The Southern California Equine Foundation (SCEF) is pleased to announce a leadership pledge of $50,000 from Oak Tree Charitable Foundation toward the acquisition of an equine Standing Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) facility to be added to the Equine Imaging Center at Santa Anita before year-end.
“This major gift is an exceptionally important step forward toward our goal of meeting the November 15 deadline for purchasing the MRI,” said Karen Klawitter of SCEF. “We are so appreciative of Oak Tree's most recent support, and all its many contributions over the years.” The equine hospital built at Santa Anita in 1981 would not have been possible without Oak Tree's support over several years of $465,000, as well as funding the then-revolutionary horse ambulances now in use throughout California.
John Barr, president of Oak Tree, added, “Equine health and welfare have long been priorities of Oak Tree, and we're so pleased we can continue our longstanding efforts to assist California racing. Nothing is more important to racing than modernizing our diagnostic tools to the state-of-the-art, and the Standing MRI will be immediately useful.”
Fund-raising is ongoing for SCEF, and will continue once the Imaging Center is complete, said Klawitter. “We're so pleased that many individual trainers, owners, track executives, and fans have contributed to this campaign.”
To donate, contact Southern California Equine Foundation at scef-inc.com. All donations are tax-deductible to the full extent permitted by law.
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