Process to select six local charities to compete for a share of $30,000 begins

FARMINGTON, N.Y. – Finger Lakes Casino & Racetrack (FLCR) is pleased to announce that the sixth annual $30,000 Charity Cup event, a day of racing and acknowledgment of charitable community service organizations, will be held on Saturday, October 5, 2013. 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, Wayne, and Seneca counties 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 Casino & 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.”
Six local organizations will be invited to participate 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 5, 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.

“The Charity Cup was a fabulous event. Our volunteers and staff had the best time selecting the horses and cheering them across the finish line. Knowing that our efforts would result in a donation for our progam just added to the excitement of the day,” stated Valerie King Hoak, Vice President of Chapter Resource Development for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Upstate New York Chapter, the $10,000 winner from last year’s event. The Upstate New York Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society participated along with Foodlink, Make-A-Wish Foundation of Metro and Western New York, The Society for the Protection and Care of Children (SPCC), Veterans Outreach Center, and Victim Resource Center of the Finger Lakes.   

Any agency with 501(c) 3 status that is headquartered or has a local branch of a national organization in Monroe, Wayne, Seneca, or Ontario counties is eligible to apply to be selected to be part of the Charity Cup. The application deadline is Thursday, September 12, with the six selected charities announced the following week.

About Finger Lakes Casino & 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. Casino doors open at 8 a.m. and racing doors open at 11:30 a.m. daily. For more information, visit
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