INGLEWOOD, Calif. (July 1, 2009) ― The Race Track Chaplaincy of America (RTCA) today announced that August 31, 2009, is the nominations deadline for the 2009 White Horse Award, which recognizes a racing-related heroic act on behalf of human or horse.
Bestowed annually since 2003, the White Horse Award will be presented at the White Horse Award Luncheon on November 5, 2009, at Santa Anita Park, the day before the start of the Breeders’ Cup World Championships.
The White Horse Fellowship, which selects the winner, is composed of members of the horse racing industry and corporate partners who support the White Horse Award Program. Each believes in the RTCA mission and have decided to take a leadership roll in not only serving those workers, but honoring one individual or group annually who answers the call to go above and beyond.
“I think it’s God’s plan that every day someone does something heroic on a certain level,” said Pat Day, who co-hosted the awards ceremony in 2008, at which the group of horsemen who rescued 19 horses from the tragic barn fire in Vinton, La., last summer were honored. “The White Horse Award is a special way to recognize those in the horse racing industry who go the extra mile to follow His plan.”
The White Horse Award winner will receive a $5,000 cash prize, a limited-edition White Horse bronze statue by noted sculptress Lisa Perry, and a trip for two to the Breeders’ Cup. Two runners-up will receive $1,000 each and a plaque recognizing their heroic effort.
Nominations will be accepted for heroic acts that have happened since August 1, 2008, and prior nominees are not eligible. The nominator must provide contact information for the nominee and a detailed description of the heroic act. Newspaper articles, eyewitness accounts, video and any other supporting information are encouraged. Nominations should be submitted by August 31, 2009, to the RTCA at (310) 419-1640, firstname.lastname@example.org or PO Box 91640, Los Angeles, CA 90009. More information is available at www.racetrackchaplaincy.org.
Founded in Florida in 1971 and headquartered at Hollywood Park in Inglewood, Calif., RTCA is a 501©(3) organization whose 77 chaplains minister to the spiritual, physical, emotional, social and educational needs of the horse racing industry at more than 120 racetracks throughout the world. For more information, contact RTCA Executive Director Dr. Enrique Torres at (310) 419-1640 or email@example.com.
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