October 25, 2005 Contact: Peggy Hendershot (859) 422-2648
NTRA CHARITIES – NEW YORK HEROES FUND MAKES FINAL DISBURSEMENT OF $429,810
Distributions to Sept. 11-Related Programs Total Nearly $4.88 Million
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) and Breeders’ Cup Limited today announced disbursements totaling $429,809.81 from the NTRA Charities–New York Heroes Fund to Sept. 11-related charities. The disbursement represents the fund’s final contribution and brings the total amount disbursed to $4,879,809.81. The Heroes Fund is now closed.
Today’s disbursement benefits Scholarship America ($200,000), Tuesday’s Children ($75,000), the World Trade Center Family Center ($75,000), the World Trade Center Healing Services of Saint Vincent Catholic Medical Centers ($50,000) and America’s Camp ($29,809.81). The latter previously received $350,000 from the Heroes Fund.
The funds distributed today represent the fulfillment of a $1 million pledge to the Heroes Fund by Thoroughbred owner Ernie Paragallo. The pledge was payable through the sale of multi-year stallion seasons to Champion Sprinter Artax and to Unbridled’s Song, with whom Paragallo won the 1999 Breeders’ Cup Sprint and the 1995 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, respectively. Paragallo, a native of Brooklyn, made the contribution to the Heroes Fund in memory of several friends and firefighters who perished in the attack on the World Trade Center.
Laurence A. Levy accepted the contributions to Scholarship America and America’s Camp, which were presented by Breeders’ Cup Limited President D.G. Van Clief, Jr. during a Breeders’ Cup media luncheon at Gallagher’s Steakhouse in New York. Levy, chairman of America’s Camp, oversaw the Twin Towers Fund, established by former New York City Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani in the aftermath of Sept. 11. Scholarship America and America’s Camp continue Twin Tower programs. Dr. Tom Demaria, director of the World Trade Center Family Center, Mark Ackermann, president of St. Vincent Catholic Medical Center and Chris Burke, president of Tuesday's Children, also were in attendance.
NTRA, Breeders’ Cup Limited and the New York Racing Association (NYRA) formed the Heroes Fund to benefit the children and dependents of those who lost their lives on Sept. 11 and dedicated the Oct. 27, 2001 Breeders’ Cup World Thoroughbred Championships at NYRA’s Belmont Park in their honor. More than 300 individuals and organizations from the horseracing community supported the Heroes Fund.
Organizations that have received contributions include the Sept. 11 Fund–Pentagon Relief ($50,000); American Red Cross–Pentagon Relief Program ($50,000); the North Jersey Media Group Disaster Relief Fund ($50,000); Ronald McDonald House Charities ($50,000 for relief efforts at Ground Zero); World Trade Center Healing Services of Saint Vincent Catholic Medical Centers ($50,000); Tuesday’s Children ($75,000), the World Trade Center Family Center ($75,000); the Bergen County (N.J.) United Way–Community Response Fund ($100,000); the Port Authority Police World Trade Disaster Survivors’ Fund ($100,000); the World Trade Center Port Authority Memorial Fund ($150,000); Salvation Army of Greater New York ($150,000); The New York Times 9/11 Neediest Fund ($150,000); the Disaster Relief Fund of Newsday/McCormick Tribune Foundation ($150,000); Scholarship America ($200,000); Diocese of Rockville Centre (N.Y.) Emergency Relief Fund–World Trade Center Disaster Fund ($300,000); the Garden City (N.Y.) Community Fund–Family Relief Fund ($300,000); America’s Camp ($379,809.81); the New York State World Trade Center Relief Fund ($500,000); the New York Police and Fire Widows’ and Children’s Benefit Fund ($500,000); the Twin Towers Fund ($500,000); and the Silver Shield Foundation ($1 million).
Scholarship America is a scholarship consortium formed out of the Twin Towers Fund and has disbursed some $120 million to families affected by Sept. 11. Tuesday’s Children is a community outreach organization that provides mentoring to approximately 2,000 young children who lost family members in the attacks. The World Trade Center Family Center is a Rockville Centre, N.Y.-based mental health outreach program for grieving families. The World Trade Center Healing Services of Saint Vincent Catholic Medical Centers provides psychological trauma services to the residents of lower Manhattan and Staten Island who were affected by the attacks, rescue and recovery workers at the WTC site, public safety workers and family members of those who died in the attacks. America’s Camp is a free, 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.
Formed in 1999, NTRA Charities is a nonprofit, 501 (c) (3) subsidiary of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association, which provides public service announcements and other public awareness initiatives in support of its national affiliate, Ronald McDonald House Charities, as well as its horseracing affiliates.