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USHWA donates $1,000 to victims of South Florida Training Center fire
Friday, March 25, 2016 - by Jerry Connors

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Harrisburg, PA --- The United States Harness Writers Association (USHWA), the major trade group of harness racing communicators in North America and worldwide, will be making a $1,000 contribution towards the fund created to assist the people affected by the tragic fire of March 16 at the South Florida Training Center which claimed the lives of 12 horses, injured others and severely affected the lives of many owners and trainers stabled at the Center.

 

 “USHWA hopes this donation, along with the other harness racing groups and individual horsemen contributing to the situation at the training center, will aid in trying to restore some sort of normalcy to those involved in this devastating situation,” stated USHWA President Tim Bojarski, who was elected when the group held its annual meetings in nearby Fort Lauderdale the first weekend of March.

 

“Owning a stable of my own, I am intimately aware of how overwhelming losing a horse in this (or any) manner can be. These animals are not only a livelihood, they are also family members and to have something like this happen is just heartbreaking. I, and the entire membership of USHWA, send out our thoughts and prayers to everyone who was affected and hope for a quick calm for them after this terrible storm.”

 

"Several USHWA members visited the South Florida Training Center the weekend of the organization’s annual meetings and many connected with the center either attended the Dan Patch Awards Banquet that Sunday or have supported USHWA when they have had a horse of their own honored in the past. As they have been supporters of USHWA, USHWA supports them in their time of need" said Bojarski.

 

Funding will be donated through the GoFundMe account (https://www.gofundme.com/SouthFLTrainingCtr) set up by announcer Michael Carter of the Post Time with Mike& Mike podcast. In the nine days since the creation of the account, over $42,000 has been raised to aid the plight of the South Florida horsemen.

 


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