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Happy New Year from the FHBPA

Santa has a big helper in Chaplain Tom

The annual Backstretch Christmas Party was held at Gulfstream Park on Tuesday December 18. The FHBPA, in concert with Gulfstream Park and His Place Ministries, hosted a gathering of approximately 400-500 individuals, including 150 children.  The group dined on a full holiday feast, with all the trimmings, and then were treated to Christmas Gifts all around.

Santa Claus was front and center taking photos with all the children, and each child received their photo as a memento. Every child also received gifts during the evening and the adults in attendance were each presented with a swag bag of assorted nick knacks. The night was a huge success according to Chaplain Tom, “everybody had a wonderful time and the weather was outstanding.”

His Place Ministries serves the needs of all backstretch personnel at all 3 locations and is led by Chaplains Tom LaPointe, Alberto Grimaldi, and Guillermo Fernandez.

The Christmas Dinner at Palm Meadows was held on Christmas Eve.

The FHBPA is proud to be a part of these celebrations and we wish everyone a healthy and safe new year.