The Kentucky Derby Raffle is in it`s tenth year, planned and arranged by Gary Piontkowski C.O.O. and his staff which included Steve O`Toole, Gen. Mgr.; Donna Merrick, Cust. Serv./Gift Shop Coordinator; John DeFiore, Cust. Serv./Mutuels; and a backup staff of others.
The winner was Cindy Chapman-Koch of Neptune New Jersey ticket # 7884 for a $4000.00 bet on The Derby. She is involved with Chapman Stakes Racing and her husband is Peter Koch, Director of Racing /Race Secretary at The Meadowlands.
Second Prize went to Karen Craft of Huntington, Delaware with ticket # 11463 for a $1500.00 bet on The Derby.
Third Prize went to Marc Bouthillier, Northboro, Mass. with ticket # 14211 for a $500.00 bet on The Derby and Marc and his wife Cathy are horseowners as Cathy trains the horses and Marc drives them in the Amateur Club`s races.
A special fourth prize was awarded and the winner was Carrigan Andrews of Plainville, Mass. with ticket # 0431 for a $200.00 wager on The Derby.
The picture includes all the participants that were involved as charity groups in the raffle.
They include as follows: American Credit Counseling; Harness Horse Youth Foundation; Harness Racing Museum and Hall of Fame; New England Harness Writers Assoc.; Phoenix Rising Equine Rescue; Plainville Athletic League; Plainville Lions Club; Vince Wilfork Diabetes Foundation and yes, that is same Vince Wilfork who is a member of our beloved New England Patriots.
The four tickets were drawn by the cousins and children of VInce Wilfork.