|Wednesday, May 08, 2002||Contact: Edward L. Bowen (859) 224-2850|
|Grayson-Jockey Club Foundation Appoints Kelly VP of Development|
Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation, the leading source of private funding for equine veterinary research, has named Nancy C. Kelly as its vice president of development, it was announced today by Edward L. Bowen, president of Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation.
Kelly had previously served as director of development for the Foundation.
“Nancy’s efforts have been invaluable in helping expand awareness of the Foundation and raise funds for research that benefits all horses,” said Bowen. “While continuing to organize fund-raising events such as the New York Racing Association’s Belmont Ball, Breeders’ Cup Charity Gala and several golf tournaments annually, she will work closely with the chairman and president of the Foundation on new fund-raising initiatives.”
Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation funds research throughout North America devoted solely to furthering the health, safety and soundness of horses. The Foundation this year will fund 22 projects for a total of nearly $800,000 and in the last two decades has provided over two dozen universities with more than $9.5 million to underwrite 179 specific projects. The Foundation is funded by private contributions and membership fees, and membership is open to any interested party.
Kelly joined The Jockey Club as an executive assistant in 1985 and was later promoted to special projects manager. In 1994, she became the director of development for the Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation and The Jockey Club Foundation, which provides assistance to needy individuals throughout the Thoroughbred racing industry. Kelly was appointed executive director of The Jockey Club Foundation in 1999.
In August 2001, Kelly was presented with the Red Smith “Good Guy” Award from the New York Turf Writers Association for her humanitarian efforts within the Thoroughbred industry.
She also serves on the board of directors of the Belmont Child Care Association, Inc. (BCCA) and the New York Racing Association’s Backstretch Employee Assistance Team (BEAT).
Prior to joining The Jockey Club, she spent eight years (1972-80) at the New York Racing Association.
Kelly and her husband, Jack, reside in Stewart Manor, New York.