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OLD FRIENDS INC's Fundraiser:

Old Friends Feed the Steeds for a Week Campaign

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THE STORY:

In a little more than a decade Old Friends, the Thoroughbred Retirement Facility in Georgetown, KY, has put a new face on the concept of equine aftercare. Founded in 2003 by former Boston Globe film critic Michael Blowen, the organization has grown from a leased paddock and one horse to a 136-acre farm and a herd of 158 rescued and retired horses, including several pensioned stallions. Blowen had long believed that horses past their prime could still be valuable – money-earning, even—if the venue was right. And so Old Friends opened its doors to the public, inviting fans to revisit their turf heroes. These days the farm attracts nearly 20,000 visitors annually who come to swoon over such American Grade 1 winners as Amazombie, Gulch, Game On Dude, and most recently Kentucky Derby champion Silver Charm. And while such rock stars draw crowds, the revenue they raise supports hard-knockers like Swan’s Way, whose resume boast 81 starts and only 8 wins or Easy Grades, a one-time Kentucky Derby contender who ended up struggling in $5K claimers at the age of 9. In 2014 Old Friends was rewarded with an Eclipse Award honoring extraordinary service in the sport of racing. But perhaps the greatest reward of all has been respect and support of the owners, trainers, and fans who not only donate to the cause of protecting these amazing athletes but come out to the farm often and visit with all of their old friends.

$1,416

MONEY RAISED
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  • Noa & Emi Travalia

    $36

  • Amy Samonds and Suzy Reno

    $50

  • Susan

    $25

  • Wendy Dadswell

    $30

  • Kelli Woolsey

    $100

  • Annie B.

     

  • Sarah Sullivan

     

  • Katherine Latham

    $100

  • Denny and Cindy

    $250

  • Torey

    $30

  • Susan Jelmini-Haynes

     

  • Marge R.

    $25

  • Vicki

    $20

  • Virginia B.

    $250

  • Mary Alice Kier and Anna Cottle

    $100

  • Lisa &Mike;

    $50

  • Elke A.

    $30

  • Vicki Stolz

    $100

  • Melody

    $50

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28% Raised of $5,000 Goal

The Team: $1,416 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

Fundraiser Title

OLD FRIENDS INC

Amount Raised

$1,266

 

25% Raised of $5,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Mary Alice Kier

Amount Raised

$100

Fundraiser Title

Susan Jelmini-Haynes

Amount Raised

$50

Donor Comments

Melody

Melody

DONATION: $50

2 years ago

Vicki Stolz

Vicki Stolz

DONATION: $100

In Honor of my sister's 27+ yr old OTTB, Run Sue Run (Barn Name: Bailey). His great grand sire is 1970 KY Derby winner Dust Commander. His grand sire is 1975 Preakness winner Master Derby (Dust Commander's most famous son). Dust Commander's other famous son, Run Dusty Run, ran against Seattle Slew in the 1977 Triple Crown races placing 2nd-Derby, 3rd-Preakness, and 2nd-Belmont. 2 years ago

Elke A.

Elke A.

DONATION: $30

2 years ago

Lisa &Mike;

Lisa &Mike;

DONATION: $50

In memory of Mixed Pleasure, race on always 2 years ago

Mary Alice Kier and Anna Cottle

Mary Alice Kier and Anna Cottle

DONATION: $100

In memory of Helen Brann who had a passion for throughbred racing and racehorses all her life...breeding and successfully racing them over the years in New York state. 2 years ago

Virginia B.

Virginia B.

DONATION: $250

2 years ago

Vicki

Vicki

DONATION: $20

2 years ago

Marge R.

Marge R.

DONATION: $25

In memory of my OTTB, Megan. 2 years ago

Susan Jelmini-Haynes

Susan Jelmini-Haynes

In memory of Kiri's Clown. 2 years ago

Torey

Torey

DONATION: $30

2 years ago