Jockeys and Jeans Fundraiser
PDJF fundraiser raises $150k.
February 9, 2017
With the tallying complete, Jockeys and Jeans raised over $150,000 during its second sale of stallion seasons online and select season auction at Gulfstream Park. All proceeds benefit Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund.
The total easily topped the $114,000 raised in its first auction last year. Founded in 2014 by a group of former jockeys, Jockeys and Jeans has raised some $650,000 for the organization that makes monthly payments to over 60 former jockeys who suffered career ending injuries. Some 40 are either quadra or paraplegics. Several of their stories can be read on JockeyandJeans.com.
“Leaders in many racing organizations along with a host of top breeders have decided to step up and make a difference in the lives of our fallen brothers and sisters, “ said J&J President Barry Pearl. “We thank each and every one and because of their generosity, we have momentum heading into our next annual event.”
The fourth annual Jockeys and Jeans fundraiser is set for June 3 at Parx Racing near Philadelphia. Last year’s event at Gulfstream Park honored six severely injured former jockeys, attracted Academy Award winner Robert Duvall, Hall of Fame golfer Raymond Floyd, dozens of famous jockeys and 14 Hall of Fame riders.
All mingled with the crowd and during a panel presentation watched video replays as famous former riders recounted their participation in many of the sport’s classic races. It raised $235,000 for PDJF.
“Parx Racing is honored to be hosting Jockeys and Jeans this coming June” said Parx Racing COO Joe Wilson. “Barry and his team have made great strides with their event to benefit the PDJF and we look forward to building on that momentum with them.”
For more information, contact Jockeys and Jeans Vice President, Eddie Donnally firstname.lastname@example.org or call 818-653-3711.
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