SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – The New York Racing Association along with NEWS10 ABC will mark the one-year anniversary of Tropical Storms Irene and Lee with a donation and on-track collection efforts on Friday to assist the ongoing recovery efforts of local communities impacted by the storms.
Gates to Saratoga Race Course will open at noon on Friday; post time for the final Friday of the meet is 2:30 p.m.
“Each summer upon our return to Saratoga Race Course, we receive a warm welcome from the community that reminds us why we value our surroundings as much as we do. Tropical Storms Irene and Lee left many local areas deeply devastated and still in need of our help and support one year later,” said NYRA President and COO Ellen McClain. “We hope our contribution will help these communities as they continue to recover and rebuild.”
Track patrons will be invited to make monetary donations to benefit the Prattsville Relief Fund, Schoharie Area Long Term Recovery, Schenectady County Rebuilding Families, and Middleburgh Village Relief Fund.
Donations will be collected at the Clubhouse, Union Avenue and Reserved Seats entrances and will be split evenly among the four community relief organizations.
Additionally, NYRA will make a $5,000 donation to assist with rebuilding efforts during a ceremony in the winner's circle following the day's third race, which will be named “Remembering Irene & Lee – The Recovery Continues”.
The collection efforts and donation come nearly a year to the day after Tropical Storms Irene and Lee caused widespread destruction and major flooding in upstate New York, including the hard-hit communities of Prattsville, Schoharie, Schenectady and Middleburgh.