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Eugene Ewan Mori Foundation

Dedicated to Preventing the Abuse of All Animals

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Foundation Objectives

The mission of the Eugene Ewan Mori Foundation is to support and protect endangered animals and preserve the natural environment.

In 2011 Eugene Ewan Mori (1928-2020) , established a foundation for the purpose of funding causes he had developed a passion for during his lifetime.

Throughout his life, Eugene was an animal lover and environmental advocate dedicated to protecting all creatures from abuse and cruelty as well as recognizing environmental dangers harmful to the life quality of the population.

Through Eugene's philanthropy, the EEM Foundation will be supporting proactive organizations with reasonable administrative costs and lacking mainstream publicity to make a substantial impact to the benefit of the animal kingdom and the surrounding environment.

The trustees of EEM Foundation were closely acquainted with Gene (as he was affectionately known) in his everyday living for many decades and will always cherish his memory and carry out Gene's express intention of his charity making a difference for the betterment of our ecosystem.

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Our Cause

In 2023, the Eugene Ewan Mori Foundation will be committing much needed funds to the South Florida Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (South Florida SPCA).

We will be assisting the South Florida SPCA in ongoing projects with the rebuilding of an equestrian paddock, improvement to the horse stables, drainage issues that force them to evacuate their ranch in the event of a major storm and other problem areas hampering their efforts to rescue, rehabilitate, protect and provide loving care to horses and livestock who have suffered cruelty through no fault of their own.

The Eugene Ewan Mori Foundation is delighted to join with the South Florida SPCA in their mission of saving the vulnerable animal population of South Florida from abuse and inhumane conditions hidden from the general public.

A Memorable Day With Eugene At Hialeah Racetrack

From 1954 until 1977, Gene along with his father owned and operated the world renowned Hialeah Racetrack. Gene would always recall his days and nonchalantly regale his friends with the most interesting and entertaining anecdotes about the glory days he witnessed and was part of at South Florida's historic, horse racing mecca.

For the Full story of Eugene’s days at the Hialeah Racetrack view his video diary here


The Hialeah Racetrack

As narrated by Eugene Ewan Mori in 2009

History of Hialeah Race Track PART 1
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Eugene Ewan Mori Jr., passed away quietly August 30, 2020 at his US home in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Mr. Mori was born in Vineland N.J in 1928. He attended Amherst College, MA where he was a member of Theta Delta Chi and the flying club. Eugene E. Mori Jr was the son of the late Eugene V. Mori Sr, who built and owned Garden State Racetrack, Cherry Hill, N.J., had controlling interests in the Tanforan Racetrack, in California and Hialeah Racetrack in Miami, (Hialeah), Florida which he fully acquired in 1954.


Mr. Mori spent a great deal of his life in South Florida and the South of France where he became a resident of Monaco. Mr. Mori was a United States Naval officer who saw combat during the Korean War alongside his good friend the late Jack Kelly, brother of the late Princess Grace of Monaco. Upon returning from the Korean War, Mr. Mori worked for his father as president of Garden State Park and Hialeah Race Track. In his capacity as president of Hialeah Race Track he hosted many celebrities and dignitaries, including former President Harry S. Truman in 1961 (see photo). Mr. Mori loved all animals big and small. He continuously contributed to a number of retired racehorse sanctuaries. He commissioned bronze statutes of celebrated racehorses to be put on Hialeah's grounds. At Hialeah he stopped the clipping of the flamingos wings so they could fly around the track and ordered that they be fed shrimp as part of their diet to bring their natural colour back to pink. Mr. Mori was an avid sportsman. As an accomplished European skier Mr. Mori was introduced by Paul Arnold, twice world Cresta skull champion, to the Cresta in St Moritz, Switzerland, and as many Royalty and celebrities before him including John F. Kennedy and Errol Flynn, he made a number of runs. Mr. Mori, also an accomplished race car driver competed at Sebring, Florida and won 1st place in his corvette during the amateur portion of Nassau Race Week with his close friend for decades as navigator Charles Lawson. Mr. Mori, who learned to sail in New Jersey and raced Star sailboats in his teens, lived for "the open waters" and was locally known for his distinctive 80' 1919 Trumpy yacht which plied the waters of South Florida, the intercoastal, and Biscayne Bay. He also kept a 65' Hatteras moored in St Jean Cap Ferrat, France which he personally captained across the Northern Mediterranean. His close friends called him Commodore.


Eugene E. MORI, JR. ENDED SEGREGATION AT HIALEAH RACE TRACK IN THE 1960s. In the late 1950 s and early 1960 s segregation was very prevalent in all parts of the USA. Hialeah Race Track was no exception. The world-famous prestigious clubhouse at Hialeah Racetrack was frequented by Hollywood movie stars, politicians, Presidents and Royalty which included Winston Churchill. Mr. Mori made a point to welcome them all. In 1961 Mr. Mori welcomed President Harry S. Truman to a racing event, pictured above. The famous Cab Calloway, the celebrated black singer, dancer, and bandleader of the swing era of the 1920 s and on, was visiting Hialeah for a racing event. Mr. Calloway approached the doorman of the club house and attempted entry. The doorman would not allow him in as Hialeah was segregated. Mr. Calloway insisted that the doorman call the president of the track. Mr. Mori happened to be having lunch at the club that day. The doorman contacted Mr. Mori and said Mr. Cab Calloway was at the door and wants to come in. Mr. Mori asked, the doorman, "Is Mr. Calloway wearing a jacket and tie?" As that was the dress code for all, "If not give him one and let him in, and tell him he is my guest for lunch." Eugene had been a great admirer of Cab Calloway and his music, and felt privileged to meet him that day. From that day on Eugene Mori, Jr. ended Segregation at Hialeah Racetrack.


Eugene Mori will be deeply missed by his closest friends and long-standing companion of forty years Eileen Herlihy, who recalled treasured memories of their adventurous times traveling the world together and all the happy times shared, such priceless memories. RIP

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