VINCENT DELANEY MEMORIAL ITINERARY AUGUST 11- 14
COACH DEPARTS HILTON HOTEL AT 10.30
ARRIVE GARDEN OF REMEMBRANCE PARNELL SQUARE 11AM
CARRIAGE TOUR BEGINS 11.30AM
LUNCH IN MILLSTONE RESTAURANT, DAME STREET 2.30PM
AFTER LUNCH FREE TIME TO CONTINUE SIGHTSEEING IN DUBLIN
COACH COLLECTION AT ASTON QUAY 6.30PM DEPART BACK FOR HILTON HOTEL
COACH DEPARTS HILTON HOTEL 10.30AM
ARRIVE IN OAKWOOD,RHODE CO OFFALY APPROX 12AM
LUNCH IN RHODE 1.30PM
DEPART RHODE 3PM
ARRIVE BACK TO HILTON 4.30PM
DRINKS RECEPTION 6.30PM
SEATED FOR DINNER 7.30PM
CHARITY AUCTION, MUSIC & DANCING TILL LATE
COACH DEPARTS HILTON HOTEL FOR RACE TRACK 12 & 12.30PM
CLAYTON HOTEL FOR RACE TRACK 12.15PM
SPONSORS BBQ IN MARQUEE, FIRST RACE 2PM
EVENING RETURN BY COACH FOR CLAYTON & HILTON HOTEL 10.PM 11.PM & 12AM
SUNDAY PORTMARNOCK RACEWAY FINALS DAY & LADIES DAY AUGUST 14TH
COACH DEPARTS HILTON HOTEL 10.30AM 11.15AM & 11.45AM
PROGRAM OF ALL RACES FOR THE FORTHCOMING LADBROKES VINCENT DELANEY MEMORIAL WEEKEND 13/14 AUGUST
LADBROKES VINCENT DELANEY MEMORIAL 2 YR OLD COLTS / GELDINGS PURSE €16,000
DIAMOND CREEK FARM 2 YR OLD FILLYS DIVISION PURSE €16,000
OAKWOOD STUD 3 YR OLD DERBY PURSE €10,000
PAUL MURTAGH SNR 4 YR OLD MEMORIAL PURSE €6,000
LEE EDWARDS - PJI ENGINEERING JUNIOR F.F.A. (TOP 8 BELOW F.F.A.) PURSE €1,500
ROCKNROLL HEAVEN / PET ROCK IRISH - AMERICAN F.F.A. (TOP 8 HANDICAP) PURSE €5,000
ELVIN - DELANEY FRENCH F.F.A.TROT (DISTANCE 1 MILE) PURSE €4,500
SUBJECT TO ENTRY’S ‘MARES RACE’ (GRADE D/E/F) PURSE €1,000
FRENCH TROTS ALL GRADES
RACES FOR ALL OTHER GRADES (ENTRYS PERMITTING) AND WILL CARRY A PURSE OF €1,000 WITH CRYSTAL & ROSETTES
PLEASE TAKE NOTE ENTRYS WILL CLOSE ON FRIDAY AUGUST 5TH
ONLINE ENTRYS TO: www.portmarnockraceway.ie
Meet and greet with world famous international harness racing celebrity guests !, Choice 4 course meal, Traditional Irish Dancers, Charity Auction Of Harness Racing Memorabilla. Ending the night with live music and dancing until the early hours off the morning. A night not to be missed, A perfect way to start the 5th anniversary of the Vincent Delaney Memorial festivities !
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After Hambletonian Week is over, a large number of owners, breeders, trainers, drivers, caretakers, journalists and race fans from the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Europe will all be boarding planes and heading to of all places, IRELAND!
They will all be coming to Dublin as part of a new age Mecca of harness racing called the Ladbrokes Vincent Delaney Memorial Weekend, Saturday and Sunday, August 13 and 14.
But two very prominent owners and breeders in the industry, Joe Bellino, of Rocknroll Heaven, Pet Rock and Bellino Racing stardom and Adam Bowden of Diamond Creek Farm, Pure Country, Creatine and Divine Caroline fame are coming to Dublin for more than just a great vacation.
They are also sponsoring races that weekend at Portmarnock Raceway and are big time excited to feel the passion for harness racing that the Irish and UK horsemen and women have for the sport.
The reason that both of these men are not just coming over on holiday, but sponsoring races, came about because of their Facebook friendship with Derek Delaney, the chairman of the Vincent Delaney Memorial Weekend (VDM).
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Derek, along with his brother James, run Oakwood Stud, a prominent breeding and training facility in Ireland and where they stand the former top racehorse, Foreclosure N.
Back in 2011, Derek and James lost their younger brother, Vincent, age 27, after a massive heart attack. Young Vincent was helping run the farm, working with the yearlings and showing great promise in the sport. To honor their late brother, they developed a race in his memory that has grown to become the richest and biggest stakes weekend in all of Ireland and the UK.
To Joe Bellino, his Facebook friendship with Derek Delaney has grown to the point where barely a day goes by that they are not in contact with each other via FB messenger.
"I have become great friends with Derek through Facebook." Joe Bellino explained. "We have a lot in common, we both lost our brothers, and I think that has some special meaning to me.
"I am always looking to help (sponsor) groups that help promote harness racing," Joe explained when asked what prompted him to sponsor the Rocknroll Heaven/Pet Rock Irish-American FFA Pace at Portmarnock Raceway that weekend.
"Derek has a lot of the same love that I do for harness racing," Joe said, "We speak almost every day about racing. I have never met the guy face-to-face, but we are like best friends. It will be so great to finally meet him."
"I have never been to Ireland," Joe said. "My mother is from the Dublin area. Maybe I will meet someone who knew her family.
"We are so excited about this trip." Joe explained, "That my wife and I are bringing her mom and most of our team over with us. Maybe eight to ten of us are coming to Ireland.
What does Joe Bellino look forward to most on this trip?
"Meeting Derek and his family and then the two race days," Joe said. "I'm ecstatic about all of this. I don't go much to the races here in America. Even for the big races as we feel it is taboo, but I can't wait to come to Portmarnock Raceway for Derek's big weekend."
"I've never been to Ireland and am really excited about going." Adam Bowden said. "My wife Lindsay and I are looking forward to this trip and we are even leaving the kids are home.
"It was Heather Vitale who first came to me to consider sponsoring a race in Ireland at the Vincent Delaney Memorial Weekend." Adam said. "I wanted to make sure if I was sponsoring a race that I would be to come over and attend. I could not do it last year but made it a priority for this year and it's all come together nicely."
Adam and Diamond Creek Farm are the name sponsors of the inaugural filly final of the VDM.
"The story that Heather told us about the VDM weekend was really intriguing," Adam explained, "Then I started reading about it online and then got a hold of Derek. He and others from Ireland and the UK have purchased horses from us over the years and this is a great way to give back and what Derek and his brother James are doing is inspiring in memory of his brother.
"Derek has developed this race and made it really big." Adam said. "They are promoting our sport and Derek has pretty much accomplished all the goals he has put to his committee. Their ability to get this race weekend so popular it is attracting people from all over the world is pretty neat and I wanted to be part of it."
Is there any Irish blood in the Bowden family?
"Probably." Adam laughed. "I would have to say yes figuring if you go back far enough we would find some Irish blood.
"Everyone I have ever talked to about this race weekend has said what a wonderful place it is." Adam said, "We're really excited to experience whatever comes our way. Hopefully I will love it so much I will want to come back again next year. It's really shaping up that way."
Joining Joe and Adam on this special adventure to Ireland will be Hall of Fame announcer Roger Huston and social media extraordinaire Heather Vitale, each of whom, along with this reporter, are making our third straight trip for the VDM.
Newcomers this year include North America's leading driver in 2015, Aaron Merriman, USA's Heather Wilder from the Meadows, Hanover's Murray Brown, Heather Vitale's mom (Joanne Looney-King) and sister Susan and Canada's darling owner, breeder and journalist, Sydney Weaver and her family.
Returning for his second year at the VDM is Dexter Dunn, the reigning world trotting council driving champion along with an entire tour group from down under. Other prominent breeders, owners and horsemen from down under include Alan Galloway, John McDermot, Bill Hutchison, Clive Dalton, Peter Ferguson, Peter Larkin and Steve Phillips.
"It is just so grand that Joe and Adam and everyone is coming to Ireland for the VDM," Derek Delaney said. "My brother James and I and the VDM committee are so thankful to Joe and Adam for their sponsorships and for their friendship. And for sure we will be showing everyone a great time, great racing and hopefully everyone will go home and tell their friends how they must come over to Ireland next year. That's the impression we love to leave with our guests."
Just by this VIP guest list alone, Portmarnock Raceway, on the outskirts of Dublin, Ireland, is THE place to be the second week of August.
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By Steve Wolf, for the Vincent Delaney Memorial Weekend
Dublin, Ireland - Through the generous support and sponsorship of the Vincent Delaney Memorial Committee in Ireland and SSG Gloves in Canada, Sydney Weaver and her parents, Lisa and Don, will be going to Ireland in early August for the Ladbrokes Vincent Delaney Memorial weekend.
"We have invited Sydney to be our special guest speaker at our gala kickoff dinner Friday, August 12," said Derek Delaney, head of the VDM Committee. "I have been friends with her on Facebook and she is just wonderful. Her writing on harness racing and what she has achieved and done for our industry for a young woman is fantastic and she and her parents will be our honored guests at the races that weekend."
The VDM weekend is the biggest harness racing weekend in all of Ireland and the UK. The VDM is named after Derek and James Delaney's younger brother Vincent, who worked with the horses at their Oakwood Stud training and breeding center. Vincent tragically died of a massive heart attack in 2011 at the age of 27 and the brothers came up with the VDM weekend as a tribute to their lost brother.
The race weekend now features elimination races Saturday, August 13 for the VDM, which is for two-year-old pacers. A record number have entered and with the sponsorship support of Diamond Creek Farm and Adam Bowden, for the first time there will be a separate filly division too.
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The finals take place Sunday, August 14. Other top stakes that weekend include the Oakwood Stud Derby for three-year-olds, the Paul Murtagh, Sr. Memorial for four-year-olds, the RocknRoll Heaven/Pet Rock Irish-American FFA that is sponsored by Joe Bellino and the Bellino Racing Stable, LeTrot races plus other stakes events. Other sponsors from down under include Yirribee Stud and Pro-Dosa Boost feed suppliments.
"The VDM committee agreed to sponsor Sydney and her family for their hotel stay, dinner tickets and racetrack VIP access," Delaney added, "And they will be part of our tours to Oakwood Stud and carriage ride through downtown Dublin and have lunch in Temple Bar. They are going to have a super time in Ireland."
Then steps in Ed James, owner of SSG Gloves. Ed is a big Sydney Weaver fan and when he heard about her being invited to come to Ireland, he set up SSG Gloves to sponsor the airfare for Sydney and her parents to go to Ireland.
"I called up and talked to Sydney and told her the news." Ed James said. "And she was so excited. I also have sent her a few pairs of gloves to use when she goes jogging and to bring with her to Ireland. I know she will have a fantastic time."
And what did Sydney have to say about all of this?
"Unbelievable news, so fantastic and I can't believe this is all happening." Sydney said. "This is a dream trip come true. What great stories I am going to write about the people I meet, the places I see, the big dinner and the bigger race weekend. I have a lot of Facebook friends from Ireland and the UK and I hope to get to meet them in person now.
"When I phoned and thanked Mr. James for the sponsorship," Sydney added, "I said I would proudly display an SSG Gloves patch on my racing colors that I will bring over, and Derek Delaney is getting me a Vincent Delaney Memorial patch too that will go on my colors once I get there.
"I also got a very nice check from Hall of Famer and dear friend Bill Galvin, Sydney said. I still have to pinch myself that this is all for real."
Sydney Weaver and her mom and dad are not the only ones who will be traveling to Ireland for the VDM weekend. Joining the Weavers will be Heather Vitale and her mom (JoAnn Looney-King) and sister (Susan Looney), the 2015 Dan Patch Driver of the Year, Aaron Merriman, New Zealand's top driver Dexter Dunn is returning along with Hall of Fame announcer, Roger Huston, who will be calling the races at Portmarnock Raceway for his third straight year.
Michael Gallenti and Bill Hutchison of Harness Racing Travel is bringing a group of 40 from New Zealand and Australia, making the total nearly 70 that are coming to Ireland from down under. Their website is www.harnessracingtravel.com.au.
Dublin, Ireland will be the place to be August 12 to 14 for the VDM and more announcements of top Standardbred visitors from the USA will be made soon.
By Steve Wolf, for the Vincent Delaney Memorial Committee
World champion harness racing driver Dexter Dunn has confirmed that he will be coming to drive in Wales, UK for the Breeders Crown UK & Ireland on August 2 at Tir Prince and to return to the Vincent Delaney Memorial Weekend at Portmarnock Raceway in Dublin, Ireland August 13 and 14.
Dunn, the reigning World Champion driver from New Zealand, took Ireland by storm last year and now is setting his sights on the Breeders Crown UK & Ireland at Tir Prince.
"When Derek Delaney contacted me about coming back this summer to Ireland and if I was interested in also including the Breeders Crown in Wales, Dunn said, "It fit in good with my racing calendar and there wasn't much hesitation in saying yes!"
David Wilson, chairman of the Breeders Crown UK & Ireland that will take place at Tir Prince in Wales, August 2, was ecstatic when he heard the Dexter Dunn was coming.
"This is the tenth anniversary of the BC and what fantastic news to have," Wilson beamed, "Dexter Dunn showed everyone at Portmarnock last year of his great ability to drive a horse and I am sure his services on Breeders Crown Day will be much in demand from trainers and owners alike.
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"Having Dexter coming is fabulous," Wilson added, "We have the inaugural All American Bred Filly Pace for two-year-olds this year, a bumper crop of horses eligible for the Breeders Crown and purses that could exceed £35,000, harness racing tour groups coming from around the world and now the news that Dexter Dunn will be driving on the program is just great."
"I had such a blast in Ireland last year," Dunn said, "It was such a great experience and now I am going to enhance it by driving at Tir Prince on their Breeders Crown program. It will be awesome to get back over and catch up with all the nice people over there that treated me so well last year, and of course, to have a few beverages as well!"
"We are both delighted and honoured to have a world class driver such as Dexter come to Tir Prince to drive," said Eric Witherspoon, Racing Director at Tir Prince. "I had the pleasure of being at Portmarnock last year and like everyone else who was present I was in awe of his reinsmanship. We cannot wait to see him on the track.
"On 2nd August Breeders Crown night, it is one of the most eagerly anticipated nights of the year," Witherspoon explained, "when the very best juveniles from Britain and Ireland compete for top prize money, the racing will be top class and Dexter's attendance will be the cherry on the cake. We also have the Ephie Mather Memorial Trot which is a Free For All Trot For International Trotters."
Witherspoon noted that Dexter Dunn will also be in attendance on Tuesday 9th August at Tir Prince when the track hosts the 2 mile Free For All Pace that is being sponsored by John Howard.
Track management hopes that the track record for 2 miles will be shattered on this night and with Dunn's experience in long distance races makes him someone to not bet against him driving the record breaker.
Dunn then returns to Dublin, Ireland for the Vincent Delaney Memorial Weekend the 13th and 14th of August and race committee head, Derek Delaney, see's Dunn's return as a major boost to the weekend.
"I have kept in contact with Dexter during the off-season," Delaney said. "And he was keen to come back for the VDM and to drive at Tir Prince. So much so that he bought in as part of a syndicate on the two-year-old filly, Oakwood's Dragoness.
"Dexter, along with Cran Delgaty, Clive and Anne Dalton, Mick Harvey, Oakwood Stud, Lee Edwards, Dean Russell, Simon Elvin and Paul Johnson," Delaney said, "are all in and this filly is eligible to the new American bred pace at Tir Prince. Wouldn't that be great if Dexter could win that race with her?"
It would seem that Dexter Dunn has his work cut out for him while on holiday this summer in the UK and Ireland.
"It's not work at all driving horses," Dunn said, "I hope I have a drive in every race. I love it."
Will there be some traveling for Dunn this August?
"Yeah, I'm looking to do a bit of tripping around while I am over," Dunn said. "I haven't planned what or where yet through. I had such a super time last year."
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Dublin, Ireland - The Ladbrokes Vincent Delaney Memorial Committee is proud to announce today that North America's leading dash winning driver in 2015, Aaron Merriman, is committed to coming to Ireland for the Delaney Memorial Weekend, August 13 and 14, 2016.
"I was shocked when I got the invite," Merriman said. "I have read about the race, knew that George Brennan went last year and had a great time and now I am getting to come over this year, what a great honor this is."
The 37-year-old Ohio native is coming off a career-best harness racing season in 2015, capturing his first North American driving title and earning a personal-high $7.40 million in purses. His 873 victories last year were the most for a dash-winning champion since Tony Morgan's 959 triumphs in 2008.
Merriman is one of only three drivers --- joining Morgan and Tim Tetrick --- to win at least 800 races in back to back years. In 2014, Merriman won 841 times, but finished six victories behind Ronnie Wrenn Jr. for the No. 1 spot. Over the past 10 years, Merriman has won an average of 618 races per season.
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"Our committee board was ecstatic that Aaron agreed without even flinching to come over for the VDM this year." Said Derek Delaney, who along with his brother James, developed the Vincent Delaney Memorial in honor of their younger brother who tragically passed away in 2011.
"Aaron is a world-class driver," Delaney added, "And we are sure to show him a great time here both on and off the track. He will be sure to have some good drives at Portmarnock Raceway both on Saturday and Sunday."
The Ladbrokes Vincent Delaney Memorial is for two-year-old pacers with elimination divisions on Saturday and the finals on Sunday. For the first time this season there will be a separate filly division, sponsored by Diamond Creek Farm in the USA.
Also on the program that weekend is the Oakwood Stud Derby, the Paul Murtagh, Sr. Memorial, The RocknRoll Heaven/Pet Rock Irish-American FFA sponsored by Joe Bellino and the Bellino Stable plus other big stakes events.
When it comes to his heritage, Aaron says he will fit in just fine.
"My father's family is British and my mother is Swedish and Irish," Aaron said. "I think I will fit in perfectly.
"I'm VERY eager to experience another continent with harness racing," Aaron said. "I've never left North America before. I've checked out some of the history of this race and have read about the great enthusiasm and real love for our sport that they have and it is so heartwarming.
"Harness racing is definitely a sport where people are joined together all around the world," Aaron said. "To be offered this opportunity to represent America and show my patronage to Ireland and the UK horsemen and fans is once in a lifetime and I was not going to pass it by. I'll thoroughly embrace my days there."
Merriman is already on a roll in 2016. He has a commanding lead in the driving standings in North America with 214 wins, 54 ahead of his nearest rival, Jason Bartlett. And Merriman has $1.5 million in purses won already with a Universal Driving Rating at an impressive .356, second only to Bartlett.
"Missing a week of racing back home is nothing compared to the adventure that awaits me in Ireland," Aaron said. "I can't wait for the second week of August to come. And I will not be homesick because Roger Huston will be there calling the races!"
For more information visit www.vincentdelaneymemorial.com.By Steve Wolf.
Dublin, Ireland - They may only be a little crazy by name, but the Looney Family from Delaware, USA, Jo Ann Looney-King, Susan Looney and Heather Looney Vitale, are all set to invade Ireland come this August for the Ladbrokes Vincent Delaney Memorial weekend at Portmarnock Raceway.
The baby of the Looney family, Heather, has spearheaded this adventure and in her third straight year of going to Ireland for the Vincent Delaney (August 13th and 14th), is bringing her mom and her sister to share the adventure.
"When I tell people how incredible the Delaney Memorial weekend is," explained Heather Vitale, "I just have a hard time explaining it. I tell everyone about how much fun the atmosphere is and how friendly and enthusiastic the Irish are, but words don't give it justice.
"You have to be there to really be able to understand how truly special it is!" Vitale said, "I talked about the weekend so much and how much fun it was and my mom and sister knew they had to experience it for themselves."
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Over the past four years, brothers Derek and James Delaney have developed the Vincent Delaney Memorial Weekend (named after their younger brother who tragically died of a massive heart attack in 2011), the biggest racing weekend in all of Ireland and the UK.
The Delaney Memorial is for two-year-old pacers and is the richest stakes race in Ireland and the UK. This year, for the first time, there is a filly division sponsored by Adam Bowden and Diamond Creek Farm. Eliminations take place Saturday and the final is on Sunday.
In addition to the Delaney Memorial, there are other major stakes events including the Oakwood Stud Derby for three-year-olds, the Paul Murtagh, Sr. Memorial Championship for four-year-olds, the Rocknroll Heaven/Pet Rock Irish-American FFA Pace, sponsored by the Bellino Stable and LeTrot Series events.
"I'm so happy we are taking this girls road trip," Vitale said. "The last time the three of us went on a trip together, it was 15 years ago! We are long overdue for some quality time like this and this race weekend is perfect. The Delaney brothers are so welcoming and the horsemen and women are so passionate and the fans are so much fun."
"We love having Heather here the past two years," Derek Delaney said with a grin and a smile. "But I don't know if Ireland is ready for the whole family. It will be our pleasure to have Heather's mom and sister with us too. They are great horse people and we will show them a super time."
Jo Ann Looney-King is no stranger to harness racing. She was the first woman driver ever to win a race at the Meadowlands and this past year was the 2015 Billy Haughton Good Guy Award winner at the USHWA Dan Patch Dinner. This past year she trained the top three-year-old pacer, Wakizashi Hanover and currently has the undefeated trotter Maestro Blue Chip in perfect form.
"After hearing Heather talk about her trips to Ireland," Looney-King said, "I knew I had to get over there and see it for myself. I've never been to Ireland before so this is going to be fantastic. I'm really looking forward to the racing over there and meeting the horsemen and women who love this sport. The entire adventure should be wonderful from the trip to Oakwood Farm to walking around Dublin.
"I'll be 70 this month (May 14)," Looney-King admits, "and I can't think of a better way to celebrate a milestone year than enjoying Ireland with my daughters."
And older daughter Susan Looney, is no stranger to harness racing. She was the youngster driver ever to win a race at the Meadowlands at age 16 in 1983 and then went on to become the first woman driver ever to win at Garden State Park. She now has her Doctorate in law and education and is presently the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost at the Reading Area Community College.
"I am so excited about joining my sister and my mother in Ireland." Susan Looney said. "After watching the videos my sister took while she was there the past two years, I couldn't resist joining her this summer. I am so looking forward to seeing the beautiful country and the inspiring harness racing in Ireland."
It will not be all play and little work for Heather Looney Vitale while in Ireland. She will be doing live Facebook broadcasts from Portmarnock Raceway during the week along with added features from her trip for her show, Post Time, in the USA.
Vitale, in addition to producing her Post Time show in the USA, also has co-hosted the CBS Sports Net Little Brown Jug broadcast in 2014 and 2015.
For more information about the Labrokes Vincent Delaney Memorial Weekend visit www.vincentdelaneymemorial.com.
By Steve Wolf for the Vincent Delaney Memorial Committee
James and Derek Delaney, the owners of Oakwood Stud and the founders of the Ladbrokes Vincent Delaney Memorial Series, the richest harness horse race in all of Ireland and the UK, announced today that this year's charity for the race weekend, August 12th, 13th and 14th, will be Inner City Helping Homeless (ICHH) of Dublin, Ireland.
The ICHH was formed in November 2013 to combat the ever growing homeless crisis that was clearly evident across the city of Dublin.
The organization, which is comprised 100% of all volunteers, operates a seven-day outreach service across the city, coinciding with their mobile outreach unit. ICHH’s outreach support service operates nightly providing access to beds, sleeping bags, food or case management referrals. ICHH works a 16-hour mobile outreach service, responding to rough sleeper reports within 15 minutes of getting a call. The service also operates seven days a week.
The website is at http://www.innercityhelpinghomeless.ie/.,
"The homeless situation is a major crisis in Ireland right now," said Derek Delaney, head of the Ladbrokes Vincent Delaney Memorial Committee, "and we thought it be grand to give something to the less fortunate. We take things for granted and when you see the problem on the streets it breaks your heart. It could be any one of us and it's not only down and out drunks that's homeless, it's a real problem as today's housing problems seems to be a real factor in family's ending up on the street."We believe there are as many as 10,000 family's waiting to be housed in temporary accommodation, hotels, hostels etc," Delaney added, "My wife Lillian's friend Bernie Kelly is a volunteer for ICHH and she always helps out with shoeboxes full of sanitary and toiletries items, food, clothing and such. So it was an easy charity to our committee to choose this year.
Much needed supplies for the ICHH are already being collected by the Vincent Delaney Memorial Committee. They are encouraging all local race fans and visitors for the race weekend to please consider bringing canned or boxed non-perishable foods, bathroom toiletries and clothing. Members of the ICHH will be at the track both Saturday and Sunday to collect the supplies.
Anyone not attending the gala dinner or the races in August can also donate to the ICHH at http://www.innercityhelpinghomeless.ie/.
"During the Ladbrokes Vincent Delaney Memorial Weekend," Delaney said, "We will have fundraising days at the track just for the Inner City Helping Homeless and have some fantastic other events to raise awareness and funds for the charity. Our gala kickoff dinner on Friday, August 12 will feature many great items in our live auction and proceeds will go to the ICHH charity."
Tickets for the gala kickoff dinner Friday, August 12 are still available, along with tickets to the VIP Tent on Sunday, August 14. For more information and to purchase tickets to either event, visit www.vincentdelaneymemorial.com.
By Steve Wolf, for the Vincent Delaney Memorial