Play Poker Against Mike “The Grinder” Mizrachi and Win Tickets to the Breeders’ Cup

CARMA to hold its 5th annual “Poker in Paradise” for retired racehorses

Bring your best poker face to Del Mar on Saturday, July 21, to help support retired racehorses. California Retirement Management Account (CARMA) will host its 5th annual charity poker tournament, “Poker in Paradise – A Night Under the Stars,” at the Del Mar Hilton Hotel at 6:30 p.m.

Your donation will not only go toward a worthy cause, you’ll get a chance to play against poker pro/celeb Mike “The Grinder” Mizrachi, a winner of the World Series of Poker $50,000 Players Championship. The grand prize of the night will be a Breeders’ Cup package for two, which includes two Club Theater seats for Friday and Saturday, Nov. 2-3, at Santa Anita Park, and two VIP party tickets. In addition, players who reach the final table of eight will win a seat at the Breeders’ Cup Celebrity Poker Invitational on Oct. 30 in Los Angeles.

Poker in Paradise attendees, for a $20 donation, will enjoy the laid-back tropical paradise theme along with appetizers that include sliders and a mashed potato martini bar. Guests will mix and mingle with racehorse owners, trainers and jockeys.

Individual poker players enter into the Texas Hold ‘Em tournament for a $200 donation. Corporate tables for eight players are available for a $3,000 donation. Register for the event by July 1st and receive a complimentary Clubhouse Pass valid any single day of the 2012 Del Mar race meeting.

“We are so pleased that the Breeders’ Cup is a partner in this year’s “Poker in Paradise’ event,” said CARMA Board Chair Madeline Auerbach. “People who attend the event always have a great time and are so generous to support our work to help the horses in our racing community. We look forward to seeing everyone back again and welcome ‘The Grinder’ to the event.”

Buy a seat now or for information please call (626) 574-6622 or email info@CARMA4horses.org. The Del Mar Hilton hotel is located at 15575 Jimmy Durante Blvd, Del Mar, California 92014. Attendees must be at least 21 years of age.

5th Annual Poker in Paradise Event on Saturday July 21, 2012

5th Annual Charity “Poker in Paradise” Event Raises Funds to Care for Retired Racehorses
 
–Tournament to be held on Opening Weekend of the 2012 Del Mar Racing Season–

Arcadia, CA – In support of providing funding for the rehabilitation, retraining and/or retirement of Thoroughbred horses that have raced in California, CARMA will be hosting their 5th annual charity poker tournament, Poker in Paradise – A Night Under the Stars, on Saturday, July 21, at the Del Mar Hilton Hotel at 6:30 pm.

CARMA (California Retirement Management Account) is a charitable 501 (c)(3) organization formed to assist Thoroughbred rehabilitation and retirement organizations that
facilitate the care and retraining of horses who raced in California and whose racing careers have ended. CARMA ensures the racehorses have retirement options by managing and disbursing funds to qualified retirement facilities caring for such horses.

In support of CARMA’s efforts, attendees of the Poker in Paradise event will enjoy a laid back tropical paradise theme along with heavy appetizers.  Guests will mix and mingle with industry elite, including racehorse owners, trainers and jockeys.

“We are extremely proud of the work we’ve done over the last five years for the horses in our racing community, and are looking forward to the continued support of our friends and partners at this year’s “Poker in Paradise” event,” said CARMA Board Chair Madeline Auerbach. “The CARMA program has been a proven success in terms of dollars raised and most importantly in the tangible results seen at our benefitting farms and facilities where the horses live. CARMA has become a leader in the retirement/adoption community and events like this make our work possible.”

Individual poker players enter into the Texas Hold ‘Em style tournament with a $200 donation. Poker players are encouraged to bring guests to attend and enjoy the event.  Corporate tables for 8 players are available for a $3,000 donation. Additional donation opportunities will be available through on-site opportunity drawings. Register for the event by July 1st and receive a complimentary Clubhouse Pass valid any single day of 2012 Del Mar Meet.

Tickets for the Poker in Paradise event are now available at www.carma4horses.org. For questions please call (626) 574-6622 or email info@CARMA4horses.org. The Del Mar Hilton hotel is located at 15575 Jimmy Durante Blvd, Del Mar, California 92014.

Attendees must be at least 21 years of age.

CARMA is funded by individual donations and by a 0.3 percent deduction from purses to help fund equine retirement.  This deduction, one owners can opt-out of, is used to help support equine retirement farms and other non-profit programs that care for and retrain retired Thoroughbred racehorses.   Since its inception in 2008, CARMA has granted over $1.08 million which has provided  care to hundreds of Thoroughbreds that participated in California races at some point in their career. Over 80 percent of the funds raised by the organization are utilized in the day-to-day care of these horses.

Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance Launched

This is great news for Thoroughbred racing!  Read the press release below about a new national funding organization for retired racehorses.

 

 

For Immediate Release:

Contact:  Eric Wing, NTRA Communications
212-521-5316 ewing@ntra.com

THOROUGHBRED AFTERCARE ALLIANCE IS LAUNCHED

New York, NY – February 9, 2012 – A broad-based group of Thoroughbred industry stakeholders announced today the establishment of the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance (TAA)—an organization designed to serve as both the accrediting body for aftercare facilities that care for Thoroughbreds following the conclusion of their racing careers and a fundraising body to support these approved facilities.

Funded initially by seed money from Breeders’ Cup, Ltd., The Jockey Club, and Keeneland Association, the TAA is comprised of owners, trainers, breeders, racetracks, jockeys, aftercare professionals and other industry groups.

“It is our responsibility as owners, tracks, breeders, trainers, jockeys, bloodstock agents, and anyone who has a stake in the game to take responsibility for the aftercare of these great animals who are the keystone of our sport,” said TAA board President and Thoroughbred owner Jack Wolf. “Securing support and funding from Breeders’ Cup, The Jockey Club,  Keeneland and so many other great organizations speaks to the credibility and importance of our effort and is so greatly appreciated.”

Additional support of the TAA has been provided by Adena Springs North, CARMA, Fasig-Tipton, The Jockeys’ Guild, New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association, The New York  Racing Association, Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company and Thoroughbred Charities of America. The organization also received staff support from Thoroughbred Charities of America, the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association and the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA). The NTRA will continue to provide that support on an ongoing basis.

The TAA will accredit aftercare facilities based on a Code of Standards covering operations, education, horse management, facility services and adoption policies. Simultaneously, the  TAA will raise funds on behalf of accredited facilities via institutional contributions that are to be directed 100% to program services rather than to fundraising or general administrative costs.

“The Breeders’ Cup is proud to be one of the initial funders for the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance and fully support the TAA goals of an industry-wide, annually funded program committed to the placement or second-career retraining of retired Thoroughbreds on a national scale,” said Craig Fravel, President and CEO of Breeders’ Cup Ltd. “Through the contributions of our sport’s stakeholders, we can help ensure that our horses are treated in a dignified manner throughout their lives.”

“The Jockey Club’s involvement and support of the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance is a natural extension of our other ongoing efforts in the area of Thoroughbred aftercare,” said James L. Gagliano, The Jockey Club’s President and Chief Operating Officer. “The accreditation and proper funding for aftercare facilities will greatly enhance the well-being of our equine athletes, and we encourage other groups and individuals from all segments of our sport to support this Alliance.”

“Thoroughbred aftercare is something that touches us all,” said Nick Nicholson, President and CEO of Keeneland. “We are proud to do our part, and I know that virtually everyone else will be equally proud to do theirs in order to make the TAA an ongoing success.”

The TAA, a 501 (c) (6) non-profit organization with a 501 (c) (3) subsidiary, will fill out its staff and provide additional updates in the coming months. The TAA offices will be based in
Lexington, Ky.

“Poker in Paradise” Set For July 23, 2011

4th Annual Charity “Poker in Paradise” Event Raises Funds to Care for Retired Racehorses

–Tournament to be held on Opening Weekend of the 2011 Del Mar Racing Season–

 In support of providing funding for the rehabilitation, retraining and/or retirement of Thoroughbred horses that have raced in California, CARMA will be hosting their 4th annual charity Texas Hold ‘Em tournament, Poker in Paradise, on Saturday, July 23, at the Del Mar Hilton Hotel at 6pm.

CARMA (California Retirement Management Account) is a charitable 501 (c)(3) organization formed to assist Thoroughbred rehabilitation and retirement organizations that facilitate the care and retraining of horses who raced in California and whose racing careers have ended. CARMA ensures the racehorses have retirement options by managing and disbursing funds to qualified retirement facilities caring for such horses.

In support of CARMA’s efforts, attendees of the Poker in Paradise event will enjoy a laid back tropical paradise theme along with heavy appetizers.  Guests will mix and mingle with industry elite, including racehorse owners, trainers and jockeys. 

“We are extremely proud of the work we’ve done for the horses in our racing community and look forward to the support at this year’s Poker in Paradise event to enable us to continue our work,” said CARMA Board Chair Madeline Auerbach. “The CARMA program has been a proven success in terms of dollars raised and most importantly in the tangible results seen at our benefitting farms and facilities where the horses live. I’ve seen firsthand that the money is being put to good use.”

Individual poker players enter into the Texas Hold ‘Em style tournament with a $200 donation. Poker players are encouraged to bring guests to attend and enjoy the event.  Corporate tables for 8 players are available for a $3,000 donation. Additional donation opportunities will be available through on-site opportunity drawings. Register for the event by July 1st and receive a complimentary Clubhouse Pass valid any single day of 2011 Del Mar Meet.

CARMA is funded by individual donations and by their work with the California Horse Racing Board (CHRB) to adopt a rule allowing for a 0.3 percent deduction from purses to help fund equine retirement.  This deduction, one owners can opt-out of, is used to help support equine retirement farms and other non-profit programs that care for and retrain retired Thoroughbred racehorses.   To date, CARMA has received support from 80 percent of horse owners.

Since its inception in 2008, CARMA has granted $728,810 which has provided care to hundreds of Thoroughbreds that participated in California races at some point in their career. Over 80 percent of the funds raised by the organization are utilized in the day-to-day care of these horses. 

Tickets for the Poker in Paradise event are now available at www.carma4horses.org. For questions please call (626) 574-6622 or email info@CARMA4horses.org. The Del Mar Hilton hotel is located at 15575 Jimmy Durante Blvd, Del Mar, California 92014.  Attendees must be at least 21 years of age.

Lucinda Mandella Named CARMA Executive Director

          California Retirement Management Account (CARMA) and Santa Anita Park are pleased to announce the establishment of a permanent office at the historic track.  CARMA has hired a full-time Executive Director as the next step in providing funds for the care and retraining of California’s retired racehorses. Lucinda Mandella, as CARMA’s new Executive Director, will head the organization’s fundraising and awareness efforts.

A graduate of the University of Arizona’s Racetrack Industry Program, Mandella has spent the last 14 years as Director of Owner Services for the Thoroughbred Owners of California (TOC), where she headed that organization’s successful continuing education program and provided on-track liaison services for owners. Mandella also worked closely with Thoroughbred owner and breeder Madeline Auerbach in founding CARMA in late 2007.

“CARMA has raised the bar in terms of funding for our retired racehorses,” said Mandella. “I am honored that Madeline and the CARMA board have entrusted me with the responsibility of taking the organization to the next level.”

Santa Anita Park has generously donated office space to give CARMA a permanent home at the Great Race Place. “We are thrilled and delighted that Santa Anita will be CARMA’s home,” said Auerbach, who serves as CARMA’s board chair. “There is nowhere else we would rather be.”

“There is no greater cause in our industry than taking care of our retired horses,” said Santa Anita President George Haines.  “We applaud CARMA’s efforts these past three years and on behalf of the entire industry here in California, we thank them for their hard work and dedication. 

“We’re happy to be able to provide them with a permanent home here at Santa Anita and we congratulate Lucinda on her promotion to Executive Director.  We wish her and the organization all the best in the future.”

CARMA, a 501c3 non-profit, raises money for retired Thoroughbred racehorses that have raced in California. It also has a seat on the NTRA Safety Alliance’s aftercare subcommittee, which works toward a national solution to issues surrounding retired racehorses.

CARMA is run by an independent board of directors and is responsible for hosting fundraising events, educating owners and trainers on equine retirement, and working to unify the industry in support of retiring equine athletes. For more information, visit CARMA’s website at www.carma4horses.org.

Texas Hold ‘Em Tournament

Charity Texas Hold ’Em Tournament “Poker in Paradise” Raises Funds to Care for Retired Racehorses at 3rd Annual Event

Tournament to be held on Opening Weekend of the 2010 Del Mar Racing Season

San Diego, CA, June 7, 2010 — In support of providing funding for the rehabilitation, retraining and/or retirement of Thoroughbred horses that have raced in California, CARMA will be hosting their 3rd annual charity Texas Hold ‘Em tournament, Poker in Paradise, sponsored by TVG-Betfair, on Saturday, July 24, at the Del Mar Hilton Hotel at 6pm.