Kentucky Downs Gives $25K to Boys & Girls Club

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Kentucky Downs has donated $25,000 to the Boys & Girls Club of Franklin-Simpson for the organization's mission of helping youths “reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens,” the track announced Monday.

“Kentucky Downs is where excitement meets fun and luck, where dreams can come true,” said Valerie Strafe, Kentucky Downs' vice president of operations. “A lot of kids are at risk of being left behind before they ever get started. We want to help put them on a path to where they also have a chance to realize their dreams.”

The donation will be used toward back-to-school supplies; developing a program at the Boys & Girls Club's new Teen Center where participants are the main creators, designers and bloggers for the club's website and social media; buying a requested Christmas gift for all the kids and staging a holiday lunch or dinner for the kids and their parents; as well as money to assist in general expenses, supplies and expansion.

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