It will be an evening of fun whose proceeds will go to benefit a worthy cause. Aiken's second Olympic Gala will serve as a fundraiser for the U.S. Eventing High Performance Programs and the United States Equestrian Team Foundation, and will be held March 6 at 7 p.m. at the Bridle Creek Equestrian Development. The United States Equestrian Federation's High Performance and Young Developing Riders have been and will be holding their winter training sessions in Aiken. U.S. Olympian Phillip Dutton, whose Red Oak Farm is located in the Bridle Creek Equestrian Development, recognizes the importance of the gala. "It's trying times for everybody, we'll go on, it's good to celebrate and think about things in the future," said Dutton. "The party in a small way is a way to get Aiken to support some of the riders who are going to be preparing for upcoming events including next year's World Equestrian Games that will be held in Lexington, Ky. It's the first time the Games have ever been outside of Europe, and I think it's very exciting for this country. It's going to be a huge event, and something hopefully this country will be proud of." A DVD from the 2008 Olympics will play on a large screen throughout evening, said Dineen Daniels, Bridle Creek Equestrian Development. "Originally, when Phillip and Evie (Dutton) came up with the idea of raising money for the United States Team Foundation and the U.S. event riders, I thought of this as a five year project," said Daniels. "The year before Hong Kong, the year of Hong Kong (2008), and getting all the way through London (2012). It's great to get people together for a good cause." Security Federal, Aiken Country Farm Supply, Brad Henson Old School Construction and Meybohm Realtors are once again sponsoring the events, said Daniels. Dover Saddlery will be providing the raffle items and there will be a silent auction. There will be cocktails and hors d'oeuvres. Tickets are $55 per person and can be purchased at the Meybohm Office. For more information, call (803) 648-7653.