Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots will host the Shantel Lanerie Breast Cancer Foundation Fundraiser on Saturday, February 9.
The event will be held from 12 p.m. – 6p.m. CT in the Fair Grounds tent near the apron and will have food, alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks for purchase as well as an auction. Live music will be provided by Rick Mocklin and the Southern Voice Band and there also will be a meet and greet with the jockeys from 5 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Items available for auction include but are not limited to:
• White cleats signed by Carolina Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly
• A Carolina Panthers football helmet signed by former quarterback Jake Delhomme
• A two-night stay at Hotel Monteleone
• A foursome for golf at Lakewood Country Club
• A grandstand box for next racing season
• Two autographed racing saddles
The event is named in honor of jockey Corey Lanerie's late wife, who passed away from breast cancer in June of last year.
“My wife and I started the foundation in honor of Shantel,” said Shantel Lanerie Foundation founder Rick Mocklin. “She was a remarkable person that was a favorite of everyone. Her and my wife were best friends. We want to raise money to support women that have any stage of breast cancer. So far, we've helped seven women with breast cancer, including one lady who was a single mother that had Stage Four breast cancer. We helped and made sure that they had a great Christmas. This event is to raise awareness for breast cancer and stay true to our mission statement.”
The featured race of the day is named in honor of Shantel Lanerie, where jockey Corey Lanerie will guide the morning-line favorite Elsa.
“It would be very special to win,” Lanerie said. “It would be a special moment to remember her and would just bring back a lot of memories of her being here and being in the winner's circle. I'm going to have a lot of family here so win or lose I'll be thinking about her all day.”
The mission statement of the foundation is “Education, Preparation & Dedication to Helping Women.”
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