The Race Track Chaplaincy of America (RTCA), in partnership with the National HBPA and Equine Equipment, is pleased to announced a fundraising raffle to help the organization further its goal of serving the racing industry.

The RTCA will be selling 200 raffle tickets at $50 each for a chance to win a commercial Toro or Exmark mower valued at up to $8,300. The mower is being donated by Equine Equipment with the support of the National HBPA.

The RTCA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit Christian organization whose purpose is to minister to the wide range of needs of workers within the horse racing industry.

“The National HBPA’s motto is ‘horsemen helping horsemen,’ so we are proud to support organizations like the RTCA that do so much to support the hard-working people in the horse racing industry,” said Eric Hamelback, the National HBPA’s CEO. “We encourage all horsemen to support the RTCA, either through buying a raffle ticket or by making a donation to help this worthy organization.”

“I am honored to represent companies like Toro and Exmark that not only provide discounts to the entire horse world on the industry’s best-selling products but are also generous corporate citizen with their support of organizations like the RTCA,” said Steve Andersen, founder of Equine Equipment. “I have seen firsthand the dedication of the racetrack chaplains, so to support them is the right thing to do. To do it in conjunction with the National HBPA shows the commitment that horsemen and women have to supporting the chaplaincy and a job well-done by all.”

“We want to thank everyone at Equine Equipment and the National HBPA for this incredible donation,” said Dan Waits, Executive Director of the RTCA. “Our partners are an important part of the RTCA story and mission. It’s because of their support that the Chaplains, councils and volunteers of RTCA can serve the estimated 450,000 employees of the horse racing industry. From the shedrows to the front office, these faithful servants minister to the spiritual, emotional, physical, social and educational needs of everyone involved.”

Tickets can be purchased by calling (859) 410-7822 or by emailing info@rtcanational.org.  Tickets will also be available at the RTCA’s White Horse Awards to be held October 31 prior to the Breeders’ Cup World Championships at Santa Anita Park. The winner will be drawn at the University of Arizona’s Global Symposium on Racing set for December 9-11. For more details, go to the RTCA website at www.rtcanational.org.