We at Finger Lakes Gaming & Racetrack work and live in the community where we serve,
so it is only right that we do our share. Below are just some of the ways we help:
The Charity Cup Event is one of the many ways Finger Lakes Gaming & Racetrack gives back to the local community.
Finger Lakes provides a $30,000 community donation to be split among six local charities. Selection of the participating organizations is based upon several factors including, but not limited to an assessment of overall need, services provided, and the potential impact within the community of the specific initiative to be support by funds awarded from the event.
The day of the event includes each charity participating in an interactive event surrounding a day of thoroughbred racing. The charity that earns the most points will take home the Cup and the top award of $10,000. Each charity comes away a winner and awarded the following prizes from $6,000 - $2,000, depending on the outcome of the event.
2013 ParticipantsThis year over 50 applications were received from local charities and the event took place on Saturday, October 5, 2013. Congratulations to Another Chance Pet Rescue for winning the Charity Cup and the $10,000 donation! Final Charity Cup Results:
- Another Chance Pet Rescue - $10,000 Charity Cup Winner
- YMCA of Greater Rochester/Victor - $6,000
- Wayne Pre-Trial Services/Homeless Youth Program - $5,000
- Compassionate Care, Inc. - $4,000
- Gilda's Club Rochester - $3,000
- Daystar for Medically Fragile Children, Inc. - $2,000
A Charity Cup Selection Committee reviewed all applications submitted and chose the six not-for-profits listed above to participate in the 2013 Charity Cup Event on October 5. At least two not-for-profit agencies have causes related to children. The committee also looked to include at least one Ontario County based not-for-profit organization.
Any agency considering participating in the Charity Cup must have a 501(c)3 status. Documentation of status must be provided upon request.
Selection of participating not-for-profits is based upon the services provided by the agency and it meeting eligibility requirements, in addition to overall demonstrated need and potential impact of program to be supported/created. Other factors considered in final selections were the total number of people impacted in relation to size and total operating budget of the organization.
Applications are reviewed by the Charity Cup Selection Committee comprised of Finger Lakes Casino & Racetrack's management and employees. Finger Lakes Gaming & Racetrack reserves the right to review applications based on their interpretation of merit and all decisions are considered final.
For questions, please contact: Francie Andolino at 585-742-9263.
A Fun Filled Day:
On the day of the event, representatives from each of the six selected charities will participate in a handicapping-style challenge. Each group will be asked to select a horse in various races and earn points based on how that horse finishes. Not a horse racing expert? No problem! Staff will be available to help guide each charity through the process. In the end, the charity that earns the most points will take home the Cup and the top award of $10,000! There will also be awards for $6,000, $5,000, $4,000, $3,000, and $2,000! In addition, each charity will be provided booth space on the day of the event to display information about their cause.
United Way Day of Caring
Finger Lakes Gaming & Racetrack employees volunteer every year for the Ontario County United Way Day of Caring.
The Day of Caring kicks off the United Way Campaign. Year after year, over thirty agencies in Ontario County have over 450 volunteers from businesses and organizations in our area reaching out and helping the United Way Agencies.
Each agency has many different tasks for the volunteers to help them out with including: painting, shampooing rugs, washing windows, yard work, etc. Not only is the Day of Caring a great help for the United Way, it’s also a fun employee team building day.
During the United Way Campaign, Finger Lakes Gaming & Racetrack also hosts a food drive to help the local food cupboards in Ontario County. Employees generously donate non-perishable food & items to help out those in need.
Points for Kids
Each year Finger Lakes Gaming & Racetrack’s Guests and Employees find their holiday spirit in a big way.
Members of our Player Extras Club donate their gaming points for the annual Points for Kids promotion that started back in 2004.
Along with Finger Lakes Association purchasing gifts, employees donate gifts and make the true spirit of the holiday season shine. The Employees double as elves and shop to make sure every child who is in foster care in Ontario County have a wonderful holiday season. A truck load of gifts ranging from toys, games, bikes and clothes are delivered to OCSS to be wrapped and given to the kids they serve. Each year on average, there are between 55 & 65 kids who benefit from the Points for Kids Promotion.
Four times a year, Finger Lakes Gaming & Racetrack employees clean up a portion of the highway near the facility.
The cleanup is a two mile stretch of the highway right in front of the property. Finger Lakes adopted the highway in 2009, and have been keeping it clean for three years!