Saratoga Springs, N.Y. – LNJ Foxwoods raised more than $85,000 for the Horses First Fund administered by Thoroughbred Charities of America at a cocktail party Sunday evening in Saratoga Springs. The event, held at Salt & Char in downtown Saratoga Springs, featured live auction items including halters worn by American Pharoah, War Front, Tapit, Curlin, and Arrogate, an Andre Pater oil painting, a Napa Valley wine excursion package, private air travel, two-nights at the Adelphi Hotel, and sales videos from ThoroStride.
The Horse First Fund was established in June 2016 by LNJ Foxwoods to assist the horses abandoned in Mercer County, Kentucky and horses in need of emergency aid in the future. To date the fund has raised over $38,000 and expended more than $24,000 in support of the Mercer County horses.
“TCA is deeply grateful to LNJ Foxwoods for their vision, their generosity, and their outstanding dedication to equine welfare,” said TCA president Mike McMahon. “The success of this event insures that TCA is prepared to respond quickly wherever and whenever Thoroughbreds are in need.”
“The Horses First Fund was established to be a resource for Thoroughbreds in need of emergency aid,” said Jaime Roth, manager of LNJ Foxwoods and TCA Director. “We want to ensure that there is adequate funding available should the need arise in the future. We greatly appreciate the support of our item donors and buyers.”
Donations to the Horses First Fund can be made online at tca.org.
TCA’s mission is to provide a better life for Thoroughbreds, both during and after their racing careers, by supporting qualified repurposing and retirement organizations and by helping the people who care for them. TCA distributes grants to several categories of Thoroughbred-related nonprofits including rehabilitation, retraining, rehoming and retirement organizations; backstretch and farm employee programs; equine-assisted therapy programs; and research organizations. Since its inception in 1990, TCA has granted over $22 million to more than 200 charities. From 2000-2016, more than 95% of TCA’s expenditures were allocated to program services including direct grants. TCA is the charitable arm of the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association (TOBA).