Mattress Mack Honored as Jockeys and Jeans Person of the Year

Mattress Mack and Runhappy | Gallery Furniture

Jockeys and Jeans this year will hold its annual fundraiser at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas on Saturday, Jun. 24, and will honor Jim “Mattress Mack” McIngvale as its Person of the Year.

McIngvale is the owner of three Gallery Furniture stores in Houston and is internationally known for his business acumen, philanthropy, community involvement and success as a Thoroughbred owner and breeder as well a major bettor. The event will reunite McIngvale with Hall of Fame jockey Edgar Prado–one of 16 Hall of Fame members set to attend the event–who was was aboard Runhappy (Super Saver) for his win in the 2015 GI Breeders' Cup Sprint.

“Jockeys risk their lives every day they race,” McIngvale said. “And I think they need to be appreciated for the skills they bring to the sport. They make split-second decisions and are judged for those decisions. I think they deserve better medical care and should have a pension to help them after they retire like NFL players. I think they are racing's superstars.”

To date, the all-volunteer Jockeys and Jeans has raised more than $2.6 million for the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund (PDJF), which pays a monthly stipend of $1,000 to 60 jockeys who suffered career-ending injuries. After the fundraiser this year, the group expects to raise more than $3 million.

“Mattress Mack is truly one-of-a-kind, and I believe his acceptance speech will be something the entire racing world will be eager to hear,” Jockeys and Jeans President Barry Pearl said.” He is one of few persons who has been a successful Thoroughbred owner and breeder as well as a major bettor. He sees racing from a most unusual perspective.”

Space is limited, but tickets are still available for purchase by calling at 855-234-7469 or online at Single tickets are $125 and VIP tickets are available for $250. Nine-person tables are $1,800 and include a seat with a Hall of Fame Jockey.
For more information contact President Barry Pearl or Eddie Donnally, Vice President and Marketing Director.

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