Steve Martin
Director of Marketing/Gaming
Phone: 585-742-9235
Our theme: ‘Making A Difference, 100 Lives At A Time!’
FARMINGTON, N.Y. – On Saturday, October 17, Finger Lakes Gaming & Racetrack (FLGR) will present the eighth annual $30,000 Charity Cup event, a day of racing and acknowledgment of charitable community service organizations. Applications are now being accepted to help select which six not-for-profits will compete for a share of $30,000 through an interactive event surrounding an afternoon of thoroughbred racing.

Charitable community service organizations located within Monroe, Ontario or Wayne County that are interested and eligible to apply may visit or call 585-742-9263 for an application.

“We encourage all eligible not-for-profits to apply for an opportunity to be a part of this special event,” said Chris Riegle, Finger Lakes Gaming & Racetrack president and general manager. “The evaluation of applications becomes more difficult each year as so many organizations do tremendous work in our community. We look forward to selecting a new group of charities for this year’s event.”

FLGR has been part of this community for over 50 years, and since 1963 has been owned and operated by Delaware North, one of the world’s largest privately held companies. Delaware North is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year and in honor of this milestone, this year’s Charity Cup is being themed ‘Making a difference, 100 lives at a time!’ Applying organizations will be asked how they can impact at least 100 lives locally through being selected to participate.

Six local organizations will be chosen after applications are reviewed to assess several factors including, but not limited to, overall need, services provided, and the potential impact within the community. Child-related organizations will receive special focus from the selection committee.

On the day of the Charity Cup event, Saturday, October 17, the six organizations chosen will each select horses to win designated races and receive points based on the actual race results. The charity that earns the most points will take home the top prize- $10,000 and the Charity Cup trophy.  All participating charities receive a share of the $30,000 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.

“Being able to participate in this event was extraordinarily helpful beyond the award itself.  It put Thrive to Survive in the limelight, and increased community awareness about our mission stated Pam Venuti, President of Thrive to Survive, the $10,000 winner from last year’s event. Thrive to Survive participated along with World of Wildlife Educational Encounters (WOWEE); Ontario ARC; Mary Cariola Children’s Center; Serenity House, NY; and The Green Angels, Inc.   

The application deadline is Wednesday, September 23, with the six selected charities announced Friday, September 25.
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