For the last few years, the ladies of All Saints Anglican Church have gathered to fill gift bags for the women who work with the horses at Oaklawn. Filly Feed is sponsored by Oaklawn Race Track chaplain Rich Heffington and his wife, Robi. Our Deacon, Sami Jo Magoffin, is our liaison between the Filly Feed Program and the ladies of All Saints. There are more than 1,000 people who live in the barracks and dormitories located on the race grounds from November until the end of April. The women in this group often ride in trucks that carry the horses from race track to race track. In these close quarters, they may not carry many personal items.
The Filly Feed is a special treat for the Oaklawn ladies who work long hours behind the scene at race tracks. The All Saints ladies, along with other churches in the area, fill empty bags with jewelry, personal care items, scarves, gloves, socks, and notes of encouragement. The actual Filly Feed is a sit-down catered dinner that Robi Heffington created. When the ladies are seated, they explore the goodies in their gift bags and according to Robi are excited to try on, trade, and simply enjoy a pleasant event in their otherwise difficult jobs at Oaklawn Racetrack.