The Christopher E. Steiner Memorial Fund began in 2006, not long after Chris Steiner died from lung cancer. (For more information about Chris Steiner, please read his bio at History of Steiner Memorial Race).
For most of his life, Chris enjoyed thoroughbred horse racing. One of his final wishes was to have some of his ashes scattered at Monmouth Park, which was one of his favorite horse racing venues. So one morning in 2006, we (his family) gathered on the track near the finish line and scattered his ashes. Afterwards, we gathered for a catered event and had our picture taken in the winner’s circle with the winning jockey and horse owner.
It was truly a spectacular event, and we all agreed we would like to see it continue. The idea for the Christopher E. Steiner fund raiser was born! It didn’t take much to go from a simple memorial event to a fundraiser.
The second annual race was the first fundraising event, and it was an absolute success. The third annual race was bigger and better. Fast forward 11 years, and here we are. To date, we have raised $56,800!
We have made some changes to our annual event since 2006. For instance, we changed the name from the Christopher E. Steiner Memorial Fund to the Steiner Memorial Race. We made this change in 2013 when our mother, Lee, passed away from cancer. This is our way of remembering both of our parents.
We also changed how we share our proceeds. From 2007 through 2012, we donated all proceeds to the American Cancer Society. But in 2013, we decided to split the proceeds between the American Cancer Society and a chosen Warrior. A warrior is a person who is currently battling cancer and needs assistance.
Adding a Warrior was a huge success, so we did it again in 2014 and 2015. We love the idea of the proceeds directly helping individuals when they need it most, so beginning in 2016, we chose Stomp the Monster as our recipient and ALL proceeds went directly to them.
So why do we do this? We do this to honor the memory of our parents. We do this to raise money for people who are suffering and need support. We do this because we share a common purpose.
We are thankful you are here doing this with us too.