We’ve been asked, how can Quarter Pole Apparel make a difference with giving back to the horse racing industry and Thoroughbred aftercare? We like to answer that question by looking at the clothing brand, Patagonia. Since 1985, Patagonia has pledged 1% of sales to the preservation and restoration of the natural environment and have awarded over $140 million in cash and in-kind donations to a cause that is important to its founding owners (see https://www.patagonia.com/one-percent-for-the-planet.html).
Patagonia is a much larger company than Quarter Pole Apparel and, quite honestly, these numbers seem unreachable for us. However, we're just going to take this one step at a time and build towards becoming a recognizable boutique apparel brand that horse racing enthusiasts will enjoy and support. If we’re able to give back $2,500 this year, and $25,000 after a couple more years, we will be ecstatic by your support of our vision. In the long run, we have ideas of ways to reach a larger audience that is currently outside the circle of horse racing. But this endeavor will be a huge task and it will not be easy to pull off. It will take time, but our goal is to make horse racing fashionable again.
Following are organizations that we have made small donations to with our charitable dollars. Help us make this list longer and the amounts larger by buying clothing and apparel from us. Clicking on the names below will take you directly to the organization's site. You may also want to consider making a donation directly to them. Thank you!