Local charities receive $10,000 each as part of fight against hunger
Sandy’s Racing & Gaming is giving back to the community this holiday season, supporting key organizations that are making a difference in the Tri-State area.
Donations totaling $30,000 were recently delivered to Ashland Community Kitchen, Hillcrest-Bruce Mission and Facing Hunger Foodbank. The groups play lead roles in ensuring those less fortunate can access things like food, clothing and more.
“This holiday season, we give thanks to our communities and those who work hard every day to improve the lives of others,” said John Marshall, President of Sandy’s. “We are blessed to be able to extend a helping hand to those in need.”
Receiving donations of $10,000 each were:
• Ashland Community Kitchen, which meets the needs of at-risk and displaced residents from The Neighborhood building in downtown Ashland, they provide more than 150 hot and nutritious meals a day, while ensuring those in need are treated with dignity and respect.
• Hillcrest-Bruce Mission offers life-changing programs for kids and families across Boyd County, including pre-school and after-school programs, clothing, meals, dental services and job-readiness training, among other services.
• Facing Hunger Foodbank, based in Huntington, partners with restaurants, grocery stores and food distributors to supply more than 250 soup kitchens, shelters and crisis centers in West Virginia, Ohio and Kentucky, serving nearly 130,000 people each year.
Already this year, Sandy’s has provided nearly $80,000 in donations to community groups in the Tri-State region, including Friends Of Portsmouth, Helping Hands of Greenup County, Veterans of Grayson and many more. Marshall said Sandy’s will continue giving back throughout the year, not just through donations, but with employees volunteering with local groups.
Sandy’s Racing & Gaming is Eastern Kentucky’s newest entertainment destination, with a $75 million gaming facility opening last month. That’s phase one of a planned development that will also include Kentucky’s only quarter horse racetrack and an equestrian center. The second phase of construction is set to begin next year, with the first races scheduled for 2025.