Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Tioga Downs and Jeff Gural aid in flood relief recovery in local area


Due to severe flooding in the Southern Tier, the final three race nights of the 2011 race season at Tioga Downs had to be canceled.

Over the 10 days that followed, both Tioga Downs employees and Jeff Gural came to the aid of local agencies trying to help families affected by the disaster.

Jeff Gural (Chairman of American Racing and Entertainment) personally donated $75,000 to aid in the relief while the Tioga Downs horsemen's group, the Southern Tier Harness Horsemen's Association, donated $25,000.

This past Saturday night, Tioga Downs hosted its Sha Na Na concert and all ticket proceeds were donated to local agencies to aid the flood relief victims in the local area.

The days after the water receded and families were able to get into their homes near the racetrack to begin cleaning up what was left behind, employees of Tioga Downs delivered food and water during the afternoon hours.

For the past 10 days, the maintenance and track facility staff has been working hours on end to help the families near Tioga Downs with their clean up.

Tioga Downs has directed these families to leave all of their items which need to be thrown away, anything from couches to dryers, on the curb of the road and the maintenance staff will be by with a dump truck and front end loader to haul it away for them at no charge.

"The flooding in our area has been devastating and we have agreed to continue aiding in the clean up of our area until our neighbors are back on their feet," said Jason M. Settlemoir, VP of Racing and Simulcast.

Tioga Downs also reached out to its suppliers and bought supplies for the local Fire House which has been set up as a relief area in Nichols.

Some of the supplies donated by Tioga Downs's suppliers and itself have been 20 cases of breathing masks, gloves, paper towels, Clorox, bathroom tissue, mops and numerous other items.

For more information on Tioga Downs please visit us online at www.tiogadowns.com.