Steve Martin
Director of Marketing/Gaming
Phone: 585-742-9235

2015 Theme: ‘Making a Difference, 100 Lives at a Time’

FARMINGTON, N.Y. – Finger Lakes Gaming & Racetrack (FLGR) once again will place $30,000 up for grabs among six local not-for-profits this coming Saturday, October 17 during the eighth renewal of the Charity Cup.

Created in 2008 as a way to celebrate the tireless work by the many agencies that make our community a better place, FLGR has distributed $210,000 to over 40 local not-for-profits over the past seven years through the annual event and is set to add to that total on Saturday.

Not-for-profit organizations located within Monroe, Ontario and Wayne counties were invited to apply for a chance to be selected to participate. The selection process was based upon several factors including, but not limited to: an assessment of overall need, services provided, the program to be supported, and potential impact within our community. Special consideration is given to organizations that positively impact children.

Additionally, in 2015 FLGR is celebrating the 100th anniversary of its parent company, Delaware North, which has been grounded in family ownership and headquartered in Buffalo, New York since 1915. To celebrate Delaware North’s community stewardship over that time, this year’s event is themed ‘Making a difference, 100 lives at a time!’ As such, organizations were also challenged to demonstrate how funds from the event could assist in impacting 100 lives locally.

The not-for-profits selected to participate in the 2015 event are: Literacy Volunteers of Ontario-Yates, Inc., National Center for Missing & Exploited Children/New York Regional Office, Scottsville Veterinary Adoptions, Family Counseling Service of the Finger Lakes, Inc., Finger Lakes Visiting Nurse Service, and a unique partnership between Happiness House and CP Rochester. Each will compete for a share of $30,000 through an interactive event surrounding an afternoon of thoroughbred racing, with all organizations guaranteed to receive a minimum donation of $2,000.

“The Charity Cup is special because of what it means to the participating organizations in terms of both financial support,” said Chris Riegle, FLCR president and general manager. “But even more importantly, past participants have told us the benefits extend much farther by allowing these organizations to come together for an afternoon of camaraderie and recognition of their staff, volunteers and donors; which is something they don’t often have the opportunity to do.”

During the event, the six not-for profits chosen gather supporters and select one horse from each of the six designated races, and receive points based on how their horse finishes. The not-for-profit that earns the most points takes home the top prize of $10,000 and the Charity Cup trophy.  All participating not-for-profits receive a share of the purse with second-place earning $6,000, third-place earning $5,000, fourth-place $4,000, fifth place $3,000 and sixth-place $2,000.

The organizations along with the programs to be supported are as follows:

Literacy Volunteers of Ontario-Yates, Inc. – LVOY’s mission is to help adults acquire the literacy skills needed to reach their full potential as individuals, parents, workers and citizens. Funds from the Charity Cup will be used to purchase additional education supplies to serve a greater number of the 7% of the area in need of literacy services and, ultimately, reduce the illiteracy rate.

National Center for Missing & Exploited Children / New York Regional Office – NCMEC/NY works to prevent child abduction and sexual exploitation; help find missing children; and assist victims of abduction, sexual exploitation, their families and the professionals who serve them. Plans for funding from the Charity Cup include expansion of their KidSmartz and NetSmartz programs that teach safe behaviors in public and online, which currently reach over 31,000 children annually.

Scottsville Veterinary Adoptions – SVA is a non-profit, no-kill shelter that advocates juvenile spaying and neutering and also specializes in rescuing dogs from shelters in poverty stricken areas in southern states to make available for local adoption. Animals being rescued from these shelters would most likely be euthanized within 24 hours of arrival due to a lack of resources and overpopulation if not for the work of organizations such as SVA. Additional funds would allow for more of these rescues to occur.

Family Counseling Service of the Finger Lakes, Inc. – Family Counseling Service of the Finger Lakes provides professional counseling and support services to individuals and families to improve their quality of life at home and in the community. Funding from this year’s event will enhance trauma therapy services currently being provided to over 2400 people throughout Ontario and Wayne counties.

Finger Lakes Visiting Nurse Service – FLVNS provides compassionate, quality home health and hospice care to individuals and families, regardless of ability to pay. Funding will support this program that relies on gifts to provide skilled services to over 3,000 in our community.

Happiness House / CP Rochester – Happiness House is an educational, residential, health and human service organization that provides services to children with and without disabilities. CP Rochester supports individuals of all ages and abilities with a range of health, educational and support services. These two organizations are partnering in this year’s event to support their combined SportsNet program efforts. SportsNet is an adaptive spots and recreation program that celebrates the accomplishments of all athletes and abilities within sports such as skiing, golf and power wheelchair soccer, among others.
About Finger Lakes Gaming & Racetrack: In operation since 1962, the facility added gaming to its offering in 2004 and expanded again in 2013 by adding 33,000 square feet with a $12 million expansion. Nearly two million visitors annually now visit the facility highlighted by over 1,500 gaming machines, the 448-seat Vineyard Buffet, Remedy Bar & Lounge, as well as live and simulcast thoroughbred racing. Gaming doors open at 8 a.m. and racing doors open at 11:30 a.m. daily. For more information, visit
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