NTRA Commissioner Tim Smith presented the check to former New York City Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani and America's Camp Chairman of the Board Laurence A. Levy during a fundraising function for the NTRA Political Action Committee at "21" in New York City on Nov. 20. They were joined by jockey Jose Santos, representing the more than 300 individuals and organizations from the horseracing community who have contributed or pledged nearly $5 million to the Heroes Fund.The NTRA, Breeders' Cup, and New York Racing Association (NYRA) formed the Heroes Fund to benefit the children and dependents of those lost in the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11 and dedicated the Oct. 27, 2001 World Thoroughbred Championships at NYRA's Belmont Park in their honor.
America's Camp is a one-week summer camp for boys and girls who lost a parent or sibling in the attacks of Sept. 11 and for the children of police and firefighters lost in the line of duty. Its partners include the Center for Grieving Children, Camp Group, and the Twin Towers Fund, which was founded by Mayor Giuliani.