Edited TCA releaseThoroughbred Charities of America has contributed $50,000 to various equine-related charities to help the victims of Hurricane Katrina. Responding to an emergency call from the Louisiana Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association explaining their members had no food, housing, or water for Labor Day weekend, TCA wired $20,000 to the Louisiana HBPA Sept. 2. After further research, additional $10,000 grants were sent to the American Association of Equine Practitioners Foundation-Hurricane Katrina Horses (AAEP Foundation-Hurricane Katrina Horses), the United States Equestrian Federation Hurricane Katrina Equine Fund (USEF Hurricane Katrina Equine Fund), and the Louisiana Veterinary Medical Association Equine Committee (LVMA Equine Committee-Horse Hurricane Relief).These emergency grants are just a few of the Thoroughbred industry's response to the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. Many more are being initiated to meet Bill Casner's matching challenge of up to $1-million to the Keeneland Foundation for Hurricane Katrina victims and they are still accepting donations during the Keeneland September Sales. As of Sep. 19, The Keeneland Foundation's total was $147,630. TCA is supported by the Thoroughbred industry, through their donations of seasons to the TCA/TOBA Stallion Season and Art Auction, which raised $1.8 million last year.