Vernon Downs donates $50K to food bank; plans food distribution event March 27


VERNON — As part of Vernon Downs’ ongoing commitment to supporting its surrounding communities, Vernon Downs is giving $50,000 to the Food Bank of Central New York. Officials said this funding will benefit the Food Bank’s commitment to distributing 46,579 meals to central and northern New Yorkers every day.

Assistant General Manager Arthur Wood presented the check on behalf of the racino on Feb. 26 to the Food Bank’s Chief Development Officer Lynn Hy.

“We are thrilled to present this donation to the Food Bank of Central New York. It’s such an important organization that distributes food to local food pantries and soup kitchens, which in turn, provide food for those in need that may not receive it any other way,” said Jeff Gural, CEO and president of American Racing & Entertainment said.

“At Vernon Downs, we have an ongoing pledge to support our community, and getting involved with the Food Bank is a great way to make a difference in our neighbors’ lives,” Gural added.

Vernon Downs and Gural have donated more than $630,000 to the Food Bank since 2009, which has resulted in more than 1.9 million meals served to those in need.

In conjunction with the Food Bank, Vernon Downs will host a food distribution event at Vernon Downs on Saturday, March 27 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., according to the announcement.

The event will be held either in the parking garage or the parking area in front of the Vernon Downs Racetrack. Prior registration is required and is open to the first 1,000 households.

Anyone interested in assisting with food distribution during the event may also register to volunteer on the Food Bank’s website once the event has been posted.

For more information on the event, please visit


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