Chantal Sutherland, the first female jockey to win the Santa Anita Park “Big Cap” (riding Game on Dude) visited approximately 60 children with autism, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy and other developmental disabilities at the AbilityFirst Lawrence L. Frank Center in Pasadena on Tuesday, April 5 (4 to 5 p.m.). Her appearance, coinciding with Autism Awareness Month, is in support of the Santa Anita Derby Day 5K taking place on Saturday morning April 9 at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia. AbilityFirst, serving children and adults with developmental disabilities through 24 locations in Southern California, is the beneficiary of the Run/Walk. The Derby Day 5K is part of the AbilityFirst Marathon Campaign, presented by Comerica Bank, and is the agency’s largest annual fundraising activity that raises money to enhance its programs and services. Nearly 800 AbilityFirst families and friends will participate in the 5K.
During her visit, Sutherland was the official starter for two horse races (children on hobby horses) and presented winners with flower wreaths; she watched the AbilityFirst cheerleaders perform; and signed autographs and posed for photos with children and parents. In addition, a $35,000 check was presented to AbilityFirst by Comerica Bank officials in support of the AbiiltyFirst Marathon Campaign. The Marathon Campaign goal for all of AbilityFirst is $400,000. Members of the AbilityFirst team have been gathering sponsor donations through this event and the Los Angeles Marathon. For the fifth consecutive year, the Forest Lawn Foundation is providing a generous matching grant.
The AbilityFirst Lawrence L. Frank Center is located at 201 South Kinneloa Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91107. Telephone number is (626) 449-5661.
AbilityFirst Marathon Campaign information can be found, and sponsorship donations can be made, at www.abilityfirst.kintera.org/marathoncampaign/chantalsutherland. Derby Day 5K Race schedule information (including additional activities and events for the day) can be found at www.kinaneevents.com.