Charity Celebration Helps Backstretch Workers

Fundraising event sponsored by NYRA and The Jockey Club.

The Belmont Stakes (gr. I) is a quintessential New York event so it is fitting that the Belmont Stakes Charity Celebration will be held this year at one of New York City’s landmark buildings: The New York Public Library Stephen A. Schwarzman Building at Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street.

The fundraising event, hosted by the New York Racing Association and The Jockey Club, will be held Thursday, June 9, two days before the Belmont Stakes, in the Astor Hall section of the library. Tickets are $150 and proceeds benefit Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation and the Backstretch Employee Services Team.

The celebration will be catered by renowned restaurateur Danny Meyer’s Union Square Events and will include hors d’oeuvres, food stations, and a full bar in a cocktail party setting. Musical entertainment will be provided by Spank.

“The charity celebration is always one of the highlights of Belmont Stakes week,” said NYRA president and CEO Charles Hayward. “We are excited to team with The Jockey Club to host this terrific event and help raise money for horses and the dedicated backstretch workers who care for them.”