Tioga Downs to donate more than $100,000 to local veterans charity

Grand Funk Railroad concert proves successful

Nichols, N.Y. – August, 2016 – Saturday’s Grand Funk Railroad concert helped Tioga Downs raise significant funds for the Southern Tier Veteran’s Support Group (STVSG). A combination of proceeds from ticket sales and a personal donation by owner Jeff Gural equals a gift in the amount of $100,530, which will be made to the charity.

Tioga Downs to donate more than $100,000 to local veterans charityTioga Downs sold 3,351 concert tickets at $15 each to raise the first $50,265. Tioga Downs Casino was able to cover the production costs associated with the concert thanks to the generosity of their sponsors—CGL Architects, Larson Design Group, Giovanetti Shulman Associates and The Harman Group. The donation amount doubled after Gural’s promised 100% match.

“We are so thankful for the incredible generosity Tioga Downs and Mr. Gural have expressed over the years,” said STVSG Vice President Ben Margolius. “Their support has helped us provide critical help to so many veterans facing hardships.”

The STVSG aims to connect area veterans, service members and their families with a wide variety of resources to assist with their physical, emotional and economic well-being.

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 www.tiogadowns.com.

Primary Contact: Stephen Donnelly, Dynamic Innovation Group, (719) 337-8238 or stephen@dynamicinnovation.net

Secondary Contact: Kyle Messersmith, Tioga Downs, (607) 624-4372 or kmessersmith@tiogadowns.com