Saratoga Queen Marylou Whitney remembered at opening of new 'Women in Racing' exhibit
July 20, 2019 08:58 AM
Saratoga socialite Marylou Whitney has died. She was 93 years old.
She'd been sick for some time but her husband, John Hendrickson said recently she was still hoping to get to her beloved Saratoga this summer.
Marylou Whitney's philanthropy is the stuff of legend. Donating millions of dollars to health care and children's causes. She more than anyone was responsible for Saratoga Performing Arts Center. Marylou Whitney and her husband, Cornelius Vanderbilt Whitney, first came to Saratoga in the 1950s. She was a founder of the National Museum of Dance and Hall of Fame. She was also supportive of Saratoga Hospital, where the cardiac catheterization lab is named in her honor.
She and her husband, John Hendrickson initiated the Backstretch Appreciation program to benefit backstretch workers who work at Saratoga Race Course. Each night, they hold activities like dinners and bingo and karaoke for 2,000 employees. In 2015, Marylou and her husband, John Hendrickson, donated the cost to build Centennial Park in Saratoga Springs as a gift to the city for its 100th anniversary.
Our hearts are broken, we are deeply saddened by the passing of Marylou Whitney at the age of 93. The Queen of Saratoga was one of racing's most dedicated supporters and a tremendous ambassador for the industry. We send our condolences to her family and friends... pic.twitter.com/leQbZJ7z5F— NYRA (@TheNYRA) July 19, 2019
Updated: July 20, 2019 08:58 AM
Created: July 19, 2019 03:47 PM
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