Historic Track gets $4,000 from Monti-Goshen USHWA
(Photo by Geri Schwarz)
By Chris Tully
GOSHEN — Continuing a tradition that has endured for decades, but updating the presentation to a Grand Circuit Race Day, the Monticello-Goshen Chapter of the United States Harness Writers Association made their annual $4,000 donation on June 30 to Goshen Historic Track.
Track president Steve Jones was on hand to accept the donation from chapter president Chris Tully
“We truly appreciate the consistent and generous support of our local chapter of harness racing scribes," Jones said. "They help us to continue to shine during our important Grand Circuit race meet. And they throw a pretty good banquet too!”
Jones and Tully were flanked by USHWA National president Shawn Wiles and Museum director Janet Terhune as well as officers and directors from Historic Track in the winner’s circle following the second race Saturday at the Cradle of the Trotter.
The amount of the donation has increased to $4,000 from past years, thanks in part to new fundraising venture, the Iron Horse Poker Run, a recent motorcycle event that brought over 120 Harley-Davidson enthusiasts to Goshen’s Hall of Fame.
In addition, a successful banquet and souvenir journal are the primary fundraising mechanisms which allows the benevolent organization to make annual donations to both Historic Track and the Harness Racing Museum and Hall of Fame, which will receive their $4,000 donation at tonight’s Hall of Fame induction ceremony.
This year’s banquet will be the chapter’s 60th annual event and is being held at the Fountains at Wallkill Golf Club on Sunday, Dec. 2, 2018, with the main honoree being Frank “the elder” Antonacci of Lindy Farms.
By Chris Tully for the Monticello-Goshen Chapter of USHWA.