Charity Cup awards $30,000 to local organizations

Delaware North-owned-and-operated Finger Lakes Gaming & Racetrack, near Rochester, N.Y., recognized several local charitable organizations on Oct. 17, at its Eighth Annual Charity Cup, awarding a total of $30,000 to six nonprofit groups through a handicapping-style horse-racing competition.

Literacy Volunteers of Ontario-Yates Inc. took the top donation prize of $10,000.

Delaware North Co-CEO Lou Jacobs attended the event, taking part in check presentations to each of the groups, and also serving as honorary starter of the New York Breeders’ Futurity – the fifth race of the afternoon and the largest stakes race of the Finger Lakes season.

At the event, more than 200 attendees representing the six organizations joined together to cheer their causes on. The organizations selected one horse in each of the six designated races and earned points when their selection finished in the top three.

Finger Lakes Visiting Nurse Service finished second – taking home $6,000 – followed by Happiness House/CP Rochester ($4,500), National Center for Missing & Exploited Children ($4,500), Family Counseling Service of the Finger Lakes Inc. ($3,000) and Scottsville Veterinary Adoptions ($2,000).

“Congratulations to Literacy Volunteers of Ontario-Yates for winning the Eighth Annual Charity Cup,” said Chris Riegle, president and general manager at Finger Lakes Gaming & Racetrack. “And congratulations to all of the organizations that participated. Each of them contribute a tremendous amount to make our community a better place in which to live.”