Six local not-for-profits share a $30,000 Donation
FARMINGTON, N.Y. – A day of celebration and recognition of area charitable organizations came to a close today at Finger Lakes Gaming & Racetrack (FLGR) with Another Chance Pet Rescue taking the top donation prize of $10,000 in the sixth annual Charity Cup this afternoon. A total of $30,000 was offered by FLGR in support of the participating organizations.

Over 150 participants from the six charities joined together this afternoon to cheer their causes on. Organizations selected one horse in each of the six designated races and earned points based on any finishing in the top three, with the group accumulating the most points at the end of the day receiving a $10,000 donation and the Charity Cup.

Here are the final standings and total donations received:

1. Another Chance Pet Rescue – $10,000
2. YMCA of Greater Rochester/Victor - $6,000
3. Wayne Pre-Trial Services/Homeless Youth Program - $5,000
4. Compassionate Care, Inc. - $4,000
5. Gilda’s Club Rochester, NY - $3,000
6. Daystar for Medically Fragile Children, Inc - $2,000

“Congratulations to Another Chance Pet Rescue and to all of the charities that participated today.” said Chris Riegle, FLCR president and general manager. “Each of these organizations contribute a tremendous amount of work to make our community a better place in which to live.”

Here is what all six charities plan to do with their winnings:

Another Chance Pet Rescue (ACPR) – A no-kill rescue group, ACPR provides foster homes for homeless, abused or abandoned animals that are facing euthanasia. The volunteer organization provides all necessary medical care including vaccinations and spaying or neutering before placing the animals in permanent homes. Funds from the Charity Cup will help support a new initiative for ACPR to educate kids within the city of Rochester and surrounding communities about animal cruelty in an effort to stop animal abuse.

YMCA of Greater Rochester/Victor – A charitable association of members that seek to build a healthy spirit, mind and body through quality programs, the YMCA of Greater Rochester/Victor location provides strengthening of families, healthy development of children, the development of positive individual behaviors and a healthier safer community for all. Funds from the Charity Cup will help the Financial Assistance Program which provides financial help to children, families, and seniors that would like to participate in the YMCA Greater Rochester/ Victor programs and services. 

Wayne Pre-Trial Services/Homeless Youth Program – Wayne Pre-Trial Services provides intensive, high-quality programs designed to provide resources, support and guidance to at-risk populations in Wayne County. The programs help improve overall quality of life, help clients improve personal safety and stability and avoid ongoing or future contact with the criminal justice system. Any funds from Charity Cup will help the Homeless Youth Program to maintain its full-time status. The program helps clients age 16 to 20 that do not have a safe or stable home to return to.  Government funding for the program has been reduced by over 56% in the past five years.

Compassionate Care, Inc – The mission of Compassionate Care, Inc is to enhance the quality of life for the terminally ill by helping them maintain life at home in familiar surroundings and in the company of loved ones throughout the traumatic experience of terminal illness. Any funds received from the Charity Cup will help further their mission within Ontario County and the Canandaigua communities through education, volunteer procurement, and increased marketing efforts.

Gilda’s Club Rochester, NY – Gilda’s Club Rochester creates free support for everyone living with cancer, including men, woman, teens, and children along with their families and friends. The program complements medical care by proving networking and support groups for those affected by the disease, as well as workshops, education, and social activities. Funds from the Charity Cup will be allocated to various support programs, workshops, and Camp Open Arms, a two-week summer day camp for children ages three to 14 living with cancer.

Daystar for Medically Fragile Children, Inc – The first-and-only provider of medical day respite services for children up to age five in New York State, Daystar focuses on providing expert pediatric nursing and respite care along with therapeutic and educational support programming for children braving serious and often life-threatening medical and developmental complexities. Striving to effectively influence the long term impact on the health and quality of life for children and their families, Daystar hopes to use the funds from Charity Cup to help with the expansion of its current program from 25 children to 40 children enrolled in the pediatric day respite program.

FLGR received over 50 applications for entry into the 2013 Charity Cup and selected six charities to participate. Selection was based on several factors including, but not limited to, an assessment of overall need, services provided, the program to be supported, and the potential impact within our community.

About Finger Lakes Gaming & Racetrack - In operation since 1962, the facility added gaming to its offering in 2004 with a $10.5 million expansion. Nearly two million visitors annually now visit the facility highlighted by nearly 1,200 gaming machines, the 448-seat Vineyard Buffet, as well as live and simulcast thoroughbred racing. A nearly 33,000 square foot expansion featuring additional gaming space, feature bar and new restaurant is currently under construction and slated to open in the fall of 2013. Gaming floor doors open at 8 a.m. and racing doors open at 11:30 a.m. daily. For more information, visit
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