The New York Racing Association will hold a day-long tribute and fundraiser for Ukraine at Saratoga Race Course Wednesday, Aug. 24, to correspond with the date of Ukraine's declared independence from the former Soviet Union in 1991. Fans are encouraged to wear yellow and blue in celebration of Ukraine and the Ukrainian flag will fly above the infield at Saratoga Race Course, adjacent to the American flag.
Members of the Ukrainian Congress Committee of America (UCCA), the largest nonprofit in the United States dedicated to advancing and supporting the role of Ukrainian Americans, will accept monetary donations and distribute flyers and stickers at the admission gates from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The UCCA is dedicated to offering aid to war-torn Ukraine and its displaced citizens.
“We are overwhelmed and humbled by the opportunity to celebrate Ukraine Day at Saratoga Race Course on this important occasion of commemorating Ukraine's Independence Day,” said Dr. Andrij Baran, President of the UCCA Capital District Chapter. “We thank the Capital District Community for the tremendous support they are providing for Ukraine. We are looking forward to a very successful event in raising donations and awareness during this difficult time that Ukraine is going through.”
UCCA volunteers will staff the Community Outreach Booth at Saratoga Race Course from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. where they will discuss their mission, collect donations and sell t-shirts, bags, pins and related items to support fundraising efforts.