CHICAGO – The heat is on and with it several summertime activities and events to benefit the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund (PDJF).
PDJF Day Across America – Over 30 race tracks across the U.S. will celebrate the 4th annual “PDJF Day Across America” on Sat., July 29. This is a day of fun, fundraising, and awareness-building with each track working with its local jockey colony to engage fans and patrons. Many tracks will be hosting jockey autograph sessions. Some other scheduled events include:
- A 5k run/walk will be held through the grounds of Arlington Park the morning of the 29th with all proceeds benefiting the PDJF. Contact organizer Joel Campbell for details: 847-372-6276;
- At Indiana Grand Racing & Casino, Shelbyville, IN, jockeys will compete in a foot race and a tug of war, and get wet in a dunk tank;
- Jockeys at Prairie Meadows, Altoona, IA, will be wrestling in sumo suits.
PDJF invites all media, tracks, jockeys, and fans to use Twitter hashtag #PDJFDay throughout the day and to follow us on Twitter (@PDJFund) and Facebook (www.facebook.com/jockeysfund) to keep up with all the festivities across the country.
“Hats, Heels and Hooves” Del Mar Opening Day After Party – PDJF Board Member Bo Derek will join other celebrities after the races on Weds., July 19 at The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe, CA. Proceeds will partly benefit the PDJF. More information: http://www.theinnatrsf.com/activities/del-mar-thoroughbred-clubs-official-opening-day-party/
PDJF Fundraiser at Capital OTB, Albany, NY – Jockey and celebrity bartenders, an autograph session, and a silent auction are features of the 2nd annual PDJF fundraiser at the Clubhouse Race Book, Capital OTB, Albany, NY on Weds., July 19. More information: http://www.capitalotb.com/2nd-annual-pdjf-event/
Horsemen’s Park to Host Jockeys’ Reunion – Many retired jockeys with gather at Horsemen’s Park, Omaha, NE, Fri., July 28 to reminisce about the glory days of racing at Ak-Sar-Ben, including a luncheon and jockey autograph signing to benefit the PDJF. Contact: Cindy Curran at 402-305-7591 (email: firstname.lastname@example.org).
Crooning a Tune for the PDJF – Saratoga jockeys will again try to outdo each other in the annual jockey karaoke contest benefitting PDJF on Mon., July 31 at Vapor Night Club inside Saratoga Casino and Raceway. Tickets are now on sale (https://pdjf.org/purchaseTickets.php) and sponsors are being sought (call 630-595-7660). Portions of the contest will be broadcast live on the PDJF’s Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/jockeysfund/). For more information visit www.pdjf.org.
Remington Park Charity Golf Tournament – PDJF will be a part beneficiary of the “2017 Riders Cup” charity golf tournament to be held September 18 at Lincoln Park Golf Club near Remington Park. Contact: Alexis Zeigler at 405-416-0973 (email: Alexis.Zeigler@remingtonpark.com).
The PDJF is a 501(c)(3) charity providing financial assistance to 60 former jockeys who have suffered catastrophic on-track injuries. Founded in 2006, the PDJF has disbursed nearly $9 million to permanently disabled jockeys, most of whom have sustained paralysis or traumatic brain injuries. The Fund is a cooperative effort among race tracks, jockeys, horsemen, owners, and racing fans. Visit www.pdjf.org for further information.