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 Thrive to Survive taking the top donation prize of $10,000 in the seventh annual Charity Cup this afternoon. A total of $30,000 was offered by FLGR in support of the participating organizations.
Over 175 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. Thrive to Survive - $10,000
2. World of Wildlife Educational Encounters (WOWEE) - $6,000
3. Ontario ARC - $5,000
4. Mary Cariola Children’s Center - $4,000
5. Serenity House, NY - $3,000
6. The Green Angels Inc - $2,000
“Congratulations to Thrive to Survive and to all of the charities that participated today.” said Chris Riegle, FLGR 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:
The Green Angels – A free-cycle organization committed to providing gently used clothing, toys and other essential items to children and families within Wayne and surrounding counties. They will use their winnings for expenses to support operating costs of item delivery and purchases of essential infant items

Mary Cariola Children’s Center – Providing evidence-based solutions in education and life skill development for children and youth with complex disabilities, they will use their winnings towards refurbishing parts of the play areas used by their school program.
Ontario ARC – Dedicated to assisting individuals with developmental disabilities and their families, they will use their winnings to renovate, beautify and improve accessibility at the Therapeutic Recreation Yard in Canandaigua.
Serenity House – Supporting the terminally ill and addressing their physical, emotional and spiritual needs, they will use their funds to purchase consumables and personal hygiene items for residents.
Thrive to Survive – Dedicated to providing support to adults diagnosed and being treated for cancer in Geneva NY, they will use their funds towards expanded services, operational expenses and emergency financial grants  to patients.
World of Wildlife Educational Encounters (WOWEE) – With a mission to connect people of all ages to the world of nature, WOWEE plans to use their winnings towards adding an animal assisted therapy program to their list of services.
FLGR received over 35 applications for entry into the 2014 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 and expanded again in 2013 by adding 33,000 square feet with a $12 million expansion. Nearly two million visitors annually now visit the facility highlighted by over 1,500 gaming machines, the 448-seat Vineyard Buffet, Remedy Bar & Lounge, as well as live and simulcast thoroughbred racing. Gaming doors open at 8 a.m. and racing doors open at 11:30 a.m. daily. For more information, visit
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