Churchill Giving New Vocations a Boost!

November 13, 2023

Churchill Downs Incorporated offers $20,000 Giving Tuesday Match

New Vocations Press Release 

LEXINGTON, Ky. – New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program has announced that Churchill Downs Incorporated (CDI) represented by their nine racetrack properties, will match all Giving Tuesday donations to the program, up to $20,000, in support of Thoroughbred and Standardbred racehorse aftercare. Giving Tuesday—a global movement that encourages people around the world to give, collaborate, and celebrate generosity—takes place Nov. 28 this year. 

“CDI is pleased to jump start New Vocations’ holiday giving campaign with a match donation. The work New Vocations does is vital to both the Thoroughbred and Standardbred industries,” said Cathy Shircliff, Director of Equine Industry Relations for CDI. “On behalf of Thoroughbred tracks Churchill Downs Racetrack, Colonial Downs, Ellis Park, Fair Grounds Race Course, Presque Isle Downs and Turfway Park and Standardbred tracks Miami Valley Gaming, Oak Grove Racing Gaming & Hotel and Ocean Downs Casino, thank you New Vocations for all that you do!”

Aftercare awareness has grown significantly since New Vocations’ inception in 1992, which means the need for its program continues to expand and grow, having already served 20% more horses in 2023 than in 2022. As a nonprofit organization, New Vocations relies heavily on donations to carry out its mission to rehab, retrain, and rehome retired racehorses. 

“We are very thankful for Churchill Downs Incorporated’s generous match to support our Giving Tuesday campaign,” shared Anna Ford, New Vocations’ Program Director. “We are happy to be able to provide our aftercare services to all of the CDI racetrack properties.  The campaign will help us raise the much-needed funds to cover the increase in costs we have seen due to the influx of horses coming into the program this year.”

This year, the joy of giving is leveled up with an extra ounce of fun by featuring five unique Giving Challenges starting today. To ensure Giving Tuesday gifts are matched, and to participate in Giving Challenges, interested individuals are asked to donate by Nov. 28 at  For more information, contact Carey Cairo

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