AUTUMN HUES INCLUDE PINK AT EMPIRE CITY CASINO AT YONKERS RACEWAY’S SIXTH ANNUAL FALL HARVEST FESTIVAL IN HONOR OF BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH; $10 DONATION FOR EACH PERSON WEARING PINK TO SUSAN G. KOMEN FOUNDATION
YONKERS, October 10—The Autumn hues are in full array – red, orange and yellow – but the Sixth Annual Fall Harvest Festival at Empire City Casino at Yonkers Raceway will be “IN THE PINK” this Saturday (October 11). In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the theme for the night of harness racing is “Have Fun! Wear Pink!”
Empire City, Yonkers Raceway, its horsemen and the North American Amateur Drivers Association (NAADA) have once again joined in the fight against breast cancer. A donation of $10 will be made (with a maximum gift of $15,000) to the Susan G. Komen Foundation Greater NYC Chapter for every Fall Harvest Festival guest who wears the color du jour.
Of course, the customary sights, sounds and tastes of live music, pony rides, New York State craft beers, exciting Standardbred action (including the Legislators’ Challenge featuring 12 NYS assemblymen and senators), face painting, a pumpkin patch and so much more in a fun, family atmosphere are all back.
In keeping with the theme, pink horseshoes will be given away on the raceway’s track apron (while supplies last), all the drivers that evening are carrying pink whips, and the winning horses will receive pink blankets, sponsored by Team Allard, Richard Banca, Amber Buter, Rick Dane Jr., Scott DiDomenico, Mark Ford, Allan Johnson, Peter Pellegrino, Jody Riedel, Brittany Robertson, Nick Surick and Anita Vallee.
The Fall Harvest Festival takes place trackside from 4 PM-8 PM, with the first Legislators’ Challenge races set for 5:30 PM. Post time for the live racing card is 7:10 PM. Here’s the lineup for the Legislators’ Challenge: New York State Assembly: Michael Benedetto, District 82, Bronx; Michael DenDekker, District 34, Queens; Andrew Garbarino, District 7, Bayport; Francisco Moya, District 39, Queens; J. Gary Pretlow, District 89, Mt. Vernon; Andrew Raia, District 12, Northport; Joseph Saladino, District 9, Massapequa Park; Michaelle Solages, District 22, Valley Stream; Keith Wright,District 70, Manhattan; New York State Senate: Martin Malave Dilan, District 18, Brooklyn; Ruth Hassell-Thompson; District 36, Bronx/Westchester; and Kevin Parker; District 21, Brooklyn.
Representatives from the Komen organization are also going to be on hand to answer questions, provide informational materials and accept an oversized donation check in the winner’s circle at 6:30 PM.
As an incentive to help a worthy cause, the first 1,500 Empire Club members who visit a promotions booth that day receive a free, $2 exacta box ticket on one of that evening’s live races.