SARATOGA SPRINGS — The New York Racing Association donated $20,000 to several local non-profit organizations on Friday, thanks to a joint initiative with the city of Saratoga Springs.
The funds were raised through the sale of limited-edition Saratoga Race Course face masks and will be divided evenly between AIM Services, Inc., Franklin Community Center, Shelters of Saratoga and the SNACpack Program (Saratoga Nutritional Assistance for Children).
The campaign launched in mid-June and NYRA worked with Mayor Meg Kelly to identify organizations that provide food, shelter and other critical resources during a time of increased need due to the coronavirus pandemic.
“We are all grateful to NYRA and the Saratoga mask initiative for helping us ‘Mask Up’ and raise funds for four of our local non-profits,” said Kelly.
AIM Services provides residential and community-based services to people with disabilities; Franklin Community Center runs a food pantry, after-school prevention programs and provides affordable housing to people in Saratoga Springs. Shelters of Saratoga assists those who are facing homelessness by providing supportive services, drop-in centers, and other services. The SNACpack Program gives backpacks filled with child-friendly, non-perishable foods to students in the Saratoga Springs City School District on the weekends when other resources aren’t available.
“It was great to see this level of support for a campaign that not only serves as a unique sign of the times but benefits the collective health of the Saratoga community in so many ways,” said NYRA President and CEO Dave O’Rourke in a statement.
“We thank our fans for their enthusiasm surrounding the face masks, as well as Mayor Kelly and the city of Saratoga Springs for their continued partnership and leadership.”
A limited number of three-pack sets of the face masks, which come in three different designs all featuring the Saratoga logo, are still available for $24.95 at shop.nyra.com.