First Out to Pasture Party a Success

From a Churchill Downs Inc. release

Churchill Downs Inc. raised a total of $101,000 to benefit the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation, a non-profit racehorse rescue and retirement organization, during CDI's inaugural "Out to Pasture Party" on Friday, June 14. All proceeds from the fundraiser will go to the care and feeding of horses retired to --or being rehabilitated at--TRF farms.

The Out to Pasture Party--held at the Kentucky Derby Museum on the eve of "Stephen Foster Super Saturday" at Churchill Downs--featured a benefit dinner and live and silent auctions. The live auction offered eight V.I.P. trip packages to major racing and sporting events, including the 2003 Kentucky Derby, 2002 Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships and 2002 PGA Tournament. The silent auction featured horse racing and sports memorabilia and other premium items and services.

"We are thrilled with the community's response to the Out to Pasture Party," said Cathy Z. Rutter, CDI's vice president of community relations. "This fundraiser was embraced by Kentucky horsemen, racing fans, the general public and our employees, who donated hundreds of hours of their time and expertise to make the event a tremendous success. To raise more than $100,000 in our inaugural year is a fantastic accomplishment and proof of CDI's commitment to support the TRF through the Company's Green Pastures Program(tm)."

The Green Pastures Program is a formal partnership between CDI, its six racetracks and the TRF. Launched in April 2002, the Green Pastures Program is designed to educate horsemen, racing fans and the general public about the benefits of retiring racehorses while they are still sound and suitable for second careers. Additionally, the Green Pastures Program seeks to raise awareness of the TRF's racehorse donation, adoption and sponsorship programs through CDI-sponsored publicity and marketing efforts.