Wednesday, December 10, 2014

NEWS RELEASE: Fair Grounds Donates 1,957 Pounds of Food to Second Harvest

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Contact: Brian W. Spencer, Racing Analyst/Racing Communications, 504.948.1233,




NEW ORLEANS (Wednesday, December 10, 2014) – The community at Fair Grounds Race Course and Slots completed a successful collection effort to benefit Second Harvest Food Bank, amassing a total of 1,957 pounds of canned goods and non-perishable food items. Collection boxes were stationed at the race track as well as 10 other OTB locations throughout southeast Louisiana.


“We are proud to have been able to partner with Second Harvest Food Bank and help them towards reducing hunger in Louisiana,” said Fair Grounds Track President Tim Bryant. “Our employees, fans, and racing community answered the call in collecting 1,957 pounds of food for donation.”


In addition to the collection, Bryant on Tuesday presented Second Harvest with a check for $1,000 to aid their efforts.


Second Harvest Food Bank ( is the largest anti-hunger network in South Louisiana with a mission to end hunger by providing food access, advocacy, education, and disaster response. According to Second Harvest, 1 in 6 households in Louisiana are at risk for hunger due to the rising costs of food, housing, and utilities. The organization collects 25 million pounds of food to serve 22.5 million meals to 210,000 individuals annually.


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Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots, the nation’s third-oldest racetrack, has been in operation since 1872. Located in New Orleans, Fair Grounds is owned by Churchill Downs Incorporated (NASDAQ Global Select Market: CHDN); it also operates a slot-machine gaming facility and 11 off-track betting parlors throughout southeast Louisiana. The 143rd Thoroughbred Racing Season – highlighted by the 102nd running of the Louisiana Derby – will run from November 2014 through March 2015. More information can be found online at




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