The Breeders' Cup Charity Celebration will be an exciting prelude to the 22nd Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships, which will be held the following day - Oct. 29 - at Belmont Park in Elmont, N.Y."We believe it is vital for the Thoroughbred racing community to show its support for the victims of Hurricane Katrina, and contributions from the Breeders' Cup Charity Gala is a great way for racing to take a leadership position in this national endeavor," said D.G. Van Clief, Jr., President of Breeders' Cup Ltd., and Commissioner of the NTRA. "We look forward to a magnificent evening benefiting this immediate cause, and to also benefit our other important recipients, the Fund for Public Health in New York and the Grayson-Jockey Club Foundation."Former Presidents George Bush and Bill Clinton established the Bush-Clinton Katrina Fund to provide relief and rebuilding resources to help the victims of the Hurricane Katrina disaster in the Gulf Coast.The Fund for Public Health in New York works to improve the capacity of hospitals and primary care providers in New York to respond to public health emergencies. Board Treasurer John M.B. O'Connor and Anastasie Christiansen-Croy of the Fund for Public Health are co-hosts of the Breeders' Cup Charity Celebration with Mr. and Mrs. D.G. Van Clief, Jr. "Anastasie and I are very honored to be part of the leadership team organizing this important event," said O'Connor." The Thoroughbred community has a long and distinguished tradition of charitable support and the current generation is living up to the high standards set by those who have gone before us.
The Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation, the longest serving supporter of the Breeders' Cup Charity Gala, is a leading source of private funding for equine veterinary research and since 1983 has underwritten 200 projects at 32 universities for more than $12 million.