The Fillies & Lilies Party, one of Derby Week’s major, new social happenings, has named the Permanently Disabled Jockeys' Fund (PDJF) as the event’s charity beneficiary for 2015.
Derby Experiences will donate $100 of each of the remaining tickets sold to the Fillies & Lilies Party to the PDJF on behalf of its clients.
The Permanently Disabled Jockeys' Fund (PDJF) is an independent 501(c)(3) public charity that provides financial assistance to former jockeys who have suffered catastrophic on-track injuries. Created in 2006 by leaders in the horse racing industry, PDJF has disbursed over $6 million and currently supports 61 permanently disabled jockeys, most of whom have paralysis or traumatic brain injuries. Since its founding in 2006, through a collaborative effort of many leaders in the horse racing industry, including race tracks, jockeys, horsemen, and many others, the fund has disbursed over $5 million to permanently disabled jockeys, most of whom have sustained paralysis or brain injuries.
Many of the jockeys we serve were injured while in their 20s and 30s and face decades of living with a disability. They have lost their income and the opportunity to build a financial cushion sufficient to support them and their families.
The medical needs of our disabled jockeys are great and may include daily assistance from a caregiver. In today's healthcare environment, costs continue to escalate - posing still more challenges to individuals who courageously test their limits every day.
The PDJF strives to reach out to everyone in the Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse industry, their business partners and the great fans of this sport for their support. Our long-term goal is to create an endowment that will enable the fund to be self-sufficient. While we build that endowment we ask for your support so that we may continue to assist these permanently disabled jockeys with their day-to-day needs.
The PDJF is committed to working with both industry and medical research groups to improve the safety of both the human and equine athlete as well as medical research projects dedicated to reducing catastrophic injuries.