Elegant new dining club created for WIHS


Washington, D.C., August 3, 2011 – The Washington International Horse Show is offering an elegant new way to experience the most exciting indoor equestrian sporting event in the country, which will be held October 25-30, 2011, at Verizon Center in Washington, D.C. 

The Fidelity Investments® Club, a new VIP dining platform created expressly for the horse show, will offer the best vantage point to watch the top horses and riders in the country, including Olympic veterans, in breathtaking jumping competition.

“Dining facilities close to the action are a mainstay of big European horse shows and we are very proud to bring this concept to the Washington International at Verizon Center here in the nation’s capital,” said Juliet W. Reid, WIHS President.

Sponsored by Fidelity Investments®, the new hospitality space will be built at the west end of Verizon Center, easily accessible from the arena concourse.

“We are very pleased to welcome Fidelity Investments as the title sponsor of this elegant VIP dining facility,” said Bridget Love Meehan, WIHS Executive Director. “The Fidelity Investments Club will be the perfect place to enjoy the show and entertain business associates, clients, family and friends.”

“After scouting all possible locations at Verizon Center to create something new and very special for sponsors and friends to enjoy the show, we selected a position near the in-gate, where patrons of the Fidelity Investments Club will have a unique view of the horses and riders as they enter and exit the ring, and get a real sense of the size and scope of the jumps,” added Meehan. 

Guests at the Fidelity Investments Club, an intimate dining area with 16 tables of eight, will have full access on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings.

“Fidelity is pleased to support the Washington International Horse Show in this new and exciting venture and we look forward to a successful event in October,” said Steven Niehoff, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Fidelity Investments.

The Washington International will continue to offer dining at the popular Acela Club, located at the skybox level overlooking the arena. Both locations will offer buffet dining and a full open bar. Acela Club will also host several social events, including the President’s Cup Party and Brunch at the Barn.

Subscribing to either of these dining programs puts you center stage at one of the world’s premier equestrian events, offering the best experience surrounded by top-notch amenities and VIP hospitality. To learn more about sponsorship opportunities or to make a reservation, contact Bridget Love Meehan at 202-525-3679 or info@wihs.org.

About Fidelity Investments® (www.fidelity.com)

Fidelity Investments is one of the world’s largest providers of financial services, with assets under administration of more than $3.6 trillion, including managed assets of more than $1.6 trillion, as of June 30, 2011.  Founded in 1946, the firm is a leading provider of investment management, retirement planning, portfolio guidance, brokerage, benefits outsourcing and many other financial products and services to more than 20 million individuals and institutions, as well as through 5,000 financial intermediary firms.  

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