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Fall 2023

All of us at the Fair Hill Foundation are grateful for the generous support of the community that has enabled us to raise more than $5.4 million since our founding in 2016. Together, we have raised $3.7 million to plan, design and construct new infield arenas, a new cross-country course and a reconfigured one-mile turf course. We have also raised nearly $1 million to help launch the international event that started this journey – what is now known as the MARS Maryland 5 Star presented by Brown Advisory.

We are well-managed; we have also brought in more than $770,000 to raise and administer these funds and market this exciting project to an audience of nearly 1,000 people and beyond. Our expenses are 14 cents on the dollar – including administrative costs – against the national standard of 20 cents on the dollar for fundraising expenses only.

As we move forward, we are pleased that the Sport & Entertainment Corporation of Maryland (SECM), the owner and operator of the MARS Maryland 5 Star at Fair Hill, is now a 501©3 and will be assuming fundraising responsibilities for the event. And we are happy that the State of Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR), the owner of the property, is committed to expanding the scope of the Fair Hill Special Event Zone to include not only racing but also show jumping, dressage, hunter jumper, roping and reining, and other equestrian competitions.

But our work is far from over. We are meeting regularly with the Department of Natural Resources and SECM to ensure racing returns soon to this historic venue, founded in the 1930s by William du Pont, Jr. We are optimistic – Terry Hasseltine, CEO of the Sport & Entertainment Corporation of Maryland, recently said publicly he believes racing will be back on Memorial Day weekend 2024.

We look forward to supporting DNR and SECM in any way we can, and we also see ways we can help reestablish the races by raising funds for a crossing over/under the turf course to expedite construction of 5 Star infrastructure facilities such as grandstands and chalets while protecting the turf course for training and racing. We also see a need to improve or replace the dilapidated 1930s detention barn located near the saddling paddock.

As you consider your year-end giving options, we hope you will support the Fair Hill Foundation in its work. We are committed to fulfilling the dream of those who started this foundation – to build an international equestrian mecca in this beautiful northeast corner of Maryland.

Given the fact that we broke ground on this project in spring 2019, we wish we could offer more positive results than we have. Please know, however, that we are doing the very best we can and we hope you will support our efforts. We look forward to hearing from you and to celebrating the 86th running of the Fair Hill Races and the introduction of other new equestrian competitions with you.

Charles C. Fenwick, Jr.,

Timothy Gardner, M.D.,
Vice President
Send a check payable to the Fair Hill Foundation to:

Fair Hill Foundation
P.O. Box 1324
Elkton, MD 21922

Complete and sign our pledge form and mail or email it to us.

A 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, the Fair Hill Foundation is pleased to accept gifts for operating and construction purposes, and welcomes gifts to endowments. Gifts for annual operations will provide the Fair Hill Foundation with much-needed flexibility to address challenges as they arise throughout the construction process.

In addition to your gift for operating and construction purposes, we encourage you to consider including the Fair Hill Foundation in your estate plan. By doing so, you may be able to make a much larger gift than you might think possible while also enjoying a substantial tax deduction.

Donors of $250,000 or more, either individuals or in groups, will be welcomed into the Foxcatcher Society, a Founder's Fund named in honor of William du Pont's famous Foxcatcher Hounds. Foxcatcher Society donors' names will be prominently displayed on the grounds. 

What to Give

Gifts of Cash, Checks, Wire and Appreciated Securities
Send a check payable to the Fair Hill Foundation to:

Fair Hill Foundation
P.O. Box 1324
Elkton, MD 21922

Complete and sign our pledge form and mail or email it to us.

Gifts of Appreciated Securities

Charitable intent combined with cost-efficient planning techniques produce smart gift planning. Of critical importance is the kind of asset used to fund the gift. Usually, long-term appreciated securities can generate the most favorable tax benefits. Click here for stock transfer instructions.

Make a Bequest or Planned Gift

Your gift will cost nothing now. A simple codicil may be added to your will. A number of planned gift instruments may also provide you with income for life while protecting your assets.

For more information, contact Executive Director Polly Binns at
It is the policy of the Fair Hill Foundation that a modest portion of gifts and/or the income from gifts may be used to defray the costs of raising and administering funds. As of December 16, the Fair Hill Foundation will allocate three percent of every new gift, not to exceed $20,000, to defray the cost of fundraising and administration.