustWorld spirit and share it will all they encounter.”

Thanks to support from Equis Boutique, JustWorld International was recently able to reach 5,000 students through the Compartir’s Mobile Library program in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. Asociación Compartir is a JustWorld partner in Honduras working to provide children who live too far away to attend local schools with access to books and educational activities.

Children from Tegucigalpa, Honduras, thank Equis Boutique for its support of the Compartir mobile library program through JustWorld International. Photo courtesy of JustWorld International

Children from Tegucigalpa, Honduras, thank Equis Boutique for its support of the Compartir mobile library program through JustWorld International.
Photo courtesy of JustWorld International

The 2016 JustWorld Gala raised well over $450,000 for the children at its partner projects. The annual gala is JustWorld International’s largest fundraiser each year, allowing the organization to continue its goal of funding local partners around the world to help children thrive through their support of education, health and hygiene, nutrition, and cultural development.