Six local organizations will compete to share $30,000 at the 11th annual Charity Cup on Oct. 27 at Finger Lakes Gaming and Racetrack in Farmington.
More than 40 charities applied for this event. This year’s groups are Bivona Child Advocacy Center, Blue Star Mothers of America, Christopher’s Challenge, Cobblestone Arts Center, Family Promise of Ontario County and Monroe Housing Collaborative.
After this year, the racetrack will have awarded $300,000 to more than 60 local nonprofits since its first Charity Cup in 2008.
“Again this year, we are so pleased to offer this unique event as an opportunity to help participating organizations continue to address several of the important needs and concerns of our community,” said Steve Martin, senior director of marketing at Finger Lakes Gaming and Racetrack. “We always enjoy working with our nonprofit partners, and we look forward to spending a spirited, fun afternoon with their dedicated staffs, volunteers and donors.”
Nonprofit organizations in Monroe, Ontario and Wayne counties were invited to apply for a chance to participate. The selection process was based factors like overall need, services provided, the program to be supported and the potential impact within the community.
The six organizations will gather supporters at the event to pick one horse in six designated races. Each group will receive points based on the actual race results. The nonprofit that earns the most points will take home the top prize: $10,000 and the Charity Cup trophy.
All participants will receive a share of $30,000 purse, with second-place earning $6,000, third-place winning $5,000, fourth-place receiving $4,000, fifth-place winning $3,000 and sixth-place earning $2,000.
The Bivona Child Advocacy Center provides child abuse response, healing and prevention through collaborative service, awareness, education and leadership. Its vision is to have a community where all children are safe and free from abuse. Funds from the Charity Cup will support the multidisciplinary team comprised agencies that are experts in the area of child abuse investigations, support services and referrals. Its purpose is to reduce the potential trauma to children and their families.
Blue Star Mothers of America supports deployed soldiers, veterans and military families on the homefront. Funds from the Charity Cup will help buy food, clothing, personal products and boxes of supplies for soldiers in war zones. The Blue Star clothing closet and food pantry is free for veterans and military families.
Christopher’s Challenge pays for typing samples for individuals willing to become potential bone marrow donors. Funds from the Charity Cup will allow the organization to cover the $195 fee and provide this opportunity to more potential donors. Its ultimate goal is to increase potential donors in the Be the Match bone marrow donor registry.
Cobblestone Arts Center’s mission is to use the arts as the common denominator in a diverse community. Charity Cup funds will go toward its Celebration of Youth program, which gives inner-city kids a summer work experience. The program allows teens from all socioeconomic statuses to come together and see each other from a perspective of respect, compassion and concern.
Family Promise of Ontario County seeks to unite the faith community and existing agencies, and provide a pathway for homeless children and families to secure reliable housing and self-sufficiency. Charity Cup funds will be used for general operating expenses at its new day center, as well as support a homeless emergency fund for those in need.
The Monroe Housing Collaborative, through its community partners, is structured to ensure safe, affordable housing options for people with special needs in Monroe County. Funds from the Charity Cup will help its Housing Navigation program. The Housing Plan will provide a road map for successful transition to independent community-based living.