Urner Barry's Night at the Races
Urner Barry’s Night at the Races' roots trace back to the 14th Street meat packing district in New York City when the West Washington Market Men’s Club was first founded. Initiated by four men one October morning over breakfast, the Men’s Club grew, meeting monthly where members networked and shared their knowledge of the goings-on
in the industry. The club planned social events such as an annual golf outing; a dinner
and dance night; and ultimately The Night at the Races.
The first Night at the Races was held in 1982 and hosted approximately 50 guests at the Pegasus restaurant at the Meadowlands Racetrack in East Rutherford, NJ. The event was founded by William Harris of M. Kraus, Wilbur Caine of Bieneke and Arthur Hadley to overwhelming success. Night at the Races would continue until its existence was challenged in 2002
at which time the West Washington Market Men’s Club disbanded. Fortunately, by this time Urner Barry’s Senior Vice President, Michael W. O’Shaughnessy had a distinguished relationship with the Men’s Club as a former president of the organization. After discussion among O’Shaughnessy, two other former presidents and 25-year Men’s Club Board members, Eddie Chester and Manny Lyons,
it was decided that Urner Barry would continue the tradition and host the affair.
Now past its 30-year anniversary, Urner Barry’s Night at the Races looks forward to continuing a unique industry tradition hosting an event not only attended by meat industry professionals, but by participants from other protein and food sectors.
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