NYRA honors veterans at Aqueduct Racetrack
by NYRA Press Office
The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) honored America’s veterans on Friday at Aqueduct Racetrack with a donation of $5,000 to Hope for the Warriors and the sale of camouflage baseball caps with a portion of proceeds going to veterans groups.
Following Friday’s second race NYRA officials presented members of Hope for the Warriors, a national organization that provides support to service members, veterans and military families with a focus on transitioning back into society, providing health and wellness services and connecting veterans to community resources, with a $10,000 check that included $5,000 from NYRA and $5,000 from thoroughbred owner Harold Lerner.
“NYRA is proud to partner once again with Hope for the Warriors, an organization that provides much needed services to our veterans in the New York City area and around the country,” said Lynn LaRocca, NYRA Senior Vice President and Chief Experience Officer. “On behalf of all of NYRA’s employees I want to thank all veterans for their service to our country on this Veterans Day.”
Throughout the day, camouflage baseball caps were on sale for $5, with proceeds going to the Bernard J. Coleman VFW 2565 and Hope for the Warriors. Members of the military with valid military IDs received the caps for free.
Also on Friday, NYRA hosted the American Red Cross for a blood drive in the Aqueduct Room on the fourth floor from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The first race on the card was named in honor of the American Red Cross.