The fourth annual Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund TVG Telethon, held Apr. 10 and presented by Lane's End Farm, raised a record-breaking $383,945. The 2020 event was cancelled due to the pandemic, but it returned in 2021 to raise $339,672 in donations.
Support came in from across the country including major contributions from Lane's End Farm; Lee, Aimee and Jeffrey Einsidler; Jim McIngvale; and John Hendrickson on behalf of the Marylou Whitney Foundation. TVG's parent company FanDuel matched all donations up to $100,000.
This year was also the first time the event was simulcast on both TVG and America's Day at the Races, in collaboration with NYRA and FOX Sports.
“On behalf of our recipients and the PDJF Board, we are blessed and so very grateful for the support we received from our industry partners who provided the platform for the Telethon that allowed us to reach so many during the 6-hour broadcast,” said Nancy LaSala, PDJF President. “The needs and journeys of our recipients vary and are ever changing. The message of PDJF recipient Roger Blanco at the end of the broadcast to all who supported the PDJF on this day and in the past is a message that resonates for all PDJF recipients.”