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Monday, June 24, 2024Contact: Shannon Kelly 212.521.5327
Fashionable Fillies Luncheon to Honor the Late Nancy C. Kelly

The Jockey Club Safety Net Foundation will host its annual Fashionable Fillies Luncheon in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., at Saratoga National Golf Club on Monday, August 5, 2024.

The luncheon will honor the late Nancy C. Kelly and will welcome her sister, Fran, and nieces, Michelle and Lisa. Over the course of her 32-year career as the executive director of The Jockey Club Safety Net Foundation, Nancy helped thousands of individuals in need, totaling nearly $16 million in assistance.
Nancy organized countless fundraising events, ranging from golf tournaments to formal gala dinners, and she created the Fashionable Fillies Luncheon, raising hundreds of thousands of dollars for the foundation.  

The theme of this year’s Fashionable Fillies Luncheon is All Things Nancy! The luncheon will celebrate Nancy’s passions, including friendship, fashion, food, and wine. The event will feature shopping for handbags from Kent Stetson and Lisi Lerch, shoes from Violet’s of Saratoga, hats by Christine A. Moore, Patty Tobin Jewelry, and teaser spa and salon services, including HydraFacials, from Complexions Spa for Beauty and Wellness. There will be an Italian menu chosen by Angelo Mazzone’s team and delicious Jackson Family wines.

“This event is an important fundraiser for The Jockey Club Safety Net Foundation, whose mission is to assist those in need in the racing industry,” said Shannon Kelly, Executive Director, The Jockey Club Safety Net Foundation. “Common colds, broken bones, disease, family emergencies, the need for suitable clothing, holiday celebrations, and warm meals are all within the scope.
“This cause was near and dear to Nancy’s heart. She immersed herself in every case and was a nurturing and calming force for many who sought us out. Her smile was captivating, and her thoughtfulness and love were present in all that she did. For Nancy, it was personal. She grew our foundation into what it is today, and she will be forever missed.”

Tickets ($160) 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, medication, surgical and hospital costs, therapeutic equipment, voice-recognition computers for quadriplegics, and wheelchair-accessible vans. Since 1985, The Jockey Club Safety Net Foundation has provided more than $16 million in assistance.