Blue Grass Farms Charities' Monster Bash Postponed

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Board of Directors for Blue Grass Farms Charities (BGFC) have postponed the upcoming "Monster Bash" Masquerade Ball, an annual fundraising event which was scheduled to be held at Limestone Hall in Lexington Oct. 30. Also, a date for the charities' annual online auction has yet to be determined but will be conducted this season. "Creativity is the key word in fundraising this year," states Julie Berry, Executive Director. "We began our 'Gallop and Graze' campaign for the next six months to raise...

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TDN's Amanda Crelin One of Two Winners of Breeders' Cup T-Shirt Design Contest

TDN Advertising Designer Amanda Crelin has been selected as one of two winners of the Breeders' Cup T-Shirt Design Contest, a philanthropic art competition that tasked entrants to create original artwork to be printed and sold in support of backstretch communities and other industry stakeholders affected by COVID-19. Crelin, a Belford, NJ resident was chosen along with Alexa Zapp of Lawrence, KS by the judging panel out of five finalists populated from an original pool of 93 entrants. The two winners will each receive two VIP tickets to the 2020...

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Racing Welfare to Award Best Turned Out Prize in Palace House S.

Racing Welfare's Best Turned Out, supported by Betfair, will see the charity award the BTO prize in the G3 Palace House S. at Newmarket on Saturday, June 6th, the charity announced on Sunday. The race has been renamed the G3 Betfair Supports Racing Welfare Palace House S. in honour of the initiative. All yards with a runner in the race will be offered the chance to submit a short video clip or image of their preparation in the lead up to the race, with the winner determined by public vote...

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Cross Gate Online Charity Auction Draws over 100K

Cross Gate Gallery Charity Challenge online auction which concluded May 9 raised over $100,00 to benefit a charity of the buyer's choice. Although the majority serve the Central Kentucky region, donations were made to charities throughout the country. The sale was topped by Larry Wheeler's 'Kentucky River Palisades' and Peter Howell's 'Headed Home, Newmarket'. The artwork realized a combined total of $10,500, therefore contributing $5,250 to each buyer's charity. "In these challenging times, many charities have lost the opportunity to have their spring fundraisers and are facing uncertain futures," said...

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Breeders' Cup Celebrates Mother's Day with New Charitable Initiative

Blessings for the Backstretch, a charitable initiative, has been launched by Breeders' Cup in partnership with The Stronach Group to support mothers living and working on the backstretch at Santa Anita Park this Mother's Day. On Sunday morning, May 10, the two organizations will hand-deliver Mother's Day Blessings Baskets to these hard-working women in appreciation for their immeasurable contributions to the horse racing industry. Each basket will include chocolates, fresh flowers, body wash, moisturizers, nail polish and other special gifts and treats curated with moms in mind. "We are indebted...

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Cross Gate Charity Auction Through May 9

Cross Gate Gallery of Lexington, KY is hosting an online Charity Challenge Auction which started Thursday, Apr. 30 and will end at 3:00 pm ET Saturday, May 9. The auction features 281 lots, with a mixture of early and contemporary American and British works, as well as some assorted prints, serigraphs, and engravings (many of which are signed). Among th featured artists are Alfred Munnings, Andre Pater, Valeriy Gridnev, Henry Faulkner and LeRoy Neiman. Cross Gate will donate 50% of the hammer price of each item to the 501(c)(3) charity...

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Entries Open for Frankie Dettori Raffle

Entries for the Frankie Dettori Raffle are now open. For the winning racing fan, announced by Dettori on June 1, they will be able to register their own silks for a horse to carry in one Flat race in 2021, with Dettori in the irons. All proceeds from the competition, run by the newly launched Racehorse Lotto and supported by Racing Breaks, will go to the Charities Together COVID-19 Appeal. Tickets are £2 each, with entries limited to UK residents age 18 or older and excluding Northern Ireland. For more...

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Equine Equipment Launches 'Now More Than Ever' Campaign, Donates Mowers to Eight Thoroughbred Charities

To help equine charities in this time of need, Equine Equipment is working with Exmark and local dealers in its new "Now More Than Ever" giving campaign to facilitate the donation of eight 21" Exmark commercial mowers valued at $1,200 each to local charities in Florida. Similar donations are in the works for other locations around the country with up to 50 charities receiving support. "We've always tried to do our part to give back to the industry, and we believe that to be more important than ever right now,"...

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Letter to the Industry: John Phillips

Despite the world seemingly on hold, the TAA is moving forward, albeit with some improvisation given the circumstances, but forward nonetheless. Specifically, the accreditation process for 2020 is well underway and functioning as normal as the team is currently reviewing the submitted applications. Now more than ever, our 74 accredited organizations with their 160 facilities need support. We are striving to maintain regular contact with these aftercare soldiers on the ground and provide them with as much information and assistance as possible. Although informal surveys do not suggest a wave...

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CD Hosts Virtual Derby for Charity May 2

Churchill Downs will host a day-long at-home Kentucky Derby party in an effort to raise $2 million for COVID-19 emergency relief efforts. With this season's Kentucky Derby postponed until Sept. 5 due to the coronavirus pandemic, a special broadcast will be aired on NBC May 2, from 3 to 6 p.m. EST. The telecast will feature American Pharoah's 2015 Kentucky Derby in addition to Churchill Downs' first ever virtual horse race--The Kentucky Derby: Triple Crown Showdown, a computer-simulated version of a race. "For many fans around the country, the first...

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New York Race Track Chaplaincy Launches Matching Gift Campaign for Food Pantry

The New York Race Track Chaplaincy of America has launched a matching gift drive for its food pantry that will benefit backstretch workers at Belmont Park as they deal with the many challenges posed by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Donations to the food pantry made between now and June 6 will be matched up to $25,000 by a member of the New York Racing Association (NYRA) Board of Directors. That gives the Chaplaincy the potential to raise up to $50,000 for its pantry, one of the few in the area...

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Nourish Lexington Initiative Will Employ Displaced Food Service Workers to Feed Lexington Families in need

Nourish Lexington, an initiative to utilize hospitality workers recently unemployed due to the COVID-19 closings as well as other community food assets to provide prepared meals to those who need immediate access to food, has been created by several Central Kentucky community organizations, including Keeneland. FoodChain, with support from the E.E. Murry Family Foundation, Keeneland and VisitLEX, formed Nourish Lexington as a model collaboration to use the skills and talents of local chefs, businesses, farms, funders and nonprofit agencies in order to feed our hungry community members. Other generous donors...

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