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12/11/2013 5:52:45 PM

SARATOGA SPRINGS, New York (December 11, 2013) – Saratoga Casino and Raceway’s 9th Annual Make a Difference event was held last night at Vapor Night Club.  Nearly 150 guests were in attendance while 17 local charitable organizations were presented with monetary donations totaling $100,000. Those donations contributed to an overall $260,000 provided for community support by the casino in 2013.

Since its official inception in 2006, the annual Make a Difference event has presented $815,000 to local organizations, and over $2 million in monetary, sponsorship and in-kind donations have been made by Saratoga Casino and Raceway since opening in 2004.

“We understand the importance of continued support for local organizations that make a difference in our community,” said Jamie Hartman, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. “Our contributions ensure that the programs provided by these organizations can continue to benefit our employees, families, friends and neighbors.”

At 6:30 p.m., the check presentation began with opening remarks provided by Skip Carlson, Vice President of External Affairs at Saratoga Casino and Raceway.
“In this economy, it is increasingly more difficult for not-for-profit organizations to obtain funding to provide services to members of the community in need,” said Carlson. “This event serves as recognition and helps reinforce our sincere appreciation for the wonderful work done by these organizations in our community.”

Benita Zahn, of News Channel 13 returned for the second year as host of the event. Zahn presented the checks to each organization, beginning with the three organizations she was given the opportunity to select as recipients. Zahn’s selections for 2013 were Building on Love and YWCA of the Greater Capital Region each receiving $1,250, along with Kelly’s Angels which received $2,500.

The other recipients for Tuesday night’s Make a Difference event were:
Saratoga County Economic Opportunity Council, Inc.           
Saratoga Hospital Foundation
Shelters of Saratoga  
Franklin Community Center, Inc.        
To Life!
Operation Adopt A Soldier, Inc.          
Schoharie Area Long Term (SALT)
Adult & Senior Center of Saratoga
Nathan Littauer Foundation, Inc.
Rebuilding Together, Saratoga County, Inc.
Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Capital Region, Inc.
Saratoga P.L.A.N.        
The Wesley Foundation          
Jake's Help From Heaven

Kari Cushing, Executive Director of Franklin Community Center said,  "Franklin Community Center is so appreciative of the support that Saratoga Casino and Raceway provides to our agency and to the entire community.  From the monetary donations and support of our fundraising efforts, to the countless hours they volunteer and give back; the culture of giving they have created resonates so deep within our community and we all reap the benefits of their efforts."

Saratoga Casino and Raceway, located on Crescent Avenue in Saratoga Springs, NY, features over 1,700 slots, electronic table games, Vapor Night Club, two full-service restaurants with buffets, a casual dining restaurant, three full-service bars, deli and a variety of guest services including valet parking and coat check. Operating hours for the gaming facility are 9 a.m. to 4 a.m. every day. Simulcast races can be viewed seven days a week and live harness racing runs March through mid-December. For a full racing schedule and additional information, please visit or call 800-727-2990. Must be 18 years of age or older to play video gaming machines or wager on horses.  Please play responsibly. 

Photo Caption:
Franklin Community Center (FCC) accepting a $7,500 donation as part of Saratoga Casino and Raceway’s Make A Difference event. From Left to Right: Rita Cox, Saratoga Casino and Raceway Senior Vice President of  Marketing and External Affairs; Rick Amico, FCC Board Member; Jamie Williams, Associate Director FCC; Karen D’Andrea, Vice President of FCC Board of Directors; Kari Cushing, FCC Executive Director; Brian Corcoran, FCC Board President and Skip Carlson, Saratoga Casino and Raceway Vice President of External Affairs.

Make a Difference Event Saratoga Casino

Contact Information:
Amy Brannigan
Director of Marketing
(518) 581-5721

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