Tioga Downs and Vernon Downs Casinos Donate $200,000 to American Red Cross for New York City Hurricane Sandy Victims

By WBNG News

Tioga Downs and Vernon Downs Casinos Donate $200,000 to American Red Cross for New York City Hurricane Sandy Victims

November 26, 2012 Updated Nov 26, 2012 at 2:54 PM EST

(WBNG Binghamton) Chairman of American Racing and Entertainment Jeff Gural, Tioga Downs Casino, and Vernon Downs Casino and Hotel announced Monday that they are donating $200,000 to the American Red Cross in aid of victims of Hurricane Sandy in New York City.

According to a news release:

Between Sunday, November 11 and Sunday, November 18, patrons who donated $5 Sunday through Thursday, and those who donated $10 on Friday and Saturday, received a free buffet in Tioga Downs’ County Fair Buffet. Patrons were also encouraged to donate additional funds above $5 and $10, with the total amount generously matched by Jeff Gural.

Through these means, as well as with donations from employees, Tioga Downs donated $31,000 and Vernon Downs amassed a total of $28,000. These amounts, with the help of Jeff Gural’s matching and personal donations, met the combined donation goal of $200,000.

According to Mr. Gural, “Our areas know what it’s like to deal with the aftermath of a flood, which is evident by the generosity of our patrons in showing their support for Hurricane Sandy victims.”

In addition, Meadowlands Racetrack and Gural are donating $250,000 to the American Red Cross to assist with Hurricane Sandy relief efforts in New Jersey.