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Indy 500 Races to Save Horses


WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Humane Society of the United States announced today the start of an online auction featuring VIP packages donated by Mari George, the Chairman of the Board of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, to help raise money for horse sanctuaries in the upper Midwest and Western states. The three packages are for the 91st running of the Indianapolis 500 on May 27, 2007, the United States Grand Prix on June 19, 2007 and the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard on July 29, 2007.


The packages include seats in a luxury suite (which are not available for sale to the public other than this opportunity) and hotel accommodations. Pit and garage passes for the Indianapolis 500 and Allstate 400 at the Brickyard are also included.


Proceeds will help feed starving horses at sanctuaries that have been impacted by the severe drought and other factors such as wildfires, which have caused a shortage of hay and alfalfa. The sanctuaries are in need of approximately $30,000 in order to feed the horses through the winter.


“The Humane Society of the United States is committed to helping these sanctuaries find funding sources and transportation to get hay for their horses,” said Holly Hazard, chief innovations officer for The HSUS. “With the increase in animal cruelty cases and horses being confiscated from private owners who are not feeding them, more and more of these animals are ending up in sanctuaries. We are fortunate to have a caring person like Mari George step up to help in this difficult time.”


For more information and to bid on the items, please visit The auction ends on December 22.


Donations for the starving horses will also be accepted at:

HSUS Hay For Horses Fund

c/o Carolyn Cook

The Humane Society of the United States

2100 L St. NW

Washington, D.C. 20037

Questions on donations can be emailed to

CONTACT: Tracey McIntire, 301-548-7793,

The Humane Society of the
United States is the nation’s largest animal protection organization with nearly 10 million members and constituents. The HSUS is a mainstream voice for animals, with active programs in companion animals, disaster preparedness and response, wildlife and habitat protection, marine mammals, animals in research, equine protection, and farm animal welfare. The HSUS protects all animals through education, investigation, litigation, legislation, advocacy and field work. The nonprofit organization is based in Washington and has field representatives and offices across the country. On the web at


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