Washington, D.C. –  Today, Congresswoman Elise Stefanik spoke on the House Floor to honor the life of MaryLou Whitney. She passed away on July19, at the age of 93.

Watch Congresswoman’s Stefanik Floor speech on MaryLou Whitney here


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“I rise today in honor of MaryLou Whitney, the Queen of Saratoga, who sadly passed away on July 19 at the age of 93.

MaryLou Whitney embodied the spirit of a revitalized Saratoga: she was graceful, classic, sparkling, full of joy, and one-of-a-kind. Most of all, she loved her community and gave so much of herself to it.

She had a passion for horse-racing and was a fixture of the Saratoga Race Track. She hosted a yearly racing season ball for many decades, where proceeds would benefit track workers and local organizations like the Saratoga Hospital, where her name is imprinted in the Intensive Care Unit for her altruism. She was active and involved in philanthropy until her last months. Her generosity, energy, and compassion were unmatched.

She was a founder of the Saratoga Performing Arts Center and the National Museum of Dance.

MaryLou Whitney often called Saratoga one of her favorite homes, and those of us in the community are unsurprised by this. It is a community like no other, and MaryLou made it better for all of us. Her deep involvement will leave a mark on Saratoga for generations to come.

I want to express my sincere condolences to MaryLou’s husband, John Hendrickson, and her entire family. I consider it an honor to have known MaryLou Whitney, and an honor to speak her memory into the Congressional Record. She will be missed.”