Finger Lakes hosting six local not-for-profits to vie for a share of $30,000 donation

FARMINGTON, N.Y. – Finger Lakes Casino & Racetrack (FLCR) once again will place $30,000 up for grabs among six local not-for-profits this coming Saturday, September 29 during the fifth 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, FLCR has distributed $120,000 among 24 local not-for-profits over the past four years and is set to add to that total on Saturday.

The not-for-profits selected to participate in the 2012 event are: Make-A-Wish Foundation of Metro New York and Western New York, Foodlink, National Multiple Sclerosis Society – Upstate New York Chapter, The Society for the Protection and Care of Children (SPCC), Veterans Outreach Center, and the Victim Resource Center of the Finger Lakes. Each not-for-profit 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.

Not-for-profit organizations located within Monroe, Ontario, Wayne and Seneca 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. This year, over 50 organizations applied to be part of the event.

“The Charity Cup is special because of what it means to the participating organizations in terms of both financial support and public awareness,” 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.”

On the day of the Charity Cup event, Saturday, September 29, 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:

Make-A-Wish Foundation of Metro New York and Western New York – Make-A-Wish focuses on granting the wishes of children with life threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. These wishes range from going somewhere, meeting someone or having a particular item and are only limited by the imagination of the child. Funds from the Charity Cup will be placed towards fulfilling wishes.

Foodlink – Foodlink’s mission is to provide hunger relief, eliminate the root causes of hunger, improve health and promote economic development. Funds from the Charity Cup will support the Mobile Pantry program. This program delivers nutritious food directly to individuals in communities with a high need, in areas which may lack traditional food pantries, soup kitchens or other emergency food relief organizations.

National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Upstate New York Chapter – The National MS Society focuses on mobilizing people and resources to drive research for a cure and to address the challenges of everyone affected by MS. Charity Cup funds will support the Upstate New York Chapter’s MS Independence Program. The program helps people living with MS improve or maintain their health and quality of life by decreasing financial and logistical barriers to accessing assistive technology, adaptive equipment, home/vehicle modifications, or other medical services and products that optimize health and increase independence.

The Society for the Protection and Care of Children (SPCC) – The SPCC focuses upon cultivating a strong and thriving community by providing exceptional services to children and families. SPCC will designate funds from the Charity Cup towards the TAPSS program which has served teen parents in the community for over 20 years. The program is designed to increase the self sufficiency of young mothers by specifically improving their employability through working towards educational and employment related goals to improve the family’s long term outcomes.

Veterans Outreach Center – The Veterans Outreach Center provides one-stop supportive services to veterans of the United States Armed Forces and their families. Charity Cup funding will be used to enhance and expand existing services to help veterans transition from active duty and re-enter the workforce with meaningful employment that utilizes both their civilian and military acquired skills.

Victim Resource Center of the Finger Lakes – The mission of the VRC is to forge a community-wide commitment to end violence and provide assistance to victims in a sensitive, respectful, and confidential manner. Charity Cup funding will be utilized to purchase furniture and household needs for the VRC’s domestic violence shelter, which is the only shelter for the counties of Wayne, Ontario, Seneca and Yates.

About Finger Lakes Casino & Racetrack - In operation since 1962, the facility added gaming to its offering in 2004. Over two million visitors annually now enjoy nearly 1200 slot machines, 448-seat Vineyard Buffet restaurant, Sevens sports bar , as well as live and simulcast thoroughbred racing. Casino doors open at 8 a.m. and racing gates open at 11:30 a.m., daily. For more information, visit

<< Back