NYRA Donates Belmont Festival Picnic Tables to Charitable Organizations

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Twenty-five local nonprofit organizations will be provided with reserved picnic tables for each day of the Belmont Stakes Racing Festival at Saratoga June 6-9, the New York Racing Association announced Tuesday. The nonprofits primarily comprise those with the mission to deliver human services and provide direct assistance to individuals experiencing food insecurity, financial hardship, homelessness and mental and physical disability.

Organizations were also selected for their support of veterans, families and children, and promotion of the arts.

“NYRA is pleased to recognize the important role that nonprofit organizations play in our communities with the donation of these coveted reserved picnic tables as potentially lucrative fundraising vehicles,” said Robert Hines, NYRA Community Affairs Manager. “We are grateful for the many ways these organizations enhance Saratoga and the greater Capital Region.”

The selected beneficiaries will each receive one six-person table in the reserved picnic paddock during the Racing Festival to be used for fundraising activities, donor support or to raise awareness for their respective mission. NYRA's donation of 100 reserved picnic tables is worth nearly $25,000.

The program recipients are: AIM Services, Inc.; Bernard and Millie Duker Children's Hospital at Albany Medical Center; Boys & Girls Clubs of the Capital Area; Caffe Lena; CAPTAIN; Center for Disability Services; The Children's Museum at Saratoga; Double H Ranch; Equinox, Inc.; LifeWorks Community Action; Northeastern New York Chapter of American Red Cross; Opera Saratoga; Operation Adopt a Soldier; Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York; Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Capital Region; Saratoga Hospital; Saratoga Regional YMCA; Saratoga Sponsor-A-Scholar; Shelters of Saratoga; The Salvation Army; To Life!; United Way of the Greater Capital Region; Veterans & Community Housing Coalition; The Wesley Community; and Whitney Young Health.

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