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The Travers Celebration Returns

The Travers Celebration will return for its tenth year to honor 2009 Travers champion Summer Bird on Thursday, August 26, just two-days before the running of the 141st edition of the Grade 1, $1 million Travers Stakes.


With approximately $100,000 raised each year during the event, the Travers Celebration expects to celebrate its 10th anniversary by reaching the milestone donation total of $1 million for the Backstretch Employee Service Team (B.E.S.T.), the Double H Ranch and other prominent local charities.


The Travers Celebration will feature an elaborate cocktail reception, dinner, dancing to live music from Times Square Orchestra, and a silent auction. The event gets underway at 7:30 p.m. with trackside cocktails, followed by dinner at 8:30 p.m. “At the Rail”.


In addition to serving as an official corporate partner of The New York Racing Association during the 2010 meet at Saratoga Race Course, Northeastern Fine Jewelry will be the official jeweler of this year’s Travers Celebration. Northeastern Fine Jewelry will feature a collection of signature pieces from top Hollywood bridal and fashion jewelry designer Simon G.


Simon G Jewelry has become the jewelry of choice on the red carpet for many celebrities including the Kardashian Family of the hit reality television series Keeping Up with the Kardashians and television and film star Jennifer Love Hewitt. The line received particular attention for the five-carat yellow diamond engagement ring that actor Jerry McConnell presented to actress Rebecca Romijn in 2005.


Northeastern Fine Jewelry will donate 10 percent of all jewelry sales on track to the Travers Celebration and its beneficiaries: B.E.S.T. and the Double H Ranch for critically and chronically ill children.


Travers Celebration guests will have an opportunity to bid on an extensive selection of premier silent auction items, including:


·        A prized piece from Simon G Jewelry’s latest line, the Simon Set, which features an invisible style setting for diamonds, courtesy of Northeastern Fine Jewelry.

·        A private dinner and wine pairing for 10 at Prime at Saratoga National, courtesy of renowned restaurateur Angelo Mazzone and the Mazzone Management Group.

·        A $500 gift card from Dunkin’ Donuts which is redeemable at any participating Dunkin’ Donuts location.

·        Original artwork by local artist Tom Myott, often seen creating his famed Saratoga-inspired paintings outdoors during the summer months.

·        An original signed recording of Butch Cassidy & The Sundance Kid by actors Paul Newman, Robert Redford and singer-composer Burt Bacharach; plus an original signed recording of The Sting by Newman and Redford.

·        Two nights in a suite at the Excalibur Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.


In addition to honoring Summer Bird, the Travers Celebration will celebrate its connections: owners Drs. Kalarikkal K. & Vilasini D. Jayaraman; trainer Tim Ice; and jockey Kent Desormeaux.


The Travers Celebration is co-chaired by Betsy Senior and Ed Lewi. Senior is co-owner of Senior & Shopmaker Gallery in Manhattan and wife of NYRA President and CEO Charlie Hayward; Lewi is the former president and founder of Ed Lewi Associates, a public relations firm headquartered in Clifton Park, NY.


The Travers Celebration is sponsored by NYRA and USFoodService. 


Tickets are $300 per person or $3,000 for a table of 10.


For ticket and table information, please contact Amanda Lecce at 518-584-6200, ext. 4233.


The 141st edition of the Grade 1, $1 million Travers Stakes will be run on Saturday, August 28.



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