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Celebrity Farms Continue To Donate

Published: September 29, 2008 9:00 am ET

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Celebrity Farms has announced it will donate a percentage of proceeds from Celebrity Secret's and Celebrity Tribute's races in the 116th Kentucky Futurity, the final leg of the Trotting Triple Crown, at the Red Mile on Saturday, October 4.

Also, the Celebrity Farms will be holding a VIP brunch on October 4 and "The Six Million Dollar Man," actor Lee Majors, will be on hand. The brunch is to take place Saturday, October 4 at 9:00 a.m. under the tent at the Red Mile Clubhouse

Celebrity Secret's and Celebrity Tribute's donations are combined with proceeds from all Celebrity Farms' horses racing since the charitable announcement made at the Hambletonian press conference by Celebrity Farms owner Sam Stathis following the untimely passing of 14-year-old Chris Vasiliou.

"My very dear friends, Harry and Mary Vasiliou, lost their son to an incurable disease, which promoted us to evaluate our own lives and to identify a means to assist Chris' family and many others throughout the world," says Mr. Stathis.

"In sharing a portion of Celebrity Farms' earnings, and not limiting it to just one race or one horse, through donations and raising awareness, we can provide maximum assistance to the foundation. It's a very humbling experience for our entire organization."

Just a teenager, Vasiliou passed away from complications from vasculitis in July. According to the Vasculitis Foundation website: "Vasculitis is an inflammation of the blood vessels, arteries, veins or capillaries. When such inflammation occurs, it causes changes in the walls of blood vessels, such as weakening and narrowing that can progress to the point of blood vessel blockage."

For more information regarding The Chris Vasiliou Memorial Foundation, click here.

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