Thursday, August 18, 2016

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

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