Best way to kick off your Travers Week!

We can't think of a better way to kick of Travers Week then going to Saratoga WarHorse Foundation's "Winner Circle Affaire" tonight! Quite a large crowd is expected at 6pm this evening at the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame to sip cocktails, socialize and most importantly, show their support for this impactful organization. 

The inaugural Winner’s Circle Affaire will honor Paul F. Oreffice with the Lifetime Achievement Award for Philanthropy & Dedication to Thoroughbred Racing. Oreffice, retired chairman and CEO of the DOW Chemical Company, moved to the United States from Venice, Italy, at age 17, speaking less than 50 words of English. Just a few short years later, he graduated from Purdue University with a BS in Chemical Engineering. In addition to his 40-year career with Dow, Oreffice sat on the boards of Coca Cola, Morgan Stanley, CIGNA, Nortel and NYRA. He is also the retired chairman of the National Parkinson Foundation and is currently on the board of MD Anderson Cancer Center. Quite notably, he received Spain’s highest civilian award, and is the only person to receive all 3 medals awarded by the world’s chemical organizations.

An avid horseman in his youth, Oreffice and his wife, JoAnn, have been Thoroughbred owners for the last 25 years. On any given day during the Saratoga meet, you can find him at the race course, whether on the backstretch, in the Paddock or at the rail.  

Joining the Oreffices on Monday will be Affaire Honorary Chairs Todd and Tracy Pletcher. Among the other anticipated guests are Dogwood Stable’s Anne and Cot Campbell, Jack Knowlton of Sackatoga Stables, NYRA President & CEO Chris Kay, Congressman Paul Tonko and Saratoga Springs Mayor Joanne Yepsen. And for those of you that miss Tom Durkin’s voice as much as we do, take note… he will be serving as Master of Ceremonies.

The evening includes cocktails, a seated dinner, musical entertainment and a live auction featuring, among other fabulous items, this one-of-a-kind jockey painted by Saratoga’s own Frankie Flores. Tickets start at $175/person for active military and veterans ($250 for non-military guests) and can be purchased online at

Saratoga WarHorse is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization assisting veterans who are suffering from invisible, psychological wounds by providing a confidential, peer-to-peer, action based, equine-assisted experience that initiates immediate and empowering changes.

Posted on August 24, 2015 .