The Keeneland Foundation has announced a pledge of $75,000 to a memorial fund established in honor of Keeneland employee Kathleen Torok, who was killed in an automobile accident in October.
Keeneland's contribution to the Kathleen Riley Torok Memorial Fund at Blue Grass Community Foundation will take place in $25,000 increments over three years. Keeneland's contribution, coupled by an approximate $25,000 pledge from Thoroughbred owner Martin Schwartz in October, assures the fund will exceed $100,000 by 2008.
Keeneland president and CEO Nick Nicholson said the gift reflects Keeneland's appreciation for Torok's many contributions to the community and to the Thoroughbred industry.
"Kathleen was an incredible employee and a wonderful friend to people from all walks of life," Nicholson said. "Kathleen gave so much of herself and of her own resources to aid our community and those individuals in need of a helping hand. She was the embodiment of altruism and a role model for us all. This contribution will serve as a tribute to her efforts to make Central Kentucky a better place. "
With the assistance of Blue Grass Community Foundation, members of Torok's family will oversee the distribution of the funds to ensure the donations reach the causes that were of interest to her.
"Blue Grass Community Foundation helps individuals, families, and companies to maximize their charitable giving," said executive director Anne Nash. "We are privileged to help administer this fund in Kathleen's honor so we can help keep her good works and her memory alive."