Thursday, August 18, 2016

Tioga Downs seeks experienced casino personnel to aid in expansion

Sister property to host job fair next week

Nichols, N.Y. - August 18, 2016 - As expansion efforts continue at Tioga Downs, the entertainment complex is seeking experienced casino personnel to join to its growing team. Sister property Vernon Downs will host a job fair Monday, August 22, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. inside its events center.

Hiring managers need to fill a variety of full and part-time positions, all of which offer a competitive benefits package. Executives at Tioga Downs hope to be awarded a Class III casino license soon and are encouraging anyone with experience as a dealer, casino supervisor, surveillance operator, host, slot technician or other gaming operations to submit an application and/or attend the casino's job fair.

"As we look to the future, Tioga Downs simply needs more experienced people on its already outstanding staff in order to maintain the level of quality that our guests have come to expect," said owner Jeff Gural. "In order to attract the best talent, we offer highly competitive compensation to our employees."

Those benefits include a full range of insurance options, including heath, dental, vision and life, plus 401 K plans and paid time off work.

Just last week, Tioga Downs unveiled the first finished new gaming section of the major renovation underway at the entertainment complex. More than 250 video lottery terminals have been moved into the new gaming area for guests to enjoy. Major renovations to expand the Tioga Downs Casino will make way for table games that a Class III license would allow the facility to offer.

This year marks the tenth anniversary celebration for Tioga Downs. The entertainment complex offers live harness racing, video lottery terminals, video poker and electronic table games. A variety of eateries are also part of the racino. Jeff Gural owns Tioga Downs in Nichols, NY and Vernon Downs in Vernon, NY. Tioga Downs was recently recommended by the New York State Gaming Facility Location Board for a full gaming license. In the last decade, Tioga Downs and Vernon Downs have created more than 700 family-sustaining jobs and donated millions to nonprofit organizations. For more information on Tioga Downs, please visit

Vernon Downs helps Food Bank of Central New York raise over $70,000 in donations

Grand Funk Railroad concert proves successful

Vernon, N.Y. - August 18, 2016 - Friday's Grand Funk Railroad concert helped Vernon Downs raise significant funds for Food Bank of Central New York. A combination of proceeds from ticket sales and a personal donation by owner Jeff Gural equals a gift in the amount of $70,000, which will be made to the charity. Food Bank of Central New York itself was able to collect an additional $675.23 in cash donations at the door, bringing the total monies raised by the entire event to $70,675.23.

Vernon Downs sold 2,323 concert tickets at $15 each to raise the first $34,835. The donation amount doubled after Gural's personal donation of $35,165 to more than match ticket sales. In addition to the monetary gift, Gural also donated tickets to the USO for service members and their families to attend the show.

"We are so thankful for the incredible generosity Vernon Downs and Mr. Gural have expressed over the years," said Kathleen Stress, Executive Director of Food Bank of Central New York. "Their support has allowed us to focus on our mission of helping others when they are hungry and need it the most."

Food Bank of Central New York works to eliminate hunger through nutritious food distribution, education, and advocacy in cooperation with the community.

In addition to its video gaming machines, Vernon Downs offers live harness racing, concerts and other entertainment. Jeff Gural owns Vernon Downs in Vernon, NY and Tioga Downs in Nichols, NY.  In the last decade, Tioga Downs and Vernon Downs have created more than 700 family-sustaining jobs. For more information on Vernon Downs, please visit