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Saratoga Salutes Veterans and Hosts Toys for Tots Kick-Off Event

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – Saratoga Race Course will pay tribute to the nation’s active duty armed forces and veterans on Thursday, September 1.

Presented by The New York Racing Association Inc. (NYRA), the day will feature free grandstand admission for all United States active duty military and veterans with military ID.

The U.S. Marine Corps will also launch its annual Toys for Tots campaign at Saratoga Race Course. All fans who donate a new and unwrapped toy will receive $2 off grandstand admission. Donations can be dropped off at the Jockey Silks Room where Toys for Tots collection boxes will be located.

The annual U.S. Marine Corps’ Toys for Tots Holiday Drive will collect gifts at more than 400 locations throughout the Capital Region in 2011. This year’s collection is expected to bring in thousands of additional gifts for children in local communities. For more information, please visit http://albany-ny.toysfortots.org/local-coordinator-sites/lco-sites/default.asp.

“We are honored to host active duty military personnel and veterans who selflessly serve our country,” said NYRA Executive Vice President Hal Handel. “We invite racing fans to join us as we show our appreciation for the sacrifice put forth by our service members and their families. We also look forward to assisting the U.S. Marine Corps in its mission to collect toys and insure a merrier holiday season for children in need.” 

Additionally, NYRA will pay tribute to its employees who are on active duty or who have served in the United States military with a special ceremony in the winner’s circle during the National Anthem.

Operation Adopt a Soldier will collect donations to support active duty military, veterans and their families. Patrons are encouraged to donate items that will be sent in care packages to American service members serving abroad. Basic toiletries, canned food items, handheld electronic devices and dozens of other staple items are requested. Operation Adopt a Soldier will be on track at the Jockey Silks Room throughout the day. For a complete inventory of suggested items, please visit http://www.operationadoptasoldier.org.

For up-to-date information on Saratoga Race Course’s Veterans Day and other special events, please visit http://www.nyra.com/saratogaevents.


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