FUN AND FASHIONABLE FUNDRAISER
In homage to the longstanding hat-wearing tradition at horse races, guests wear hats to the Spring Fling luncheon. The fashionable fundraiser, held one week before the annual Belmont Stakes (June 8), included a fashion show By Veronica Beard, Americana Manhasset and an auction where guests bid for part-ownership in a thoroughbred racehorse.
“Our mission is to provide a safe, supportive and academically inspiring environment. We are committed to promoting early childhood education, molding young minds and encouraging the fulfillment of dreams,” says Joanne K. Adams, Executive Director, Belmont Child Care Association (BCCA). “The Spring Fling is one of BCCA’s most important events of the year. We honor incredible individuals and organizations from the local community and the thoroughbred racing industry who give their time and resources to BCCA. This year’s honorees, Angela Susan Anton of Anton Media Group, and the National Charity League, Garden City Chapter assisted us in raising funds which contribute to the care and education of the sons and daughters of New York thoroughbred racing backstretch workers who would not otherwise have the means for such trusted and quality child care. Each year as we raise these important funds, we have lots of fun!”
2019 Spring Fling sponsors included The Garden City Hotel, Jackson Family Wines, and NYRA. Top retailers, beauty and health service providers, and the hospitality industry from across Long Island donate in-kind raffles and auction prizes. The Garden City Chamber of Commerce is also a donor.
The 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization was established in 1998 to create a childcare center, Anna House, at Belmont Park providing early childhood education and development programs for the children of New York thoroughbred racing backstretch workers at Belmont Park, Aqueduct Race Track, and Saratoga Race Course.