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Wednesday, June 28, 2023Contact: Shannon Kelly 212.521.5327
Fashionable Fillies Luncheon to be held in Saratoga on August 7

The Jockey Club Safety Net Foundation will host its annual Fashionable Fillies Luncheon in Saratoga at Saratoga National Golf Club on Monday, August 7.

The luncheon will honor Libby Imperio, a longtime supporter of The Jockey Club Safety Net Foundation, horse owner, and president of the Belmont Child Care Association. Outside of racing, Imperio has been a member of CME-Nymex for more than 20 years, trading for herself in world energy markets and specializing in precious metals. 

This year’s Fashionable Fillies Luncheon has an exciting new theme, “A Day at the Spa!” Guests will celebrate and explore the beauty and wellness realm with special guest Heather Thomson, CEO, inventor, health and wellness expert, and reality TV star. Heather will lead a discussion with Denise Dubois, founder of Complexions Spa & Dubois Beauty & Wellness. The event will also feature teasers of spa and salon services, including skin consultations, and pop-up shopping featuring skincare and relaxation products, loungewear brands from Violet’s of Saratoga, and Beyond Fresh, Thomson’s premium line of whole food powder supplements.  

The luncheon will offer an infused water and herbal tea bar, Jackson Family wines, and a fresh and colorful food menu.

“We are so excited to have a new theme for Fashionable Fillies Saratoga, a city known for being a wellness escape. We have partnered with Denise and Complexions Spa over the years, and they have always been an amazing resource. We’re especially excited to join forces with Heather and learn more about her experience in the health and wellness sphere. Heather is a native of the Capital Region, and we’re excited to welcome her back,” said Shannon Kelly, executive director of The Jockey Club Safety Net Foundation. “Having Libby as our honoree is a great fit, as her dedication to and care for the backstretch community in New York is apparent in her role at Belmont Childcare Association. Libby has supported Fashionable Fillies for many years and always comes dressed to impress!”

A donation to Belmont Childcare Association’s Saratoga center, Faith’s House, will be made in Imperio’s honor. 

Fashionable Fillies Saratoga has traditionally been Safety Net’s premier fundraiser.

Tickets ($150) and sponsorship opportunities are available at

The Jockey Club Safety Net Foundation is a charitable trust that provides, on a confidential basis, financial relief to needy members of the Thoroughbred industry and their families. Recipients of the Safety Net Foundation’s support represent virtually every facet of the Thoroughbred industry, from jockeys, trainers, exercise riders, and grooms to office personnel and other employees of racetracks, racing organizations, and breeding farms. Assistance can come in any number of forms, including financial aid for basic living expenses such as rent and household bills, and for medication, surgical, and hospital costs. Since 1985, The Jockey Club Safety Net Foundation has provided more than $16 million in assistance.