09.29.2012
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 Casino & Racetrack (FLCR) with the National Multiple Sclerosis Society – Upstate New York Chapter taking the top donation prize of $10,000 in the fifth annual Charity Cup this afternoon. A total of $30,000 was offered by FLCR in support of the participating organizations.

Over 140 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. National Multiple Sclerosis Society – Upstate New York Chapter - $10,000
2. Victim Resource Center of the Finger Lakes - $6,000
3. Foodlink - $5,000
4. Make-A-Wish Foundation of Metro New York and Western New York - $4,000
5. Veterans Outreach Center - $3,000
6. The Society for the Protection and Care of Children (SPCC) - $2,000

 “Congratulations to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society for winning the fifth annual Charity Cup,” said Chris Riegle, FLCR president and general manager. “And congratulations to all of the charities who have participated today. 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:

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

FLCR received over 50 applications for entry into the 2012 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 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 www.fingerlakescasino.com.
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